R. Stevie Moore - First-Hand (1983)




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Published on Dec 16, 2010

Edited by Nuno Monteiro. Song recorded NJ 1983. Included in 2003 compilation NEVERTHELESS OPTIMISTIC, produced by RSM & Irwin Chusid (WFMU, Songs in the Key of Z: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music)

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Guest Appearances by Dave Gregory (XTC), Kramer and Shooby "The Human Horn" Tailor.


AMG REVIEW: One of R. Stevie Moore's occasional releases on an outside label (in this case, the Minnesota-based avant-garde imprint Innova, better known for releases by the likes of Harry Partch and Anthony Braxton), the 2003 compilation Nevertheless Optimistic is closest in style and intent to 1993's excellent Contact Risk. These 23 songs include many of Moore's poppiest and most accessible tunes, but by including tracks like "The Holocaust Parade" (the first half of which is a bewildering sound collage built around an isolated vocal track from 1977's "Dance Man") and a duet with the outsider music hero Shooby "The Human Horn" Taylor on the old chestnut "I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover," the collection hints at the oddities waiting for those who wish to explore further into Moore's voluminous back catalogue. Ranging in time from 1974's "Moons" (a glorious electronic hymn that's among Moore's most endearing songs) to a 2001 collaboration with New York noise-hipster Kramer, the songs on Nevertheless Optimistic; the title comes from 1978's "Norway," which ironically isn't on the album; are as musically wide-ranging as one would expect from the terminally eclectic Moore, and as fine. For the sake of change, the most familiar songs here appear in different versions than usual: for example, "Part of the Problem" and "Hobbies Galore" are the original recordings from 1978 and 1975, respectively, not the better-known remakes from the '80s albums Glad Music and Teenage Spectacular. Similarly, this version of 1973's "Dates" was recorded in 1999, with former XTC guitarist Dave Gregory playing all the instruments (throwing in a sly quote from "Making Plans For Nigel" at the beginning) and singing backing vocals.
--Stewart Mason, All Music Guide

Irwin Chusid (born 22 April 1951, Newark, New Jersey) is a journalist, music historian, radio personality and self-described "landmark preservationist." His stated mission has been to "find things on the scrapheap of history that I know don't belong there and salvage them." Those "things" have included such previously overlooked but now-celebrated icons as composer/bandleader/electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott, Space Age Pop avatar Esquivel, illustrator/fine artist Jim Flora, various outsider musicians, and The Langley Schools Music Project.

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Compiled, edited & sequenced by Irwin Chusid, Dec 2010
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