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- 01. MANUFACTURERS (5:26)
- 02. IT'S WHAT YOU DO (IT'S NOT WHAT YOU ARE) (4:16)
- 03. ALECIA (5:37) VIDEO
- 04. YOU ALWAYS WANT WHAT YOU DON'T HAVE (3:56)
- 05. JAILBAIT (3:41)
- 06. THE WHEREABOUTS (3:35)
- 07. DIARY (3:23)
- 08. THINKING (5:12)
- 09. GETTING BETTER (2:54)
CDR Bonus Tracks:
- 10. MELBOURNE (3:18)
- 11. MELBOURNE [Factory Mix] (3:17)
- 12. ROCK 'N' ROLL KIT (3:01)
- 13. I'M ONLY SLEEPING (3:03)
- 14. AND YOUR BIRD CAN SING (2:03)
- 15. AND YOUR BIRD CAN PLAY (2:03)
- 16. TIME OF THE SEASON (4:39)
Like all of Moore's albums, this is a self-performed, self-produced, homemade release. While the sound here is sometimes tinny or muffled and the performing in places is haphazardly executed, there is a certain basement-brewed charm and cleverness afoot here that makes this record quite listenable. Highlights include "Jailbait," which sounds like a classic raw black blues number, complete with soundalike vocals and funky lyrics, but without the use of blues chordal progressions; the swallowed-up production values here help contribute to the illusion that this song was culled from a 1930's breakable 78. "Alicia" is an eccentric uptempo song with clear nods to White Album-era Beatles and the Bonzo Dog Band. "Whereabouts" is an acoustic country-pop tune with whining falsetto vocals that sometimes veer into out-of-tuneness. "Manufacturers" is a funky, almost danceable number full of chordal and arrangement surprises that has ironically cretinous lyrics delivered in a Barry White-style voice. There are two covers here, the better one being "Diary," the sentimental 1970s ditty by Bread; this comes off as a hilarious parody owing partly to the additions of a drum machine track, strangely timed crashing cymbals, and an earnestly exaggerated vocal delivery -- a real hoot. This is an inconsistent, if unusual and sometimes fun record to listen to.
R. STIEVE MOORE
R. Steive ist ein Besessener. Er sitzt irgendwo in den Staaten, diverse Billigaufnahmegerate um sich geschart und ist der idee verfallen, die Welt mit Songs zu versorgen. Er hat bisher 210 (!) C60-Cassetten aufgenommen - nichts deckt sich - alles Songs. Und was fur welche! Er besitzt die herrliche Naivitat eines Kevin Ayers, die Hingabe zur Traurigkeit eines John Cale und die Unverfrorenheit, was Stilmittel und Soundvorstellungen betrifft, eines Jad Fair.
R. Stieve hat seine erste LP draußen, nach all den Cassetten, die er in kleinsten Auflagen in alle Winkel der Welt verschickte. Wenn du nie eine davon erhalten hast ist diese LP ein Trostpflaster, aber nur ein klitzekleines. Dem Mann gehort meine ganze Sympathie.
R. Steive is a possessing. It sits somewhere in the States of, various cheap-accommodation-turned out around itself geschart and the idea expired to supply the world with Songs. It took up so far 210 (!) C60-Cassetten - nothing covers itself - all Songs. And which fur which! It possesses the wonderful Naivitat of a Kevin Ayers, which devotion for the sadness John of a Cale and the insolence, which concerns style means and sound conceptions, a Jad fair.
R. Stieve has its first LP outside, after all the cassettes, which it sent away in smallest editions into all angles of the world. If you never received one from it are this LP a comfort plaster, but only a klitzekleines. The man going place my whole sympathy.
Rare French test pressing
found on eBay 10/2001
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Also available on 2CDR
(with TEENAGE SPECTACULAR)
includes 7 Bonus Tracks