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The 9 Volt Years: Battery Powered Home Demos & Curios (1979-198?)
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Marshall Crenshaw's meld of rock & roll archaeology and empathetic songwriting remains striking lo these many moons since his debut. The 9 Volt Years, which collects demos and the odd radio performance, is a reminder of ju... more »
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Marshall Crenshaw's meld of rock & roll archaeology and empathetic songwriting remains striking lo these many moons since his debut. The 9 Volt Years, which collects demos and the odd radio performance, is a reminder of just how startling Crenshaw's forward-thinking retro style was in the early '80s. Fans will be familiar with some of these titles--"Someday Someway," "You're My Favorite Waste of Time," "Something's Gonna Happen," "Rockin' Around in NYC," heard here in versions similar to but different from the previously released takes, along with substantial retoolings of a couple of others--while more will quickly become new favorites. A pretty good "I'm Sorry" (Bo Diddley's, not Brenda Lee's) and a terrific reading of Sam Cooke's "That's It, I Quit, I'm Movin' On" are the obligatory covers. For even casual Crenshaw watchers, a must. --Rickey Wright
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Alf Kremer | Denver CO | 03/10/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A good quick exposure to Marshall Crenshaw in action. Since some of his album's were produced to a perfect polish, it's sort of fun to hear them with more edge to them. High props espcially to "Someday Someway" (rockier), "Favorite Waste of Time", "Bruce Is King" and "Stay Fabulous". Quick note - "I'm Sorry" is NOT "I'm Sorry (But So Is Brenda Lee)", but rather the Bo Diddley song. Since "A Collection" is apparently not in print, this may be a good way for neophytes to check out what Mr Crenshaw's all about."
A nice little rock-n-roll CD that actually rocks.
firstname.lastname@example.org | Naples, Florida | 05/03/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you are a fan of Marshall Crenshaw, you'll love listening to this CD of his favorite demo tapes. We like to put this CD on while we are lounging around the pool. It's fun to imagine that Marshall is out in our garage playing and practicing. This music is light-hearted, soul-warming, and just really great rock-n-roll. Phil Wilkerson, Naples, Florida."
Unpolished gem will light up any room (despite low wattage)
Wayne Klein | My Little Blue Window, USA | 08/30/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This unpolished rarities collection captures Crenshaw at his best. What the songs lack in polish they make up for in raw energy. These demos are somewhat rare (although one or two have appeared on vinyl or CD). The liner notes are fun as well although I'd like to have seen a bit more of Marshall's witty comments. This deserves 3 1/2 stars (it would get four but there are a couple of tracks that aren't quite up to snuff despite the fact that they are fun to hear). This album along with the recent This is Easy anthology and Live - My Truck is My Home would make the perfect homemade box set for any Crenshaw fan."