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Father’s Day meets The Old Grey Whistle Test

With it being Father’s Day here in the UK on Sunday I set of this evening bleary eyed to Braehead to do a bit of relevant shopping.

It was only when I set foot in HMV that the concept of time passing hit me straight between the eyes.

It seems like only yesterday I was buying my Dad albums such as “100 Great Church Organ Tunes” or later Shirley Bassey “The Stripper” yet there in front on me on the HMV Father’s Day special display was “Dad’s Rock” 3CD set, “The Old Grey Whistle Test 40th Special Edition” and “New Wave For Dad”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In shock I settled for a book token from Waterstones and returned home and to cheer my self up I downloaded the aforesaid Old Grey Whistle Test CD, 60 tracks for under £10 many of them exclusive live recordings from the show.

So here is an Old Grey Whistle Test special.

From the album and for all cool Dad’s everywhere here is some live music from Tom Waits.

“Small Change” (Live In The Studio) – Tom Waits

To buy the CD click HERE

As a bonus and in celebration of Whispering Bob Harris’s recent OBE award here are some clips from the vaults.

…………….finally perhaps the most famous clip of all.

Coming soon the Old Grey Whistle Test through the ages.

June 17, 2011 Posted by | Blast from The Past, New Releases, Old Music, The Who, Video | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tom Waits – Clap Hands

I have really loved this song since James Grant covered it in concert towards the end of last year for more information click HERE and HERE

May 21, 2011 Posted by | Video | , | Leave a comment

Hall of Fame – Tom Waits

Tom Waits became a member of the prestigious US Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame yesterday evening, with Neil Young inducting him at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.

About time !!

Photo: Kevin Mazur

Introducing Waits at the same venue where he was inducted by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder in 1995, Young remarked that Waits was “a great performer, singer, actor, songwriter, magician, changeling and spiritual guy.”

The award was in recognition of a career and extensive body of work that has seen him carve a singular path outwith the musical mainstream from his early relatively straightly arranged poetic, character-driven, bar ballads through to encompassing or mixing wholly different styles, including beat boxing and experimental noise-making into his work.

Accepting, Waits said “Thanks, everybody, this is very encouraging. Songs are really just interesting things to do with the air. I was fifteen when I snuck into a club to see Lightning Hopkins. I wore an overcoat, put white-out in my hair, drew on a moustache and said in a deep voice, “One ticket please.” I saw Lightning walk through a door in the back room that said, ‘Keep Out!! This Room for entertainers only.’ At that moment, I realised I wanted to get into show business as soon as possible.”

He then paid gracious tribute to his partner both in life and music, whom he has always acknowledge plays a major role in his work, “I am grateful to my wife and my collaborator Kathleen Brennan. She is the light that helps me find my way and to my kids who have taught me everything I know.”, before painting an image fit for one of his songs with a wise-crack, “Some day, I hope to hear, “Hey Mack, take the cuffs off him, I think he’s a Hall of Famer!”.

Waits performed four songs at the ceremony, Make It Rain, Rain Dogs, House Where Nobody Lives and Get Behind The Mule (with Young accompanying on the last).

Also inducted at the 2011 ceremony were, Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Leon Russell, Dr John and Darlene Love.

Waits is currently working on a new album.

Tom Wait’s website.
Rock’N’Roll Hall Of Fame website.

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March 27, 2011 Posted by | New News, Video | , | 1 Comment

Picture In A Frame

Fiona Lawrie (25th March 1959 - 31st December 2008)


“Picture In A Frame” – Tom Waits

Sun come up it was blue and gold
Sun come up it was blue and gold
Sun come up it was blue and gold
Ever since I put your picture
In a frame.
I come calling in my Sunday best
I come calling in my Sunday best
I come calling in my Sunday best
Every since I put your picture
In a frame
I’m gonna love you
Till the wheels come off
Oh yea
I love you baby and I always will
I love you baby and I always will
I love you baby and I always will
Ever since I put your picture
In a frame

To buy the music of Tom Waits click HERE

December 31, 2010 Posted by | Family, Fiona, Old Music | , , | 2 Comments

Merry Christmas from HD,Tom Waits & Richard Hawley

“Silent Night” – Richard Hawley

To buy the music of Richard Hawley click HERE

December 24, 2010 Posted by | Christmas, New Music, New Releases, Video | , , | 1 Comment

2010 Top 30 New and Old #19

Another late entry to my Top 30 this solo album from Swimmer One singer Andrew Eaton was only released at the end of November but made an immediate impact with me.

An album of piano based songs it lives in a world somewhere between The Bathers and The Blue Nile though it doesn’t have the polish of the latter or the complexities of the former it is the perfect soundtrack to those maudlin Sunday’s we will all experience come January.

“Hanging” – Seafieldroad

The album is only currently available for purchase as a download from the Swimmer One  website HERE or from eMusic by clicking HERE

Tom Waits is another of my artists of the year and will feature in Christmas and New Year holiday posts as well.

I have always been a big fan of his earlier albums with “Closing Time” being a particular favourite, this year however I have delved further and deeper into his later works.

My choice for this post is however from the 1985 album “Rain Dogs” and in particular the song chosen was due to it being covered by James Grant at his recent concert at The Fox and Hounds in Houston (see HERE).

