A must for Richard Hell fans...
J. Righter | Bethesda, MD United States | 04/04/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This quite good collection fills in all the holes in Richard Hell's short-lived, but nonetheless excellent foray into music. The collection covers a lot of ground over the more or less decade that Hell recorded. For fans, its a must. However, its not a "greatest hits" or "best of" package, so if you're new to Richard Hell and the Voidoids, I'd strongly suggest that you first try out his classic (and best) release, "Blank Generation." The first disc on "Time" is an expanded "RIP," which ROIR released originally many years ago. The recording quality varies greatly as does the general quality of the songs. Highlights include early and excellent versions of "Love Comes In Spurts," "Chinese Rocks" (both recorded when Hell was a member of the Heartbreakers), "I'm Your Man," and "Time," as well as the (pre-RIP) never-before-released "The Hunter Was Drowned." The disc perfectly displays Hell's wide and divergent take on music (which went way beyond just punk music, incorporating elements of blues, 1950's pop, and free jazz, among other influences). Again, not every track is a winner, but taken in total, it provides a very interesting retrospective of Hell's career. The second disc is all live material, and while the sound quality is a little rough (to say the least), the performance is outstanding: very energetic, with the aggression level amped up on a number of the songs, particularly the first few tracks -- "Love Comes In Spurts," "Liars' Beware," and "You Gotta Lose." Very good."
Time and Time again
Melissa Tomjanovich | New York, NY USA | 09/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Time and time again Richard Hell ardently heightens that incantatory possession/dispossession all great music catalyzes to a level where the body is too small a host for the inspiration! This double disc retrospective, both incendiary, dolorous and highly evocative, is an indispensable gem for any music lover. Featuring 17 previously unreleased live recordings, (two with Elvis Costello and a cheeky cameo of Johnny Rotten urging for an encore at the Music Machine 1977), a fuelled classic live set in New Orleans (84), not to mention some of the best versions of "I'm Your Man", "Crack of Dawn" "Time" etc. Hell's eloquent, informative introduction in the cover booklet is reason enough to purchase this item! The perfect musical parallel for Hell's Hot and Cold, a priceless collection of writings! Don't miss out!"