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Fine Old Tom
Genres: Pop, Rock
Remastered reissue with demos of seven tunes & three previously unreleased cuts, all as bonus tracks for this 1975 solo album by the guitarist/ keyboardist who's appeared on Oldfield, Anthony Phillips & Mike Oldfield (who ... more »
Remastered reissue with demos of seven tunes & three previously unreleased cuts, all as bonus tracks for this 1975 solo album by the guitarist/ keyboardist who's appeared on Oldfield, Anthony Phillips & Mike Oldfield (who plays on two tracks) albums. 22 tracks total.
Douglas Cabot | Salem, MA USA | 02/08/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"People seem to give out five stars for any old thing nowadays, but believe you me, this is one album that is worth 'em all. I listened to the record as a wee lad and I still have no idea where my dad got the righteous tip; but anyhow I have always had the sense that this was an ultra-obscure release and that I was lucky to have come across it. I asked a record buyer about it once; he didn't recognize the name but only said, "Oh, yeah, Virgin put out a lot of weird little things in the mid-70's..." Well now I learn that Tom Newman was part of the very creation of that label, as the producer for Virgin's virgin release, Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells."
Fine Old Tom shows Newman's level of comfort around a recording studio. It is a carnival ride through as many popular genres as there are tracks on the album. The production is rich and inventive, clean and warm on every one.
Better still, the songs themselves are great. A reggae Superman; the clanging hard rock Poor Bill; the droning a capella She Said She Said; the demented psychedelic dissonance of Ma Song; the lilting country reel of Penny's Whistle Boogie... it's all here people, and more! Deserves your love too."