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Tell Me Something -Songs of Mose Allison Import

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Product details

  • Audio CD (6 Sept. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B000004754
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,485 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. One Of These Days
  2. You Can Count On Me
  3. If You Live
  4. Was
  5. Look Here
  6. City Home
  7. No Trouble Livin'
  8. Benediction
  9. Back On The Corner
  10. Tell Me Something
  11. I Don't Want Much
  12. New Nightclub
  13. Perfect Moment

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Format: Audio CD
In a perfect world, this would be a great mini CD and a masterly tribute to Mose Allison. Georgie Fame and Ben Sidran excel both as singers and keyboard players - excellent phrasing and keyboard technique - who do full justice to Mose Allison's wonderful songs. Fame I am familiar with, but Sidran is new to me. His playing on this album is what the jazz piano should be, dazzling but un-fussy. Fame and Sidran complement each other perfectly. It would be interesting to see them do more albums together. Mose Allison must have been tickled pink at this paring.
Sadly, this is not a perfect world and this is not a mini CD. Van Morrison sings on half the songs and he is uniformly dreadful. He sounds like he is singing through a mouthful of mushy peas. The gentle humour and subtle craft of Allison's song writing is butchered by his self-important, pompous and soulless delivery. It is sad to think that in the 60s and 70s, he was one of rock music's best singers. Recordings such as Listen to the Lion or Madame George or his haunting version of Richard Cory are a testimony to this. These days are long gone. He has let himself go physically and artistically and he should call it a day and retire. Listening to him is now an annoying embarrassment.
Don't let Morrison put you off buying this recording. You can set your CD player to skip the Morrison tracks and just listen to Georgie Fame and Ben Sidran who are worth the price of this CD alone. It might also be an idea to type Ben Sidran's name into the Amazon Quicksearch and find out what else he has done.
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This was the first second hand CD I have purchased. Condition as promised so very good vfm
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I am a big Mose Allison fan and am always interested to hear how other artists interpret his work. Big Mistake. Like watching Rolf Harris paint over a Van Gogh.

This reminded me of the only time I saw Van Morrison live. On that occasion he shared the bill with another genius - Ray Charles. After a rather dull set he decided to treat us to three unprompted encores rather than give way to Ray Charles. He eventually asked for any requests. "Get off" was the universal cry.
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I am a big Van Morrison fan and at this time I am updating and expanding my collection.Excellent CD good value ,good price.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x917aef48) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9189a990) out of 5 stars Incredible recording! 10 Mar. 2008
By Richard Links - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I do not know what got into "Penguin Egg" or what he was really expecting out of this recording, but let me counter his negativity regarding Van Morrison.

First off, this is one of the most astonishing recordings I have ever heard and I do live recording myself. The musicianship is of the highest calibre and the singing, to me at least, is top-notch, not what is inferred by "Penguin Egg" at all. Van is in GOOD FORM! BELIEVE IT!

The recording seems to have been done mostly live to recording media, and to me personally, sounds an awful lot like it might have been mostly analog in origin, not digital.

If that is not the case, considering the vintage of the recording, it is a milestone in digital recordings during that era.

Kick back and enjoy this one! I listen mostly via headphones, and all I can say is that this one is AWESOME sounding, not doubt about it at all. And the dynamics? The recording was supremely produced and and really quite dynamic, as well. The heck with that funky MP3!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Richard Links
Links Sound
Berkeley, CA
28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9189a894) out of 5 stars I'd give six stars if I could. 18 Feb. 2000
By lukesewell@hotmail.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album finally arrived today after my long and eager wait. I think I've played it at least six times already! "Songs of Mose Allison" oozes charm and it will put a smile on your face and a skip in your step. I have been a fan of Van Morrison's music for some time and now thanks to him I've realized the amazing talent of Mose's songwriting. Who knows, maybe some day soon my collection of Mose Allison's albums might rival my collection of Van's...
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x916171ec) out of 5 stars This is the Perfecta 27 Mar. 2008
By Jack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've been listening to this hot wax ever since it came out. Thanks to Links for the tips as to the true audio quality of the disc. Time to get it on the player, slip on the cans and groove.

As for Mr. Penguin Egg, I can understand his frustration with Van the Man. I didn't notice anything on this recording, but a few years ago I stopped automatically purchasing every new Van CD whenever I first saw it. It seemed he was in a rut and there was something missing in his performance.

I read a week ago that Van, like many of us, has the "Irish disease." That affliction saps one of creativity and true passion, though down about the bottom of the bottle you can feel creative and passionate as hell. Apparently he's gotten well, as the title of the new disc, "Keep It Simple," attests. I eagerly await its release.

I ran across "Tell Me Something" this morning because I'm on one of my periodic Mose Allison kicks. Here I am a 60-year-old man, and I decided that if I could live my life over I'd like to live it as Mose Allison.

Mose just absolutely does it for me. I caught his act in a posh supper club in Carefree, AZ a very long time ago, and the pure subversive nature of his art - in that setting - really got me off. It may sound like it to some, but "cocktail piano music" it AIN'T.

I was all hot to buy some discs this morning, but I really do have to go back to my collection and see which Mose songs I already have before I shell out the bucks.

Regardless, I'd appreciate any suggestions as to particular gems I might consider. Thanks.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9189ab1c) out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Mose Allison for the Unenlightened 2 Jun. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is great music, plain and simple. Played by musicians who know and appreciate one of the best song writers of the century.
If these CD doesn't put a smile on your face, and make you sing-a-long, nothing will.
Long Live Mose Allison!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91b1f234) out of 5 stars A Beat Generation Legend 1 Nov. 2011
By Shell-Zee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Mose Allison, legendary 50's and 60's hipster jazz singer/songwriter truly comes to life in this collaboration with Van "The Man" Morrison and Ben Sidran. Consisting of some of Allison's finest and well known compostions like title song, "Tell Me Something", "If You Live" and "One Of These Days" along with lesser known gems like "News Nightclub" and "Back On The Cornor", Tell Me Something is a wonderful introduction to Mose. For those who are well acquainted with the wit and wisdom of this extraordinary talent, pick up on this disc as a refeshing new look at him. Both Van and Ben blend their varied yet similar jazz and blues sensabilities to the mix, creating a unique work in the discography of all three artists. Dig this sensational album. It will make you laugh out loud or chuckle inside and maybe give you pause to think about life through the quirky mind of a beat generation legend.
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