Hitchcock Looks 'Backwards' With Boxed Set

Early recordings and previously unreleased material from Robyn Hitchcock will be packed in the five-disc boxed set "I Wanna Go Backwards," due Oct. 16 via Yep Roc.

Early recordings and previously unreleased material from Robyn Hitchcock will be packed in the five-disc boxed set "I Wanna Go Backwards," due Oct. 16 via Yep Roc.

A compilation of B-sides, demos and alternate takes, many of them previously unreleased, are assembled on the double-disc "While Thatcher Mauled Britain Part 1& 2." The British songwriter's 1981 debut, "Black Snake Diamond Role," 1984's "I Often Dream of Trains" and 1990's "Eye" will also be included in the box with bonus tracks and new liner notes penned by Hitchcock.

In addition, "I Wanna Go Backwards" will be made available as an 8-piece vinyl boxed set, while the individual discs will be sold separately as well. Rounding out this round of vault clearing is a digital-only release of 1982's "Groovy Decay," which will be available Dec. 11.

In 2008, a second box, tentatively dubbed "Bad Case of History," will sport the three albums Hitchcock recorded with his band the Egyptians plus another odds-and-sods collection, "Dynasty."

Hitchcock, 54, has released nearly two-dozen albums over the last 25 years, including his latest "Ole! Tarantula" in 2006.