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The Man Downstairs: Demos & Rarities

by Robyn Hitchcock

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Earthdog70 You had me at "Arnold Layne" Robyn! Favorite track: Arnold Layne.
F.E. Boone
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F.E. Boone This collection of songs is as good as "The Man Upstairs," which works better as an *album* than this one -- that's the only qualitative difference.
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mjlaverty54 I have to admit that I haven’t listened to Robyn’s music in years. I always enjoyed his music back in the day. I came across him again through Def. Dylan’s Podcast of Emma Swift’s”Blonde on the Tracks”. I love the Man Upstairs. Favorite track is Townes Van Zandt ‘s “The Tower Song”. I really have a soft spot for Solo with just a guitar. Well down Robyn old friend.
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bexico78 Because the man's a genius! Favorite track: Arnold Layne.
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SonofaBob Another alternative reality from Hitcho where the Man Downstairs supplants the Man Upstairs just as Mossy Liquor dissolves Moss Elixir and a Groovy Decoy turns your attention from the Groovy Decay. Who needs reality, this is a fantastic collection. Favorite track: Recalling The Truth.
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jeffclewis Such a joy to see live at Pappy & Harriet's and here's to your 70th - may the next trip around the sun bring you the joy you have brought us
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River Man 04:27
Arnold Layne 03:17
Born In Time 03:39


These songs were mostly recorded in 2013 as demos for "The Man Upstairs". These tracks were recorded in Cardiff by Charlie Francis in his attic, and in many cases didn’t survive being re-cut with Joe Boyd in London when it came to session time.

The concept for "The Man Upstairs" was that Joe and I make a kind of Judy Collins 1965-era album: half covers, half originals. That method has been extended for this limited edition outtake album.

I hope you enjoy it!

x RH


released August 7, 2020

All vocals: Robyn Hitchcock
All instruments: Robyn Hitchcock
All songs recorded by Charlie Francis in Cardiff
Except "River Man" and "Arnold Layne" recorded by Jessica Corcoran in London


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Robyn Hitchcock London, UK

Robyn Hitchcock is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist.

After leading The Soft Boys in the late 1970s and releasing the influential Underwater Moonlight, Hitchcock launched a prolific solo career.

He lives in Nashville, TN with the singer-songwriter Emma Swift.
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