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YepRoc is problematic

Posted in Personal by Will on Monday, July 7th, 2008 ~ 4pm

YepRoc’s reissues of Robyn Hitchcock’s albums have been really disappointing. The problem is that rather than gather up the previous edition’s bonus tracks — which I will refer to as the “Rhino” bonus tracks since Rhino released the previous editions — they’ve taken to omitting some of the Rhino bonus tracks and keeping some of the Rhino bonus tracks, and then adding some generally unpleasant unheard-before bonus tracks.

What they should have done was make each album a 2-disc set. Disc 1 would be the proper album. Disc 2 would be all the bonus tracks — Rhino and Yep Roc’s combined.

Unfortunately, I have to do this myself. Where some bonus tracks appear on both editions, I suppose it makes sense to use the new YepRoc ones as the source since chances are the sound quality may be better due to advances in mastering.

So, here is my suggestion for “Fegmania”.
Import as follows:

Fegmania (proper album)
“01” YepRoc 01. Egyptian Cream
“02” YepRoc 02. Another Bubble
“03” YepRoc 03. I’m Only You
“04” YepRoc 04. My Wife and My Dead Wife
“05” YepRoc 05. Goodnight I Say
“06” YepRoc 06. The Man With The Lightbulb Head
“07” YepRoc 07. Insect Mother
“08” YepRoc 08. Strawberry Mind
“09” YepRoc 09. Glass
“10” YepRoc 10. The Fly
“11” YepRoc 11. Heaven
“12” YepRoc 12. Heaven End Bit
Fegmania Bonus Tracks (combined Rhino & YepRoc)
“13” YepRoc 13. Bells of Rhymney
“14” Rhino 13. Dwarfbeat
“15” YepRoc 14. Some Body
“16” Rhino 15. Egyptian Cream (demo)
“17” YepRoc 15. Heaven (live)
“18” Rhino 17. Insect Mother (demo)
“19” Rhino 18. Egyptian Cream (live)
“20” YepRoc 16. The Pit of Souls (Parts I-IV)
“21” YepRoc 17. The Drowning Church
“22” YepRoc 18. The Man With The Lightbulb Head (instrumental)
“23” YepRoc 19. Lady Obvious

And here is my suggestion for the album “Element of Light”.
Import as follows:

Element of Light (proper album)
“01” YepRoc 01. If You Were a Priest
“02” YepRoc 02. Winchester
“03” YepRoc 03. Somewhere Apart
“04” YepRoc 04. Ted, Woody and Junior
“05” YepRoc 05. President, The
“06” YepRoc 06. Raymond Chandler Evening
“07” YepRoc 07. Bass
“08” YepRoc 08. Airscape
“09” YepRoc 09. Never Stop Bleeding
“10” YepRoc 10. Lady Waters & The Hooded One
“11” YepRoc 11. Black Crow Knows, The
“12” YepRoc 12. The Crawling
“13” YepRoc 13. The Leopard
“14” YepRoc 14. Tell Me About Your Drugs
Element of Light Bonus Tracks (combined Rhino & YepRoc)
“-” Rhino 15. The Can Opener – delete, this song sucks
“-” YepRoc 15. Sprinkling Dots – delete, this song sucks
“-” YepRoc 16. Upside-Down Church Blues – delete, this song sucks
“15” YepRoc 17. Into It – this song also appears on the album “You & Oblivion” so arguably it should be deleted, but the transition is really good, so, keeping it here.
“16” Rhino 18. If You Were a Priest – (demo)
“17” Rhino 17. President, The – (demo)
“18” Rhino 16. Raymond Chandler Evening – (demo)
“19” YepRoc 19. Bass (demo)
“20” Rhino 19. Airscape – (live)
“21” YepRoc 20. Lady Waters & The Hooded One (demo) – possibly delete, this demo kinda sucks
“22” Rhino 20. The Leopard (demo)
“23” YepRoc 18. Neck

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