What does it sound like?:
Very straight renditions of popular classics rendered in true twangy Hank manner, impeccably played and unmistakably him over his solo career. You get “Sealed with a Kiss”, “Peggy Sue”, “Guitar Man”, “Moon River”, a decent take on “Jessica”, “Fields of Gold”, “While my guitar gently weeps”…you can probably imagine the rest. The sound is very clear with no grungy rock versions of Shads hits to upset the target audience which it’s safe to say is not really this crowd. I’m a fussy git and it sounds all done in the box, highly quantised and I doubt there’s a real instrument here other than Hank’s guitar. A surprise inclusion is a samba version of “Hotel California” which catches elements of the original guitar solos in the midst of mucho percussion and some impressive acoustic flamenco-ish playing. Most of the hits are here, though no “Apache” oddly which was this picker’s intro to Hank. My school band’s heavy rock version is sadly lost to the mists of time but trust me it was brilliant.
What does it all *mean*?
Hank is still here and whilst I wish he’d pushed the boat out and done something different and surprising, he doubtless knows his audience who will love this. Here’s the thing though. Hank was the original guitar hero and not one of the generation of players who followed, from Clapton to Beck, Jimmy Page et al would hear a word said against him and some of them are special guests here. Playing melodically in crystal clarity is a lost art so good for Hank and may his tremolo arm stay strong.
Goes well with…
Anything where, as Tom Waits would put it, you want something not too interruptive.
28th June 2019
Might suit people who like…
Easy listening. Shops, restaurants with a low pain threshold. It’s easy listening, and doesn’t pretend to be anything else.