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Step Right Up: Tribute to Tom Waits
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Folk, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
This tribute released in 1995 was named Tribute Album of the Year by Tower's Pulse Magazine. It contains recordings by platinum-sellers Violent Femmes and 10,000 Maniacs, and indie-rock favorites The Wedding Present and... more »
This tribute released in 1995 was named Tribute Album of the Year by Tower's Pulse Magazine. It contains recordings by platinum-sellers Violent Femmes and 10,000 Maniacs, and indie-rock favorites The Wedding Present and Tindersticks. Includes the last recording by the late Jeffrey Lee Pierce of The Gun Club. 14 tracks.
A very terrible disc
almosthappy | San Diego, CA, California | 10/06/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"If you think Mr. Rod Stewart messed up "Downtown Train" and "Hang On, St. Christopher", the terrible covers in this collection should make Old Rod look like a talented prince. In this terrible anti-tribute, classic songs from Waits' early career are mocked and destroyed. The songs are covered without sincerity and in many cases, without any talents. If you're looking for covers of Tom Waits songs, may I suggest Temptations by Holly Cole or the 2000 tribute called New Coat of Paint. In these tributes, musicians such as Neko Case(an exceptionally good cover of "Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis"), Carla Bozulich, Floyd Dixon, Eleni Mandell and Holly Cole not only gave a new spin to Waits' songs, in many cases, they gave a whole new dimension to the familiar tunes. As for "Step Right Up", plainly put, it sucks."
A disservice to one of America's greatest songwriters.
Chris Astier | Las Cruces, NM | 12/25/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I'm kind in giving this disc three full stars. I don't expect exact renditions of an original song when it's being covered. I do expect a little life in the arrangements and a little heart in the playing. The Violent Femmes version of "Step Right Up" is pretty bad, but worsened by the liner notes they dared include. Tindersticks reworking of "Mockingbird" is an admirable attempt, but the song falls flat. On the other hand, I don't know who Frente! is, but these folks really do justice to "Ruby's Arms". Pete Shelley's remake of "Better off Without a Wife" is a radical departure from the original Waits, but it hits the spot! There's a couple other cuts on the disc that are good, but sadly most of the bands are as flat as their efforts on this dics."
Borrow it, don't buy it
Nunya Bidness | Columbus, GA United States | 12/27/1999
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Ok. For the most part this cd blows, but any Tom Waits fan with a sense of humor will get a kick out of the remake of "pasties and a g-string." Not worth buying, but worth hearing nonetheless."