Ruby's Arms - Big Time [157]

Returning from Heartattack & Vine, Vera Chok delivers her report for this live version of Ruby’s arms, angry at the recapitulation of the disconnected dismissive attitude Waits has towards Ruby. Meanwhile Martin struggles with the cognitive dissonance of critical analysis and Sam disses Ribot’s horn.

Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
Ruby's Arms, Big Time, Tom Waits (1988)

Ruby's Arms, Heartattack & Vine, Tom Waits (1980)

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Ruby’s Arms - Heartattack And Vine [076]

Bring out the brass, it's the end of another album and another season of Song by Song. With some pretty serious frustration by our guest host over some of the gender stereotypes presented in this song (as well as our interval track), we bid farewell not only to Heartattack And Vine as well as Vera herself. We also take a little extra time to discuss not just Ruby's Arms, but the walk-away stylings of Matt Monro as well as the album as a whole. Seven seasons guys, we're actually doing this aren't we?!?

Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
Ruby’s Arms, Heartattack And Vine, Tom Waits (1980)

Softly, As I Leave You, Single, Matt Monro (1962)

… and in memory of Robert Bruce Banner…

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Mr. Siegel - Heartattack And Vine [075]

Sam and Martin welcome back Vera for another track from Heartattack & Vine, this week with 200% more jangly piano. We also welcome the contribution of listener Mike Smith, chipping in not only thoughts about Mr. Siegal but also the anthemic "so long luv" stylings of the east-end's finest. We get to compare some of the orchestral choices of both performers, as well as the brutality of Waits's lyrics and point of view.

Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
Mr. Siegal, Heartattack And Vine, Tom Waits (1980)

Ain't No Pleasing You, Mustn't Grumble, Chas & Dave (1982)

Yes, The Sound Of McAlmont And Butler, McAlmont & Butler (1995)

Clip from Abandon Ship, dir./wr. Richard Sale (1957)

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On The Nickel - Heartattack And Vine [074]

With a warm welcome to this week's guest host Vera Chok, we immediately dive into UNNECESSARY KEY CHANGES, totally unnecessary (albeit pretty amazing) key changes. And Christmas time feels. We also look back at some of the themes that we've discussed throughout the life of this podcast, as well as the freeform improvisation of Canned Heat, and a brief examination of early solo albums of Sting.

Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
On The Nickel, Heartattack And Vine, Tom Waits (1980)

Fried Hockey Boogie, Boogie With Canned Heat, Canned Heat (1968)

On The Road Again, Boogie with Canned Heat, Canned Heat (1968)

Epic Key Changes, YouTube, Collective Cadenza (2013)

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