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Tom Waits – New Live Album

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The great Tom Waits has now for the first time ever got an OFFICIAL website which you can access by clicking below.

The launch of the website includes the news that there will be a new live album released on November 24th 2009.

Glitter and Doom Live is a 2 disc collection of the best of the best tracks from Tom Waits’ sold out, highly acclaimed Glitter and Doom tour of the US and Europe in the summer of 2008.

Disc One is designed to sound like one evening’s performance, even though the 17 tracks are selected from 10 cities, from Paris to Birmingham; Tulsa to Milan; and Atlanta to Dublin. Sonically the album is superb and has been beautifully recorded and meticulously mastered . Disc Two is a bonus compendium called TOM TALES, which is a selection of the comic bromides, strange musings, and unusual facts that Tom traditionally shares with his audience during the piano set. Waits’ topics range from the ritual of insects to the last dying breath of Henry Ford.

Musically, the live disc features all eras of Waits’ eclectic glory as he shifts seamlessly from an array of characters: carnival barker, preacher, country singer, soul balladeer; cabaret singer and storyteller. Backed by a versatile 5 piece band, Waits departs from the songs’ original incarnations. The songs instrumentation and rhythms are rearranged and reimagined. Swampy tribal rhythms, ominous hymns, gypsy flavored ballads, searing rhythmic r&b, and blues boogies. angular and surreal rock are all present. The songs, as expected ,are about hanged men, woebegone sailors, sword swallowers, fugitives, shamans, ghosts, dance instructors and prison guards.

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The CD will include the bonus disc ‘Tom Tales’ with 40 minutes of Tom rumblings. The vinyl version will feature the live album and come with a card for MP3 downloads of the ‘Tom Tales’ tracks.

Here is the tracklisting for Glitter and Doom Live:

1. Lucinda / Ain’t Goin Down (Birmingham – 07/03/08)
2. Singapore (Edinburgh – 07/28/08)
3. Get Behind The Mule (Tulsa – 06/25/08)
4. Fannin Street (Knoxville – 06/29/08)
5. Dirt In The Ground (Milan – 07/19/08)
6. Such A Scream (Milan – 07/18/08)
7. Live Circus (Jacksonville – 07/01/08)
8. Goin’ Out West (Tulsa – 06/25/08)
9. Falling Down (Paris – 07/25/08)
10. The Part You Throw Away (Edinburgh – 07/28/08)
11. Trampled Rose (Dublin – 08/01/08)
12. Metropolitan Glide (Knoxville – 6/29/08)
13. I’ll Shoot The Moon (Paris – 07/24/08)
14. Green Grass (Edinburgh – 07/27/08)
15. Make It Rain (Atlanta – 07/05/08)
16. Story (Columbus – 06/28/08)
17. Lucky Day (Atlanta – 07/05/08)

Here is one of the tracks.

“Live Circus” – Tom Waits

To visit the new official website click HERE and download more free tracks!!!

To buy the music of Tom Waits click HERE

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October 13, 2009 Posted by | New Music, New News | | 1 Comment

Dr Feelgood


Pub rock is often derided as a movement that was in the thrall of rhythm and blues traditions and ‘proper’ musicianship, at best an unfashionable precursor to punk, devoid of the DIY attitude and the year-zero rhetoric. Yet both movements shared contempt for the mainstream, were reacting against the prog-rock sounds that dominated the era, and a number of punk’s prime movers were inspired by or graduated from the pub rock scene. Julien Temple’s latest conceptual rock documentary focuses on Dr Feelgood, who came from the ‘Thames Delta’, Canvey Island, and puts the case for Lee Brilleaux, Wilko Johnson, the Big Figure and Sparko as ‘four estuarine John-the-Baptists to Johnny Rotten’s anti-Christ’. What emerges is the great, and deeply moving, rock’n’roll history of one of Britain’s finest and unfairly overlooked bands, with Canvey, a reclaimed island in the Thames estuary just off the Essex coast, lying entirely below sea level and dominated by the petrochemical industry, central to it. Enlightening interviews with band members and contemporaries are complemented by some fantastic archive footage, which, at the very least, confirms Brilleaux and Johnson as two of rock’s great showmen, and justifies Dr Feelgood’s reputation as an incredible live act.

Michael Hayden

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The new Dr Feelgood biopic debuts at The British Film Institute this week.

This is what all the fuss is about:-

Finally here is a staple from the mid 70’s discos at The Concord, you won’t believe it but all the girls did the slosh to this……………..

“Back In The Night” – Dr Feelgood



To buy the music of Dr Feelgood click HERE


Beware of imitations….the original is best

October 13, 2009 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Blues, Movies, Old Music, Video | | 2 Comments

The Comfort Of Tea

FluManIt is funny how when you aren’t feeling well that you resort back to the most basic of basics regarding comfort foods.

For me the last few days have been partly underpinned by copious amounts of tea plus some good old Jacobs Crackers and Heinz Crean of Chicken Soup.

I normally drink coffee but just now tea is my best friend.


“Have A Cuppa Tea” – The Kinks

Granny’s always ravin’ and rantin’
And she’s always puffin’ and pantin’,
And she’s always screaming and shouting,
And she’s always brewing up tea.

Grandpappy’s never late for his dinner,
Cos he loves his leg of beef
And he washes it down with a brandy,
And a fresh made cup of tea.

Have a cuppa tea, have a cuppa tea,
have a cuppa tea, have a cuppa tea,
Halleluja, halleluja, halleluja, Rosie Lea
Halleluja, halleluja, halleluja Rosie Lea.

If you feel a bit under the weather,
If you feel a little bit peeved,
Take granny’s stand-by potion
For any old cough or wheeze.
It’s a cure for hepatitis it’s a cure for chronic insomnia,
It’s a cure for tonsilitis and for water on the knee.


Tea in the morning, tea in the evening, tea at supper
You get tea when it’s raining, tea when it’s snowing.
Tea when the weather’s fine,
You get tea as a mid-day stimulant
You get tea with your afternoon tea
For any old ailment or disease
For Christ sake have a cuppa tea.


Whatever the situation whatever the race or creed,
Tea knows no segregation, no class nor pedigree
It knows no motivations, no sect or organisation,
It knows no one religion,
Nor political belief.


To buy the music of The Kinks click HERE

“Tea & Theatre” – The Who

Will you have some tea
At the theatre with me?

We did it all – didn’t we?
Jumped every wall – instinctively
Unravelled codes – ingeniously
Wired all the roads – so seamlessly

We made it work
But one of us failed
That makes it so sad
A great dream derailed

One of us gone
One of us mad
One of us, me
All of us sad

All of us sad – lean on my shoulder now
The story is done – ‘s getting colder now
A thousand songs – still smoulder now
We played them as one – we’re older now

All of us sad
All of us free
Before we walk from the stage
Two of us
Will you have some tea?
Will you have some tea
At the theatre with me?

To buy the music of The Who click HERE

October 13, 2009 Posted by | Family, Old Music, Video | , , , | Leave a comment


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