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LP on Full Time Hobby inc. Mark Lanegan, Okkervil River, Smoke Fairies, Alela Diane etc.
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CD on Full Time Hobby inc. Mark Lanegan, Okkervil River, Smoke Fairies, Alela Diane etc.
During a recent crisis, I drove across the pennines with Tim Hardin’s ‘Hang Onto A Dream- The Verve Recordings’ on repeat. Partly as I just couldn’t be bothered to change the CD and partly because it’s bloody amazing. We have an age range of almost 20 years here at the towers and yet not one person apart from me had ever heard of Tim Hardin which shows just how under the radar he is.
He wrote some of the greatest songs ever; ‘Reason to Believe’ (made famous by Rod Stewart), ‘If I Were a Carpenter’ (Bobby Darin), the stellar, gorgeous ‘Lenny’s Tune’ (Nico) and ‘Misty Roses’ (pretty much everyone) yet remains woefully under appreciated. If stuck, I like to think of him as a more solid, grounded less flighty Tim Buckley with a finer knack for memorable melodies. The people at Full Time Hobby obviously also have a penchant for the big man as they have brought us this wonderfully presented compilation of covers.
A look down the track listing reveals the great and good of Americana and acoustic pop present and correct including Mark Lanegan (sounding less gravelly than norm), Okkervil River, Diagrams, Sarabeth Tucek, Smoke Fairies, etc. Highlights include openers The Phoenix Foundation with a lovely ‘Don’t Make Promises You Can’t Keep’, Okkervil River slowing down the superb ‘It Will Never Happen Again’ almost to stop, The Sand Band’s countrified ‘Reason to Believe’. Most tracks are done in that slow, tasteful Americana style and a bit of variation and an energy boost may help certain tracks come out of their shells but quibbles aside this is a good introduction to Tim Hardin’s music, now just go and buy his first few albums and you won’t regret it.
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