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Originally reviewed for week ending 7/10/93
by Paul Verna

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R. STEVIE MOORE
Contact Risk

PRODUCER: none listed
Fruit of the Tune 888

New Jersey-based screwball whose home
recordings have spawned a cottage industry
of cassette collectors compiles his first CD
release. The sponge-like artist absorbs
styles from A to Z and squeezes them into
a lunatic musical stock that veers from
avant-garde sonic experiments to three-
minute songs that, in a parallel universe, are
classics. On this planet, though, Moore's
music remains attainable only to those with
a taste for the zany, unpredictable, and
unclassifiable. Contact: (201)746-0531.

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Originally reviewed for week ending August 28, 1999
by Paul Verna


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blackstar.gif R. STEVIE MOORE
The Future Is Worse Than The Past

PRODUCER: Irwin Chusid
Megaphon/Pink 008

We can all celebrate the fact that R. Stevie
Moore remains healthy and crazy. Heart
problems a couple of years ago didn't
make a dent in his musicianship or in the
eccentric spirit that has made him one of
the true originals. A staple of the New
York/New Jersey underground who
became a one-man cottage industry when
he started a home-taping phenomenon
eons ago, Moore has kept at it, churning
out cassettes and LPs by the truckload.
He was slow to embrace the digital era,
finally breaking down in 1993 and releas-
ing a CD compilation of recordings he'd
made over the years. Now, under the guid-
ing hand of music scholar and producer
Irwin Chusid, Moore steps into the fore
with yet another collection of lo-fi sym-
phonies, including "Everyone, But Every-
one," with its echoes of Harry Nilsson,
Ben Folds, and Alex Chilton; the synth-
spiced "Where We Are Right Now"; the
Devo-esque "Academy Fight Song"; and
the dreamy "Play Myself Some Music."
Unsung by all save a small cult, Moore
deserves a wider audience. Perhaps this
fine release will help him find it. Contact:
www.rsteviemoore.com.

CRITICS CHOICES (): New releases, regardless of chart potential, highly recommended because of their musical merit.

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