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Spurts: The Richard Hell Story

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Richard Hell has produced a rather small body of work as a musician -- two albums as a frontman -- Blank Generation and Destiny Street -- and one in collaboration with a handful of downtown-New York all-stars, released under the handle Dim Stars. But the work casts a very long shadow; Hell has more than earned his reputation as one of the groundbreaking figures of the New York new wave/punk scene, not just for being there at the right place and time but for creating some powerful and startling records with a handful of gifted collaborators most significantly, guitarist Robert Quine, and the literacy and force of his songwriting has stood the test of time better than many of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Richard Hell has produced a rather small body of work as a musician -- two albums as a frontman -- Blank Generation and Destiny Street -- and one in collaboration with a handful of downtown-New York all-stars, released under the handle Dim Stars. But the work casts a very long shadow; Hell has more than earned his reputation as one of the groundbreaking figures of the New York new wave/punk scene, not just for being there at the right place and time but for creating some powerful and startling records with a handful of gifted collaborators most significantly, guitarist Robert Quine, and the literacy and force of his songwriting has stood the test of time better than many of his peers' work with the exception of Patti Smith. But for a man with such a small legacy, Richard Hell certainly seems fond of anthologizing his work, and Spurts: The Best of Richard Hell marks the third time he has attempted to sum up his life in rock & roll in one convenient package. Spurts focuses a bit harder on the more recognizable facets of the Hell canon than either 1984's R.I.P. or 2002's expanded and revised version, Time -- since Spurts draws from a variety of sources rather than just unreleased material, it includes the most familiar versions of "Love Comes in Spurts" and "Blank Generation," as well as cuts from Destiny Street in newly remixed form and the latter-day Dim Stars sessions. There are a few historically important rarities on-board as well, most notably a live recording of "Blank Generation," from Hell's brief tenure with Television, a radically different version of "Love Comes in Spurts" recorded with the Neon Boys Hell's pre-Television collaboration with Tom Verlaine, and a one-off, one-song reunion with the original Voidoids from 2001 "Oh," which stands as a potent reminder of how great that band was. To look at the pieces, this is certainly the most career-inclusive Hell collection of the three, and serves as a vivid testament to his talents. But despite the fact this set gets a ringing endorsement from Hell himself who compiled it, as a whole it isn't quite as satisfying as his two albums with the Voidoids, and doesn't flow with the same jagged grace as R.I.P. or Time. Spurts also lacks Time's witty and revealing liner notes, though the enclosed interview with Robert Christgau and Carola Dibbell certainly has its moments. As an introduction to Hell's music, Spurts is an appropriately intelligent, absorbing, and challenging anthology, but no one who is at all intrigued with his work should stop here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/2/2005
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 081227472320
  • Catalog Number: 74723
  • Sales rank: 89,958

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love Comes in Spurts - The Neon Boys (3:04)
  2. 2 That's All I Know (Right Now) - The Neon Boys (2:34)
  3. 3 Chinese Rocks - Johnny Thunders (2:41)
  4. 4 Blank Generation - Richard Hell & the Voidoids (2:45)
  5. 5 Liars Beware - Richard Hell & the Voidoids (2:53)
  6. 6 Walking on the Water - Richard Hell & the Voidoids (2:16)
  7. 7 Love Comes in Spurts - Richard Hell & the Voidoids (2:03)
  8. 8 The Kid with the Replaceable Head - Richard Hell & the Voidoids (2:21)
  9. 9 Crack Down - Richard Hell & the Voidoids (2:11)
  10. 10 Time - Richard Hell & the Voidoids (3:05)
  11. 11 Ignore That Door - Richard Hell & the Voidoids (3:13)
  12. 12 Lowest Common Dominator - Richard Hell & the Voidoids (2:23)
  13. 13 Downtown at Dawn - Richard Hell & the Voidoids (4:09)
  14. 14 Dim Star Theme - Dim Stars (3:39)
  15. 15 Baby Huey (Do You Wanna Dance?) - Dim Stars (2:33)
  16. 16 Monkey - Dim Stars (3:38)
  17. 17 The Night Is Coming On - Dim Stars (3:50)
  18. 18 Oh - Richard Hell & the Voidoids (4:11)
  19. 19 She'll Be Coming (For Dennis Cooper) - Ivan Julian (4:30)
  20. 20 Rip Off - Dim Stars (5:39)
  21. 21 Blank Generation - Television (2:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richard Hell Primary Artist, Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Robert Quine Guitar, Background Vocals
Tom Verlaine Guitar
Richard Lloyd Guitar
Jad Fair Saxophone
Jerry Antonius Bass
Marc Bell Drums
Billy Ficca Drums
Don Fleming Guitar
Ivan Julian Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
Jimmy Lee Saz
Walter Lure Guitar
Fred Maher Drums
Thurston Moore Bass, Guitar
Jerry Nolan Drums
Steve Shelley Drums
Johnny Thunders Guitar, Background Vocals, Voices
Frank Mauro Drums
James Morrison Drums
William Ruiz Percussion
The Neon Boys Track Performer
Jahn Xavier Bass Guitar
Jimmy Lee Saz
William Ruiz Percussion
Jerry Antonious Bass Guitar
Frank Mauro Drums
Technical Credits
John Fogerty Composer
Richard Hell Composer, Liner Notes, Author, Remixing, Art Direction
Robert Quine Composer
Tom Verlaine Composer, Producer
Tom Fogerty Composer
Marc Bolan Composer
Alan Betrock Producer
Don Fleming Composer
Richard Gottehrer Producer
Ivan Julian Composer, Producer, Remixing, Remastering
Thurston Moore Composer
Dee Dee Ramone Composer
Steve Shelley Composer
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers Producer
Steve Woolard Discographical Annotation
Robert Christgan Liner Notes
Carola Dibbell Liner Notes
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