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Element of Light
Robyn Hitchcock & Egyptians
Element of Light
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
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On Element of Light, The Egyptians glide between regal pop and driving psychedelia, resulting in of the most deliberate and nuanced college rock records of the decade. EOL and other Egyptians' records from this period are ...  more »


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All Artists: Robyn Hitchcock & Egyptians
Title: Element of Light
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rhino / Wea
Original Release Date: 1/1/1986
Re-Release Date: 2/28/1995
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Singer-Songwriters, Indie & Lo-Fi, Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriters, Folk Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 081227183929


Album Description
On Element of Light, The Egyptians glide between regal pop and driving psychedelia, resulting in of the most deliberate and nuanced college rock records of the decade. EOL and other Egyptians' records from this period are widely credited with introducing Hitchcock to American audiences and remain some of the most significant releases in the career of one of music's great explorers. EOL also includes bonus tracks curated by Robyn himself that do not appear on the original version of the album.

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This is one of my favorite records in the world--still!
Christine Potter | Rockland, NY | 03/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I fell hard for Robyn Hitchcock back in the early/mid eighties when folks here in the States first got hip to him. I defended him from bad reviews in angry letters to the Village Voice, and got my good black cashmere coat stolen at some rank place he was playing in downtown NYC. I can't call myself a rock and roll fan anymore; I listen mostly to classical radio, and buy the occaisional roots-rocky or Brit folk CD. OK, so I'll be 50 in a couple of years...but "Element of Light" is still wonderful. In fact, I've listened to it again a few times, lately, and it sounds even better than I thought it was back in the day. "Winchester" still does it for me--gorgeous zillion part harmony awash in nostalgia. "Airscape" is still one of the most breathtaking pieces of neo-psychedelia I've ever heard, and even prettier than "Winchester"--an absolute benediction of a love song. The wacky songs, especially "Bass" are well-crafted mood-brighteners, totally unique. "The President" captures perfectly the nastiness of the Reagan years. Robyn's angry horror at news about Reagan's infamous cemetary visit still resonates. It's uncanny that a Brit could get it so right. Let the folks who are fanning the flames at Robyn's website argue over whether this is as good as "Fegmania" or whatever. This is a smart record with its heart beating in just the right place. Buy it. It won't be out of your CD player for two weeks--I promise."
Varied, listenable, classic!
Christine Potter | 09/08/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Well this is it - the most pop-y of the 'egyptians' albums (except Perspex Island, which is a different kettle of dimes altogether) and possibly the best. If you've never bought an Egyptians album before this is a very good place to start. From the rocking 'If you were a Priest' through to the slightly psychedelic bonus track 'The Leopard', this little honey of a disc takes you on a fabulous journey through the minds of Robyn, Andy and Morris (but mostly Robyn). The rock of 'The President' and 'Tell me about your drugs' is carefully balanced with mellow floaty tracks such as 'Airscape', with silly catchy tunes about threesomes (Ted, Woody & Junior), with popp-y numbers with unforgetttable lines ('I'm gonna burn your bongos tonight!'), simple fairy tales to delight and frighten your children ('Raymond Chandler Evening', 'Lady Waters and the hooded one') and plain daftness ('Bass'). A marvellous, very listenable experience. Buy it. Love it!"
All the hits that could have been
wm | ...onward....thru the fog! | 11/17/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"In a parallel universe(which, by all appearances, is where Robyn really exists, and we're merely seeing his ghost), almost every song on this album would be a massive radio hit. Once again, we find Robyn channeling John Lennon; this time, mostly from the Plastic Ono Band era. If it weren't for Hitchcock's oblique lyrics, several of the songs here would have been played back to back on the radio with R.E.M. hits of the same vintage, which comes as little surprise, since it was around this time Robyn first started hanging out with Peter Buck of R.E.M.. A couple of years after this album came out, Robyn opened for R.E.M. on their U.S. tour. He almost stole the show, and I'll never forget at one point he says "Please welcome my friend 'Kenny' on the guitar". 95% of the audience was oblivious to the fact that 'Kenny', playing killer 12 string electric while sitting on a stool was none other than Peter Buck. This is a great album, although the recording quality on the CD could have been better."