R. Stevie Moore

Man of the Year Volume 1

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The first volume of a series of four CDs (originally released in 1986 as three 90-minute cassettes), Man of the Year Volume One is R. Stevie Moore at his most elemental. This is the sort of thing that those uninitiated to the wonders of Moore's musical universe might think of when they hear a phrase like "DIY home recording," not realizing the musical complexity of most of Moore's other records: all 33 of these songs are simply Stevie and his acoustic guitar sitting in front of a cheap home four-track cassette recorder, singing one song after another. The songs are a widely varied lot, from the relatively traditional "Blues for Cathy Taylor" -- which in its full-band version on 1987's Teenage Spectacular would become one of Moore's most popular songs -- to "E.T.," a half-mumbled early demo of the same tune, to the staticky drone "I Want Your Mother," to a rather fascinating spoken word piece called "Challenger Ten," concerning media overload following that space tragedy, recorded only days after it occurred.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:41
2 2:27
3 4:26
4 2:14
5 2:29
6 4:11
7 2:29
8
1:48
9 2:42
10 4:02
11 2:48
12 3:47
13 2:30
14 2:56
15 2:01
16 1:20
17 3:54
18 3:22
19
2:55
20 0:47
21 0:50
22 0:36
23 2:30
24 1:55
25 1:53
26 1:33
27 2:49
28 0:47
29
1:04
30 0:23
31 0:42
32 0:58
33 1:02
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