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T5AotW: Week 20
December 22, 2008, 9:27 pm
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Week 20: December 22nd

A day late but nobody reads these anyway.

1. American Airlines theme song
I found this 7” at the thrift store the other day and what a find! It’s from 1975 and it was a promotional record sent to employees of American Airlines to debut their new theme song and advertising campaign. The first side has a message from Bob Crandall who I guess was a big shot with the company at the time and the second side has the full theme song. It’s wonderful stuff.

2. One from the Heart soundtrack by Tom Waits and Crystal Gayle
Between Tom Waits’ monumental albums Heartattack and Vine and Swordfishtrombones is this oddity in the Tom Waits ouevre. Sounding nothing like Tom Waits’ other work, this album is both a stand-out and outstanding. Beautiful jazzy-lounge melodies accompanied by Gayle’s lovely voice. The instrumental Tango on this album is, in my opinion, a sort of coming attractions for the material on Swordfishtrombones.

3. December by Chris Botti
I saw Chris Botti in Montreal at a free tribute concert to Leonard Cohen. He inagurated the concert and the whole jazz festival with a beautiful trumpet rendition of “Hallelujah” and later on in the evening he came down to the stage to play “A Thousand Kisses Deep” with the lyrics to the song being projected behind him. This album not only contains his rendition of “Hallelujah” but also a wonderful selection of Christmas music that would make any jazz lover’s belly shake like a bowl full of jelly.

4. Hymns of the 49th Parallel by k.d. lang
I like k.d. lang’s voice. She is very nice. Two great Leonard Cohen covers on this CD, plus other covers by famous Canadian singers. The only real downside to this album is her cover of Neil Young’s “Helpless.” It goes on FOREVER.

5. Field Commander Cohen: Tour of 1979 by Leonard Cohen
LC himself. What can I say about Leonard that hasn’t already been said a thousand times before? This is a great CD of beautifully-recorded live tracks. Until the live album is released from Leonard’s 2008-09 tour, if you want a taste of the live Leonard experience get this.

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