Wicked Grinby John Hammond Jr.
While not the oddest couple on the sonic spectrum, the team of roots traditionalist John Hammond and avant-garder Tom Waits is nevertheless not one that most folks would think of forming. Well, shame on "most folks." On this eye-opening collection, which lets Hammond use his old-as-the-hills baritone to shape some of Waits's more intriguing/a>… See more details below
While not the oddest couple on the sonic spectrum, the team of roots traditionalist John Hammond and avant-garder Tom Waits is nevertheless not one that most folks would think of forming. Well, shame on "most folks." On this eye-opening collection, which lets Hammond use his old-as-the-hills baritone to shape some of Waits's more intriguing tunes, the two meld as readily as ham 'n' eggs -- or, more to the point, a shot and a beer. At times, Hammond's performance is relatively straightforward, particularly on bleary, barroom-style early tunes like "Heartattack and Vine." But more often, the men establish an uneasy but natural-sounding middle ground, emphasizing the menace of "16 Shells from a Thirty-Ought Six" and wringing a dust-bowl melancholy from the echoing "Buzz Fledderjohn." Although Waits -- who also produced the disc -- and Hammond spend a fair amount of time dressing the tunes up in unlikely threads (like the south-of-the-border oompah of "Jockey Full of Bourbon"), there's never a sense that anyone's consciously trying to weird out the listener. And thanks to the smoldering playing of guests like keyboardist Augie Meyers (best known as a Texas Tornado) and harmonica wizard Charlie Musselwhite, just about every note resonates with earthy brilliance.
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- Virgin Records Us
Performance CreditsJohn Hammond Primary Artist
Charlie Musselwhite Harp
Tom Waits Guitar,Hand Clapping
Augie Meyers Piano,Accordion,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Hand Clapping,Wurlitzer
Larry Taylor Bass
Oz Fritz Hand Clapping
Stephen Hodges Percussion,Drums,Hand Clapping
Ralph Patlan Hand Clapping
Gene Cornelius Hand Clapping
Technical CreditsTom Waits Producer
Kathleen Brennan Concept
T Bone Burnett Liner Notes
Oz Fritz Engineer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Tom Recchion Art Direction
Jeff Dunas Cover Art
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John Hammond has the perfect voice to sing Tom Waits. This is a truly remarkable album, for anyone, but particularly for a Tom Waits fan. Standout cuts are 2:19, Heartattack and Vine, Till The Money Runs Out, and the final cut, I've Been Changed. A must!
This is one of the greatest albums I have had the pleasure to purchase. Any fan of soulful blues or good song writing will find the blend of Hammond and Waits to be a genius one. Bought it for Fannin Street, but I listen all the way through as often as not. Beautiful.