“Clap Hands” – Tom Waits

To buy the music of Tom Waits click HERE

December 12, 2010 Posted by | New Music, New Releases | , , , , , | Leave a comment

“One From The Heart” – Tom Waits

I have been listening to Tom Waits a fair bit this week and in doing so I again rediscovered the gem that is “One From The Heart”

The film was directed by Francis Ford Coppola and whilst he characters themselves don’t actually sing the powerful score dominates the movie.

It is set entirely in Las Vegas, on the Las Vegas Strip and the desert surrounding the city.

Though the film realistically evokes the feeling of being on the busy Las Vegas Strip, there were no location shots used in the film. Rather, it was shot on studio sound stages, with the single exception of one space on the back lot for a “Las Vegas junkyard” set, described by a character in the film as being “the garden of the Taj Mahal”.

The soundtrack was written by Tom Waits and was recorded from October 1980 to September 1981, and released in 1982.

It was during this period that Waits met his wife Kathleen Brennan, an employee at the studio where it was recorded.

Crystal Gayle features prominently on the record, performing either solo or in duets with Waits. The soundtrack was nominated for an Academy Award for Original Music Score.

“This One’s From The Heart” – Tom Waits and Crystal Gayle

To buy the music of Tom Waits click HERE

One of the tracks from the soundtrack which was sung by Crystal Gayle was “Old Boyfriends”

This was covered by one of my all time favourite singers Claire Martin (above) on her 1994 album of the same name.

“Old Boyfriends” – Claire Martin

To buy the music of Claire Martin click HERE

November 28, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Jazz Vocal, Movies, Old Music, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

James Grant Part Two

Following on from yesterday’s posting on James Grant and Fraser Spiers’s appearance at The Fox and Hounds in Houston (see HERE) all I can say is pure brilliance!!

Here is one of my favourite songs from the set taken from the 2009 album “Strange Flowers”

“Scarecrow Song” – James Grant

To buy the music of James Grant click HERE

He also did a cover version of this great Tom Waits song from the 1986 album “Rain Dogs”

“Clap Hands” – Tom Waits

To buy the music of  Tom Waits click HERE

November 21, 2010 Posted by | Friends, Old Music | , , | 2 Comments

Tom Waits

It’s been a long week at the coal face so this seems somehow appropriate.

“I Can’t Wait To Get Off Work (And See My Baby On Montomery Avenue)” – Tom Waits

Well I don’t mind working
cause I used to be jerkin off
most of my time in the bars
I been a cabbie and a stock clerk
and a soda fountain jock jerk
and a manic mechanic on cars
It’s nice work if you can get it
now who the hell said it
I got money to spend on my gal
but the work never stops
and I’ll be busting my chops
working for Joe and Sal.

And I can’t wait to get off work
and see my baby
she said she’d leave the porch lite
on for me
I’m disheveled I’m disdainful
and I’m distracted and it’s painful
but this job sweeping up here is
is gainfully employing me tonight

Tom do this Tom do that
Tom, don’t do that
count the cash, clean the oven
dump the trash oh your lovin
is a rare and a copasetic gift
and I’m a moonlight watchmanic
it’s hard to be romantic
(sweeping up over by the
cigarette machine
sweeping up over by the cigarette machine…)

I can’t wait to get off work
and see my baby
she’ll be waiting up with a magazine for me
clean the bathrooms, clean um good
oh your lovin I wish you would
come down here and sweepameoffmyfeet
this broom’ll have to be my baby
if I hurry, I just might
get off before the dawns early light.

To buy the music of Tom Waits click HERE

November 19, 2010 Posted by | Old Music | | Leave a comment

Tom Waits 78 Fling

On November 19th, Preservation Hall Recordings will release 504 limited edition hand-numbered 78 rpm vinyl records featuring two tracks by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band with very special guest Tom Waits.

Proceeds from the sale of this very special project will benefit the Preservation Hall Junior Jazz & Heritage Brass Band.
Tom Waits traveled to New Orleans in 2009 to record two songs with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for the critically acclaimed project Preservation: An album to benefit Preservation Hall and the Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program,

Both “Tootie Ma Was A Big Fine Thing” , and “Corrine Died On The Battlefield” were originally recorded by Danny Barker in 1947, as such these two selections are the earliest known recorded examples of Mardi Gras Indian chants.

The two tracks will now be packaged in a special limited edition 78 rpm format record, each signed and numbered by Preservation Hall Creative Director Ben Jaffe.

The first one hundred records will be accompanied by a custom-made Preservation Hall 78rpm record player as part of a Deluxe Donation package. The remaining four hundred and four will be available as a stand alone record for the Basic Donation package.
This special limited edition recording will be made available in two different tiers, based on the level of donation: Deluxe Donation Tier: $200 – Limited Edition 78rpm record featuring Tom Waits & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band AND a custom-made Preservation Hall 78 record players – and Basic Donation Tier: $50 – Limited Edition 78rpm record featuring Tom Waits & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Both packages will be available for in-person purchase at Preservation Hall in New Orleans on November 19, 2010 at 10:00am Central and available for purchase online November 20th here.

“Tootie Ma Is A Big Fine Thing” –  The Preservation Hall Jazz Band With Tom Waits

To buy the music of Tom Waits click HERE

To buy the music of The Preservation Hall Jazz Band click HERE

October 19, 2010 Posted by | Jazz, Jazz Vocal, New News, New Releases, Old Music, Video | , | Leave a comment

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