Tell Me Something:
The Songs of Mose Allison
Verve (314-533 203-2)
(Released October, 1996))
- One of These Days (3:18)
- You Can Count On Me (To Do My Part) (3:22)
- If You Live (3:47)
- Was (3:28)
- Look Here (2:09)
- City Home (3:26)
- No Trouble Livin' (2:15)
- Back On the Corner (2:23)
- Tell Me Something (2:40)
- I Don't Want Much (2:03)
- News Nightclub (2:43)
- Perfect Moment (2:13)
Total time: (36:48)
Click on the track timing figures above for information on the musicians who
played on that track.
From ICE magazine (September 1996):
Although technically it's not a new Van Morrison album, fans of the
Belfast Cowboy will undoubtedly flock to a new CD due from Verve on
October 8 called Tell Me Something: the Songs of Mose Allison
with Van Morrison, Georgie Fame, Ben Sidran and Mose Allison. As the
title implies, the new disc is a tribute to Allison, a
songwriter/performer who defies categorization. The four highlighted
artists - including Allison himself on two tracks - mix and match
their talents, trading off lead vocal duties on the 13 Allison
originals. The final product could be filed comfortably under jazz,
blues or pop
"It's not just another Van Morrison album," says Randy Dry, National
Manager of Field Marketing for PolyGram Classics and Jazz, "although
inevitably, it'll be filed under Van Morrison." "That's because
Morrison is, largely, the star of the show, and anyone who knows his
work will realize that he was the impetus behind the project.
Then again, Morrison sings on only seven of the disc's 13 tracks;
Sidran and Fame divide lead-vocal duties on the remaining eight. All
three team up for vocals on one track, "Benediction," and Allison
himself joins Morrison on two tracks near the end of the album. So
it very much has the feel of a group effort, with musicians coming
and going, watching the others work when they're not playing
For those not familiar with Allison's music, Sidran reverently
describes it in the set's liner notes. "The music of Mose Allison
has had an influence way beyond his record sales, which are modest,"
Sidran writes. "He has been recording for more than 35 years, and I
can think of no songwriter during that period whose work has had a
greater impact on his followers. Van, for example, rates Mose as one
of the greatest songwriters of our century. His songs look you dead
in the eye and tell you exactly what's happening, with no
The track list for Tell Me Something: "One of These Days"
(lead vocal by Morrison), "You Can Count on Me (To Do My Part)"
(Morrison, with horns arranged by sidekick Pee Wee Ellis), "If You
Live" (Sidran), "Was" (Fame), "Look Here" (Sidran), "City Home"
(Fame), "No Trouble Livin'"(Sidran), "Benediction" (Morrison, Sidran
and Fame), "Back on the Corner" (Fame, with horns by Ellis) "Tell Me
Something" (Morrison), "I Don't Want Much" (Morrison and Allison),
"News Nightclub" (Morrison, with horns by Ellis) and "Perfect
Moment" (Morrison and Allison). In the liner notes, Sidran observes,
"The sessions, like the sessions of a Mose Allison date, were fast
and clean, all live performances and first or second takes."
This is the album which Morrison decided to release instead of his
two-disc set of rarities, The
Philosopher's Stone (ICE #111), which, at last report, was
still slated to come out sometime next year.
In the meantime, Morrison is said to be working on still another,
non-jazz album, which is penciled in for early 1997.
See also this 1996 article/interview with
Part of the van-the-man.info unofficial website