|Move It - Unreleased Rec. 1978-1992, Robert Gordon
Crown Electric AED-4082-2
Between 1978 and 1993, Robert Gordon and Chris Spedding were one of the most electrifying rock 'n' roll acts around. The unique combination of Gordon's powerful baritone voice and Spedding's inventive guitarwork resulted in a lot of terrific music, and albums like "Rockbilly Boogie", "Bad Boy", "Are You Gonna Be The One" and "Greetings from New York City" are a testament to their abilities and their special chemistry.
In September of this year Gordon and Spedding have planned a reunion tour, and therefor the release of this album with previously unreleased goodies is hardly a coincidence. Not just a collection of things that were left out in the past, but a real good compilation of great live performances, including the much sought after "Linda Lu" with a guest appearance of the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan.
I'm not gonna claim that I know everything Robert ever recorded, but I do have quite a collection, and on this album there are even a few songs that I think haven't been published in any form before, like the title song, a great rendition of Cliff Richard's "Move It", a version of Sonny Burgess' "Raw Deal", and an absolute superb performance of Tommy James & The Shondells' "Crimson and Clover", which sounds as if it was written especially for Robert Gordon. What a voice!
Since this album is an impression of the abilities of Robert & Chris on stage, and all songs were recorded live at various gigs between 1978 and 1992, do NOT expect studio quality, but I can assure you that this is a collection of goodies for all Robert Gordon fans. And you better be quick about getting a copy, because the CD is released by Crown Electric as a limited edition with a beautiful 12 page booklet, containing extended track information and magnificent action photos. Only 500 copies are available!
Liner notes by Chris Spedding:
Hardly. Because what people thus far have seemed to overlook is that the guy is simply a great singer. Period. You see, in the same way that it falls short of the mark to dub, say Hank Williams as a great writer of country and western songs - because he was, of course, simply a great songwriter - Robert Gordon has pipes that make any stylistic qualification redundant. Oh sure, Robert still wows 'em in concert with his special crackling brand of rockabilly. The audiences accept that. Rockabilly is great fun, and it will always remain an essential element in the man's musical make-up, but Gordon has just too much potential to languish permanently hidden under a rockabilly bushel. Point made? Good.
It only remains for me to 'fess up now I totally blow whatever cool I may still have... Because, you see, I have been peering over Robert's shoulder both in the studio and on stage since the 1978 breakup of his original partnership with that reemergent semi-legend of the first rock 'n' roll generation, veteran guitarist Link Wray. What was at first a loose, freewheeling working relationship - guitarists Danny Gatton and Lance Quinn did the honor around 1980-'81, for instance - has grown less and less casual over the years... -- Chris Spedding --
Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2005
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