R. Stevie Moore

Belief

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1986's Belief starts off with early versions of songs that would eventually appear on 1987's Teenage Spectacular LP, a lengthy original mix (with different vocals) of "Everyone but Everyone," a rough but effective demo of "The Bodycount," and the first mix of the Bob Dylan protest-era obscurity "Who Killed Davey Moore?" that was a particular favorite of R. Stevie Moore around this time. After that, it becomes a mostly instrumental wander through the mellower realms of Moore's musical imagination, with several long and engaging instrumentals interspersed with a few brief tidbits like "Cake Fat Boy," an amusing bit of studio banter preceded by Moore's mildly outraged on-stage query, "Who keeps buying Dark Side of the Moon?!" (Good question, that.) The twin highlights are the two-part title track, a synth-based melody interrupted by unexpected found-sound elements, and the simply lovely ten-minute guitar jam "Madison Tennessee Suite (1971)." The two-CD reissue includes nearly another full disc's worth of previously unreleased tracks from the same vintage.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 6:50
2 3:43
3 6:06
4 3:50
5 3:25
6 0:54
7 0:49
8 7:01
9 4:07
10 9:52
11 5:59
12 3:00
13 2:28
14 3:02
15 1:37
16 4:09
17 3:05
18
0:12
19 5:06
20 3:36
21 9:23
22 2:58
23 4:59
24 4:19
25 3:57
26 2:24
27 3:20
28 4:09
29 4:06
30 2:22
31 2:34
32 2:11
33 9:26
34 8:15
35 4:55
36 6:04
37 4:26
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