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  • Audio CD (2 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000059T5O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,411 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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CD Wicked Grin Pointblank Records, 7243 8 50764 2 8, 2001, 13 Track

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Singer and guitarist Hammond devotes nearly all of Wicked Grin to the songs of Tom Waits. It all started when the pair's wives struck on the idea of having Tom produce John's next album. Hammond and Waits have been firm buddies since 1974 and had already made isolated guest exchanges on each other's albums. Once the sessions got swinging, the idea of the Waits song book being used just happened spontaneously, with Tom and Kathleen Brennan even penning two brand-new ditties. Hammond's cranked-up electric guitar is bolstered by a great band featuring Augie Meyers (keys), Larry Taylor (bass) and Stephen Hodges (drums), with Charlie Musselwhite chipping in some primordial harmonica and Waits himself playing background churn-guitar on most cuts. The subterranean feel they capture is inspired, from the swamp-shufflin', grimy trudge of numbers like "Heartattack & Vine" and "Big Black Mariah", to the exposed fragility of "Buzz Fledderjohn" and "Fannin Street". Hammond's mean-mouthed, raspy holler is perfectly suited to the Waits canon, but old Tom does get to sing out on the traditional gospel clap-along of "I Know I've Been Changed". --Martin Longley

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The vault of Tom Waits' back-catalogue has been smashed open, 13 songs wrenched from it, beaten within an inch of their lives and brought, screaming, into the light.
With the help of a gloriously raw production by Waits himself, John Hammond has spawned the blues album of this, or any other year.
13 tracks of gravel, needles, broken glass, smoke and sweat distilled by the deep velvet growl of Hammond, who has never sounded better, he was born for this.
Can't get the CD off the player. One of those albums that makes you close your eyes, grit your teeth, grimace and crank the amp up one notch louder. Tough to pick out a favourite.....maybe Heartattack & Vine or Clap Hands. Only shame is that it will be filed under 'John Hammond/Blues' which may deprive a larger audience of a true gem.
BUY IT, BEG IT, BORROW IT, STEAL IT....BEFORE IT LEAVES TOWN ON THE 2.19
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A great take on some Tom Waites classics, produced by Waites as well. Realy blusey, slowed right down and virtually none of the home made precussion favoured by Waites. My personal favourites are Heartattack and Vine, and Shore Leave, but then I like the Waites versions as well.
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John Hammond gives the songs of Tom Waits the blues treatment with the wirter playing the role of guitarist and producer and the results are fantastic. The instrumentation is superb and the vocals smoother but still expressive and heartfelt. The real joy of this collection is the four new Waits songs written for this project including the raucous 2;19 and the vintage Buzz Fledderjohn one of Waits' finest character songs for some time. Murder in the red Barn gets reorchestrated and Shore Leave certainly has the creases ironed out. This is a fine collection that does both men proud and with Tom in tow the spirit of the Boho surrealist is kept in tact and on the last gospel the growl together about thier change in spiritual perspective. Well worth the wait and the trouble and the money.
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This album seems to be one of those love-it-or-hate-it deals, perhaps unpopular with the Tom Waits purists, who for some reason think it's 'slick' (see review below) or easy listening. For me it's a stone masterpiece, a modern classic, the roughest cut diamond. The band are quite wonderful, the sound like caustic soda, the songs brilliant (how could they not be?), lurching and stumbling, bumping and grinding, like gravel and molasses... The intro for 'Clap Hands' with Charlie Musselwhite's harp is worth the price alone. All in all, my favourite John Hammond album ever, and one that I've bought for many a friend - I'm after another copy right now!
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On the face of it this is a match made in heaven, consumate interpretor of the blues meets great interpreter of the underbelly of the American dream. It sounds great, Hammond's guitar work is perfection, ditto his harp playing ditto his voice. And perhaps that is why in the end the album left me a little disappointed.
The point of Waits' songs is not to be "perfect" but to be "raw". I've always felt that Hammond can capture the humour in the songs he plays but never the heartache and regret You never feel that it comes from the heart.
The project is a great idea but this is only a good album
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