mudcub (mudcub) wrote,

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Me And A CD

I don't know how I feel about CD "special editions". It seems like a devious way to get fans to buy the same damn album over and over again. It's like saying, "The engineering sucked the first time... sorry about that." But at it's best, it's a way of reconnecting to music that you loved years ago. Case in point: Robyn Hitchcock's "I Often Dream of Trains".

I'm a little confused, since there's a two-CD version being reissued, as well as a limited edition live CD/DVD version. But I bought my first copy on cassette at Northern Lights record store (record store!) on University Avenue in the midtown area between St. Paul and Minneapolis. It was 1984, and I was 15 years old.

I first heard the song "Uncorrected Personailty Traits" on a local college radio station. I expected the whole tape to be full of "Dr. Demento"-styled comedic songs. Instead, it's an amazingly beautiful compilation of acoustic four-track recordings: simple and solemn. Over the next year, I played the tape for anyone who would listen, and learned several tunes on the piano and guitar. It's good to spend time with an old friend again. Maybe you'll like the live tracks below.

These songs will be hosted for a week, but I hope they inspire you to buy the whole CD.

Uncorrected Personality Traits
Flavour Of Light
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