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New Music (Sort Of) – Bob Dylan

Out soon is the latest in the series of Bob Dylan “Bootleg Series” albums, previous volumes have produced real gems like “Blind Willie McTell” and a stripped back “Outlaw Blues” the latest release has already stepped up to the mark with this stripped down version of “Mississippi” which appeared in a much different form on the “Time Out Of Mind” album.

Tell Tale Signs

Tell Tale Signs

 

“Mississippi”  

From the same album comes “Dreamin’ Of You”

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September 23, 2008 Posted by | New Music, Old Music | | Leave a comment

Shiver Me Timbers

Tom Waits

Tom Waits

Tom Waits in one form or another has been high on the playlist and whilst the recent tribute album from Southside Johnny is superb I prefer the often stripped back interpretation of his songs as recorded by Holly Cole in her 1995 album “Temptation”.

Temptation

Temptation

“Temptation” is a tour de force that succeeds on many levels: the brilliant writing of Tom Waits, the minimal and gorgeous production of Craig Street, and, predominantly, the interpretive genius and innovation of Holly Cole. “Take Me Home,” “Train Song,” and “Frank’s Theme” boast the Cole-comfortable arrangements her longtime fans are familiar with: sparse instrumentation, dark vocal inflections, and more mood than any other jazz singer would ever be able to conjure. But the fleshing out of her sound on “Falling Down,” “Little Boy Blue,” “The Heart of Saturday Night,” and “I Want You,” are something to behold. While her trio setup is her claim to fame (piano, bass, and vocals), hearing her pensive vocals backed by harmonica, horns, guitar, and strings take the already-exciting Holly Cole experience to a whole new level. “Jersey Girl,” with its hand claps and “sha la la” backup vocals, even treads close to the realm of radio-ready pop. “Soldiers Things” could easily turn maudlin in the hands of a less capable vocalist, but Holly knows just how much darkness to inflect so the focus is on her resigned sadness and not any self-pitying melodrama. Her dark, octave-layered vocal on the title track is also dead on; the hypnotic track plays like a soundtrack for any situation in which you find yourself doing something you probably shouldn’t…with a half-smile on your face all the while. Perfectly complimented by Craig Street’s organic production, “Temptation” finds Holly in her darkly seductive, minimalist glory. Challenge yourself to find a more unique vocalist or stronger artistic statement, and you will be kept very busy indeed.”

Review from www.amazon.com

All songs written by Tom Waits.

  1. “Take Me Home” – 2:27
  2. “Train Song” – 3:26
  3. “Jersey Girl” – 3:45
  4. “Temptation” – 3:05
  5. “Falling Down” – 5:18
  6. “Invitation To The Blues” – 4:23
  7. “Cinny’s Waltz” – 2:34
  8. “Frank’s Theme” – 3:10
  9. “Little Boy Blue” – 2:58
  10. “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up” – 4:30
  11. “Tango Til They’re Sore” – 4:28
  12. “(Looking For) The Heart Of Saturday Night” – 3:37
  13. “Soldiers Things” – 3:23
  14. “I Want You” – 2:56
  15. “Good Old World” – 1:35
  16. “The Briar And The Rose” – 5:28
  17. “Shiver Me Timbers” – 4:32

Here is “Shiver Me Timbers”
“Shiver Me Timbers”
I’m leavin’ my fam’ly
Leavin’ all my friends
My body’s at home
But my heart’s in the wind
Where the clouds are like headlines
On a new front page sky
My tears are salt water
And the moon’s full and high

And I know Martin Eden’s
Gonna be proud of me
And many before me
Who’ve been called by the sea
To be up in the crow’s nest
Singin’ my say
Shiver me Timbers
‘Cause I’m a-sailin’ away

And the fog’s liftin’
And the sand’s shiftin’
I’m driftin’ on out
Ol’ Captain Ahab
He ain’t got nothin’ on me, now.
So swallow me, don’t follow me
I’m trav’lin’ alone
Blue water’s my daughter
‘n I’m gonna skip like a stone

So please call my missus
Gotta tell her not to cry
‘Cause my goodbye is written
By the moon in the sky
Hey and nobody knows me
I can’t fathom my stayin’
Shiver me timbers
‘Cause I’m a-sailin’ away

And the fog’s liftin’
And the sand’s shiftin’
I’m driftin’ on out
Ol’ Captain Ahab
He ain’t got nothin’ on me
So come and swallow me, follow me
I’m trav’lin’ alone
Blue water’s my daughter
‘n I’m gonna skip like a stone

And I’m leavin’ my family
Leavin’ all my friends
My body’s at home
But my heart’s in the wind
Where the clouds are like headlines
Upon a new front page sky
And shiver me timbers
‘Cause I’m a-sailin’ away

Now for the original:-

The Heart Of Saturday Nights

The Heart Of Saturday Nights

September 23, 2008 Posted by | Old Music | , | Leave a comment

   

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