Spurts: The Richard Hell Story

Spurts: The Richard Hell Story

by Richard HellRichard Hell


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/02/2005
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227472320
catalogNumber: 74723
Rank: 60679

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
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
Thurston Moore   Composer
Dee Dee Ramone   Composer
Steve Shelley   Composer
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers   Producer
Steve Woolard   Discographical Annotation
Robert Christgau   Liner Notes
Carola Dibbell   Liner Notes

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