Jerry Reed

I'm Movin' On

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Following the years he spent dabbling in rockabilly on Capitol in the '50s, but before he found fame as a guitarist and recording personality on RCA, Jerry Reed recorded for Columbia. The two or three years he spent on the label were transitional ones during which he began recording guitar instrumentals (very different from his later "claw"-style exhibitions) and experimenting with a wide variety of styles. Reed placed a couple of minor hits on the pop charts during his Columbia years, but neither of those hits are included on I'm Movin' On, a budget reissue containing nine of Reed's Columbia recordings. "Love and War" and "Too Old to Cut the Mustard" are nascent examples of the novelty approach that Reed later perfected, and the latter also shows early evidence of his propensity for drastically reworking well-known material. "I'm Movin' On" is presented as a rock-oriented instrumental and "Hit and Run" is a grisly song of tragedy very unlike anything he recorded before or after. This is fascinating stuff, but only for devoted fans.