Oh Robyn, Robyn, Robyn. Why must you be so flighty? Perhaps it’s difficult, when one is so extravagantly gifted, to keep on at something long enough to finish it properly: “Yes, I’m working on a song now, but there’s a painting to do, then a film to make and anyway, there’ll be another song along in a minute…”
The opening track on this collection of material from the vaults (1993-99) is typical. For Debbie Reynolds sounds as though it’s being recorded in his front room, then, whaddaya know, the phone goes, so he stops. Would it have hurt to do another take, or even a finished demo? Or to have turned the phone off?
But this is also why we love him, and there are plenty of quality songs here, including a brilliant reading of The Wind Cries Mary. Considering that this material didn’t make it to release first time round, it’s entirely possible that Hitchcock’s throwaway noodlings would make a lesser musician’s entire output. Styles range from solo fingerpicked guitar to multi-tracked, multi-instrumental settings. Although Hitchcock does most of the work, there are telling contributions from Terry Edwards (owner of the Sartorial label) and Moris Tepper, a stalwart of the good Captain’s Magic Band.