I'm Absolutely Hank Marvin

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I'm Absolutely Hank Marvin

Postby (admin) » Wed Jul 02, 2008 9:07 am

No, this is not a grandiose post, but rather the title of a Hank Marvin recording that I had not heard of until now.

This track, to my ears, has the rich tone and soothing sound of Sleepwalk and I expect will be a classic. Something for Roy Clough to consider in any event. :)

So here it is. I would be intersted in your thoughts.



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Re: I'm Absolutely Hank Marvin

Postby (paologregorio) » Wed Jul 02, 2008 11:03 am

Lovely.
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Re: I'm Absolutely Hank Marvin

Postby (winston) » Wed Jul 02, 2008 10:42 pm

Wow! How could he top that? That's his best IMO.
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Re: I'm Absolutely Hank Marvin

Postby (kenposurf) » Thu Jul 03, 2008 11:31 am

Sweet! The melody reminds me of the Moody Blues "Isn't Life Strange" crossed with a bit of a Hawaiian slack key figure.....
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Re: I'm Absolutely Hank Marvin

Postby (royclough) » Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:26 am

This is a intriguing one and even some of Marvin's biggest fan's myself included did not know of it's existence.

I came across it by accident, the track was released on a limited edition CD single about 2 years ago credited to Richard Hawley which has two tracks, Coles Corner which is brilliant by the way. The front cover does not even mention the track it is only when you open the disc you see that inside cover lists the track as featuring Hank Marvin.

From what I can gather Hawley, who must be a fan, wrote the track and sent it to Marvin in Australia, stating "rather than me doing this, it would be great if you would consider doing it" he heard nothing for a while till the finished track was sent to him.

As some have said I think it is one of the best things he has done as a solo recording.
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Re: I'm Absolutely Hank Marvin

Postby (sir_andrew_of_left_coast) » Mon Jul 07, 2008 2:22 am

:o Wow!! Talk about giving a "voice" to a guitar!


It evokes images and emotions like that of old friends getting re-acquainted... chatting... reminiscing... even subtly weeping at times.
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Re: I'm Absolutely Hank Marvin

Postby (JimN) » Sat Nov 01, 2008 8:49 am

One thing that hasn't been mentioned is the genesis of the title of that track, although it is pefectly possible that it is so obvious that it hasn't been thought necessary to discuss it...

I'm sure that most of you will have heard of the phenomenon known as "Cockney rhyming slang", in which some words in speech are replaced by coded words or phrases which happen to rhyme with the replaced word. Obvious examples include "frog and toad" for "road" and "apples and pears" for "stairs". Yes - you've guessed - over the last few decades, "Hank Marvin" has come to be used as RS for "...starvin'...", meaning that "I'm absolutely Hank Marvin" means "I could eat a horse". You even occasionally hear it in the scripts of London-set drama programmes on TV here (notably "The Bill", in which the character DC Micky Webb was heard to use the phrase a year or so back).

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Re: I'm Absolutely Hank Marvin

Postby (royclough) » Sat Nov 01, 2008 8:56 am

Nice Theory Jim except guy who wrote it is from Sheffield in good old Yorkshire.


It certainly is not meant to be cockney slang I can assure you.
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Re: I'm Absolutely Hank Marvin

Postby (royclough) » Sun Aug 16, 2009 1:38 pm

Video re-posted

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