The R. Stevie Moore Family Album, Vol. 3

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The R. Stevie Moore Family Album, Vol. 3 Review

by Stewart Mason

Third in a series that stretches all the way back to 1985, The R. Stevie Moore Family Album, Vol. 3 collects recent covers of Moore's songs by friends, family, and admirers. The majority of names are utterly unfamiliar to casual listeners, except for Jad Fair, Martin Newell, north Jersey power pop combo the Breetles, and "Walk Like an Egyptian" composer Lane Steinberg, who offer excellent versions of "Under the Light," "Sperm Concern," "Play Myself Some Music," and "You Always Want What You Don't Have," respectively. (Longtime RSM fans will recognize the efforts of wife Krystyna Olsiewicz, longtime collaborator Billy Anderson, and patron Irwin Chusid as well.) Other highlights include the tape collage "The New Phonographers," a John Oswald-style reworking of Moore's 1976 album Phonography by Seattle's the Bran Flakes, sister Linda Moore (formerly bassist in the '80s country-pop outfit Calamity Jane) doing a quirkily countrified version of "Traded My Heart for Your Parts," and a lovely, High Llamas-style recasting of the instrumental "World's Fair" by the Listing Attic. Of course, as Columbia Records once said of Bob Dylan, nobody sings Stevie like Stevie, so none of these covers outshine the originals, but The R. Stevie Moore Family Album, Vol. 3 is a sweet bit of friendly admiration.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 R. Stevie Moore feat: Victor Lovera 01:20 SpotifyAmazon
2 R. Stevie Moore feat: Bran Flakes 02:59 SpotifyAmazon
3 R. Stevie Moore feat: Linda Moore 04:27 SpotifyAmazon
4 R. Stevie Moore feat: Martin Newell 03:05 SpotifyAmazon
5 R. Stevie Moore 01:02 SpotifyAmazon
6 R. Stevie Moore 02:03 SpotifyAmazon
7 R. Stevie Moore feat: Jad Fair 05:30 SpotifyAmazon
8 R. Stevie Moore feat: John Ferguson 02:42 SpotifyAmazon
9 R. Stevie Moore 03:13 SpotifyAmazon
10 R. Stevie Moore 05:37 SpotifyAmazon
11 R. Stevie Moore feat: Bob Brainen 02:18 SpotifyAmazon
12 R. Stevie Moore feat: Krystyna Olsiewicz 03:01 SpotifyAmazon
13 R. Stevie Moore 04:19 SpotifyAmazon
14 R. Stevie Moore feat: Irwin Chusid 02:00 SpotifyAmazon
15 R. Stevie Moore 04:16 SpotifyAmazon
16 R. Stevie Moore 03:01 SpotifyAmazon
17 R. Stevie Moore 01:34 SpotifyAmazon
18 R. Stevie Moore 04:45 SpotifyAmazon
19 R. Stevie Moore feat: Peter Spero 02:59 SpotifyAmazon
20 R. Stevie Moore feat: Breetles 04:15 SpotifyAmazon
21 R. Stevie Moore 03:11 SpotifyAmazon
22 R. Stevie Moore feat: Lane Steinberg 04:10 SpotifyAmazon
23 R. Stevie Moore 02:01 SpotifyAmazon
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