Various Artists: Come On Up To The House: Women Sing Waits Dualtone Music Devised as a 70th Birthday gift to Tom Waits (December 7 is the day) this compilation of female singer/songwriters interpreting material from all across Waits’ 45 year recording career is in fact a gift to us all.
I’ve always loved Dusty Springfield – right from when I first heard her, Bacharach compilations, and then finding out it was her that was the voice on that Pet Shop Boys song and from there to classic Dusty compilations, of course the Dusty in Memphis album – a masterpiece; a revelation – and not that […]
Mudcrutch 2 Reprise Warren Zanes’ excellent biography of Tom Petty predicted just this sort of move (of course Zanes was deep inside the camp and would have actually known, would have been able to correctly steer us) – where the previous Mudcrutch album was Tom all but paying lip-service to his earlier group this one […]
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Long After Dark (1982) A good music book sends you straight to the music, sends you back to favourites and off to reconsider things you never bothered with or dismissed or forgot about…and so it was with Warren Zanes’ excellent Tom Petty bio, a bit of my summer reading. I’ve […]
A couple of weeks ago I left you with a list of the biggest stinkers of 2015 – and I’ve looked back through that list, they are all duds (or were duds to my ears anyway) but there isn’t an album there that stands out as the single worst thing I heard this year. I […]