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Movin' On

Movin' On

by Lee HazlewoodLee Hazlewood




Released in the same year as his swan song, Back on the Street Again, hearing this initially feels like as a bit of a letdown. Newly composed Hazlewood originals do not appear and overall the album comes close to a not-so-greatest-hits collection. The only two songs by his own hand are taken from the impressive concept album Requiem for an Almost Lady. Alas, out of their context and bereft of their superbly funny spoken-word introductions ("And you wake up one morning and you say: I feel good, I don't miss her, I can live without her/And you soon learn: that time will come, but it wasn't that day"), they make less sense. Furthermore, including four songs from 1969's career peak, Forty, while leaving out "The Bed" and "Bye Baby" makes you wonder whether Hazlewood had any influence on this at all. Does this turn Movin' On into a disappointing experience for longtime fans as well? Thankfully not, for there's still the other half of the album with songs selected by the man himself. You'll find it amazing how well the hilarious "Kung Fu You" matches his own repertoire. In fact, Hazlewood does it so well, you actually picture him getting in position before being hit black and blue with his own black belt. Like the previous 20th Century Lee, part of Movin' On suffers from over-production. Though some of the studio musicians are, in fact, the guys who would make ABBA famous in years to come, they opt for a kind of cheesiness that surpasses even Hazlewood in his own territory. Only incidentally do they hit the right mark, with "The Rising Star" and "It's for My Dad" being done in a tasteful manner and carefully suited to the sort of mourning Vegas act Hazlewood turned himself into on 1973's Poet, Fool or Bum. In a helpful mood, he performs both without a hint of irony. A nice Peterbilt truck on the album cover might serve to support a careful recommendation.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/12/2009
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667036825
catalogNumber: 1223
Rank: 98569


  1. Mother Country Music
  2. I've Got to Be Moving
  3. The Rising Star
  4. Come on Home to Me
  5. It's for My Dad
  6. Let's Burn Down the Cornfield
  7. Hello Saturday Morning
  8. Wait Till Next Year
  9. La L.A. Lady
  10. Paris Bells
  11. Kung Fu You
  12. It Was a Very Good Year

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lee Hazlewood   Primary Artist,Vocals
Janne Schaffer   Electric Guitar
Hasse Rosén   Guitar,Mandolin

Technical Credits

Jon Mark   Composer
Randy Newman   Composer
Alun Davies   Composer
Lee Hazlewood   Composer,Producer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Doug Gilmore   Composer
Lars Samuelson   Arranger
David Whitaker   Arranger
Lana Chapel   Composer
Garth Cartwright   Liner Notes
Charles Davis   Photo Courtesy
Bengt Engwall   Cover Photo
Yoseph Mangano   Cover Art Direction

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