Thursday, July 15, 2010
Rich Does Hank
While in a semi-deep sleep, having one of my usual dreams involving an awl, some Halvah and Barbara Eden, I was suddenly awakened by a car blasting "Move It On Over" by George Thorogood, easily one of the most annoying presences on FM radio in the 80s.
That got me thinking about a version of the Hank Williams tune that for my money, destroys the Thorogood version. It's slick and it's subtle and it's the otherworldy Richard Thompson.
From RT's famous Gerdes' Folk City shows of 1982, a portion of which was released on the "Small Town Romance" album, here is "Move It On Over," taken from a killer 4 CD set called "Alone With His Guitar," which features an early show from 9/29/82, and two late shows, one from 9/29 and 9/30, as well as part of the soundcheck.
I especially love when RT asks the audience to "keep up" as they clap along. Then he starts his solo, and the audience falls apart. Though in defense of said crowd, it sounds more like Rich running away.
MOVE IT ON OVER