The eclectic and gifted solo pop artist R.Stevie Moore's first LP, recorded by himself from 1974-76 around Nashville; strange, compelling, sometimes brilliant, always engaging!
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Label: Recommended Records
Catalog ID: ReR RSM1
Squidco Product Code: 12281
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded by R. Stevie Moore 1974-1976 in various homes in Nashville, East Nashville, and Madison, Tnnessee. Originally released on Vital Records (VS-0001, 100 pressings) in April 1976.
R. Stevie Moore-red plastic Hagstrom electric guitar, Gibson SG Junior electric guitar, Fender Precision Bas, Yamaha acoustic guitar, Alvarez classical guitar, Premier snare drum, upside down cardboard box bass drum played with back end drumstick, various full drum kits, Fischer cabinet grand piano, Franz metronome, maracas, tambourine, Cry Baby wah wah pedal, Jordan Creator sustain pedal, Korg synthesizer, Elka string synthesizer, Magnus chord organ, Realistic frequency equalizer, Maestro phase shifter, Univox echo chamber, hi-hat cymbals, extra cymbal (old), Panasonic cassette player, Koss and Vanco headphones, Fender Twin Reverb and Eenque amplifier, jack cords, picks, voice.
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1. Melbourne 3:26
2. Explanation Of Artist 0:32
3. Goodbye Piano 2:37
4. Explanation Of Listener 0:49
5. California Rhythm 3:42
6. I've Begun To Fall In Love (Carolynn Will You Come ?) 2:04
7. The Spot 1:19
8. I Want You In My Life 2:26
9. I Wish I Could Sing Lullabies To You 4:12
10. Theme From A.G. 1:25
11. The Voice 0:43
12. Showing Shadows 3:02
13. She Don't Know What To Do With Herself 3:17
14. The Lariat Wressed Posing Hour 3:53
15. I Not Listening 3:14
16. Mr. Nashville 1:35
17. Moons 5:58
sample the album:
"Phonography was Stevie's first LP release, and an out-of-the-blue masterpiece: terminally idiosyncratic but with all the compositional qualities of great pop. A gifted songwriter, R Stevie (son of Bob Moore, Elvis' bassist) grew up and was steeped in Nashville's countrypolitanism; but, as a recidivist rebel, he inevitably slipped into strange byways, following his own, unique path into celebrated obscurity - as this strange and compelling record attests.
Hans Arp said, 'My paintings are like fingernails: they keep growing and I keep cutting them off'. R Stevie's songs seem to follow the same rule. They create worlds, tell stories, trifle wantonly with form, harmony, structure and execution, and throw off passages of casual brilliance on the way. Lo-fi is integral to its purpose. You can't pay to get a sound like that.
So, when nobody seemed to want to keep Phonography in print, ReR Megacorp were happy to oblige - it's history. We took the opportunity to re-master and restore it to its original form."
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