Amagamalin Street

A suite of songs written by Robert Hunter, and recorded by him for an album first released in 1984. He gives the following introduction in "Box Of Rain":
"The idea for Amagamalin Street occurred to me while leaning against a building on Fifth Avenue. I was in one of those ego-flattened mindframes that visit my West Coast psyche when confronted by Manhattan.

I began thinking about the values people must assign to themselves, and believe in despite all the evidence, in order to cope with the giganticism of Metropolis. I saw a drunk on the other side of the street making a show of himself - and I began inventing his story. I had a pencil but no paper - not a problem in New York; I picked up a handbill in the gutter for a show at the Apollo, and began to write on the back of it."
The songs in the suite are:
Amagamalin Street 
Gypsy Parlour Light 
Rambling Ghost 
Don't Be Deceived 
Taking Maggie Home 
Out Of The City 
Better Bad Luck 
Face Me (note 1)
Where Did You Go? 
13 Roses 
(1) the full suite is on the (double) LP. "Face Me" was squeezed off the CD version for reasons of space.


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