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The second in a series of Robyn Hitchcock retrospective box sets from Yep Roc, the five-disc Luminous Groove box set shines a light on Robyn's rock & roll renaissance with the Egyptians.
In 1985 Robyn's newest group, with ex-Soft Boys Andy Metcalfe and Morris Windsor plus keyboardist Roger Jackson, marked the next stage in the career of one of popular music's most unique creators. Fegmania! is a return to band format, showcasing the new outfit through sonic tapestries around Hitchcock's signature skittered melodies and private lyrics.
On Element of Light, The Egyptians glide between regal pop and driving psychedelia, resulting in of the most deliberate and nuanced college rock records of the decade. Gotta Let This Hen Out! captures a blazing live set by the Egyptians from London's Marquee club in early 1985. The band blasts through new and old Hitchcock classics, effortlessly blending the show into what amounts to a live best-of collection and reminding fans that Robyn's legend is built as much on loud guitars as it is on eerie metaphors and jagged melodies.
Just as with Yep Roc's first box set collection I Wanna Go Backwards, the curation of Fegmania!, Element of Light and Gotta Let This Hen Out! into one box set encapsulates a critical portion of the creative life of Britain's Mad Hatter of pop and further illuminates Hitchcock's gloriously mysterious Luminous Groove. The Luminous Groove is an eight-LP vinyl set.