Tom Green Show
Male Vocalist of the Year"
in Australia I was ignorant of US based recording and performing
artist Tom Green until six of his albums arrived on my desk.
what a pleasant surprise these discs were!
six offer first-rate vocal interpretations of the Elvis sound
and it is not not hard to fathom why Tom Green has been voted
Wisconsin's male vocalist of the year. His ability to recreate
the Elvis vocal sound, its feeling, inflections and song arrangements
is very impressive.
a handful of Elvis tribute artists can truly lay claim to
having a voice that sounds remarkably like Elvis'...and Tom
Green is one of them!
Bit of Green [1968-1971 Revisited]: The double entendre
meaning to this title serves as a clever opening to what is
my favorite of the six Tom Green albums (recorded in 2003).
Tom is superb in recreating both Elvis' voice and the arrangement
for each of the 25 tracks on the album.
listened to this album late at night with the lights out and
it was eerie. It was as if I had been transported into the
recording studio as "Elvis" created some of his
most important and powerful music. With tracks like the exquisite
Wearin' That Loved On Look, Power of My Love and Any Day Now,
and a forceful Rags to Riches and Make the World Go Away,
Tom Green achieves that rare blend of power, sensitivity and
soul as he moves effortlessly through a seminal songbook.
rock it up on Too Much Monkey Business and Whole Lotta Shaking
Goin' On, and reflect on the pain of relationships gone wrong
on Twenty Days and Twenty Nights and Release Me. Several other
great ballads also take centre stage as Tom delivers the title
track, This Is The Story and Walk A Mile In My Shoes.
of Elvis' most important hit singles, In The Ghetto, is sung
with fine emotion as is the great country ballad, I Really
Don't Want To Know.
time to get down and dirty with It's Your Baby, You Rock It,
while Change of Habit, arguably an unusual track to include,
gets our feet a tappin' as does a great version of Rubberneckin'.
Christmas from Me to You: The interesting thing about
this 14 track album (apart from Tom Green's vocal parallel
to Elvis and an attractive color picture disc), is that besides
several Elvis yuletide tracks Tom includes numerous by other
standards such as Santa Claus Is Back In Town and I'll Be
Home on Christmas Day are nicely complemented by Pretty Paper,
Run Rudolph Run, Jingle Bell Rock (why didn't Elvis ever record
this classic?) and Let It Snow. A heartfelt, soaring rendition
of How Great Thou Art is also featured as are two interesting,
but very well sung, choices for a Christmas album, Do You
Hear What I Hear and If That Isn't Love. It is intriguing
to hear these tracks sung as Elvis would have done.
standouts are Tom singing Silent Night in two languages and
an arresting version of An Old Fashioned Christmas.
Christmas From Me To You" (recorded in 2003) certainly
evokes the spirit of the wintery wonderland and old Saint
Repeating/Worth Repeating 2: These two albums could well
be called "Something For Everybody" as there is
a veritable pot pourii of eclectic music from the rock and
ballads of the 1950s to the easy listening style of Elvis'
1960s and the emotionally powerful Elvis tracks of the 1970s.
one opens with the wonderful My Wish Came True before seguing
into a selection of 60s pop like Roustabout, the underrated
Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello, Fame and Fortune, G.I. Blues,
the father-daughter ode Memphis Tennessee, and a happy Pocket
Full of Rainbows.
throughout both discs of Worth Repeating I are other great
selections including the powerful Hurt, Lover Doll, His Latest
Flame, surreal Edge of Reality, How The Web Was Woven, the
country soul of True Love Travels on a Gravel Road and Loving
Arms, the poignant Love Letters.
songs are Ku-Ku-I-Po, the gospel Lead Me, Guide Me, lively
Playing For Keeps, a gem in Clean Up Your Own Back Yard, and
a powerful If I Can Dream.
Repeating II "repeats" the diverse song selection
with enjoyable film fluff like You Can't Say No In Acapulco
and Angel contrasted by the emotionally wrenching Bitter They
Are, Harder They Fall, the plaintive Help Me, Thrill of Your
Love and great pop tracks such as Soldier Boy.
in the mix are the nice ballads Are You Sincere, Lonely Man
and For the Millionth and the Last Time and one of The King's
best records, the beautiful Ask Me.
Repeating (2000) is a double disc with 30 tracks while Worth
Repeating II (2002) is a single album with 15 recordings.
Too Late [Tom Green - Almost Unplugged]/Born
Too Late 2: These two albums showcase Tom Green's immense
talent with early Elvis recordings.
Tom's vocal similarity to Elvis is most pronounced when he
does the older Elvis (1969-1977), the remarkable thing about
his recordings of Elvis' rock & roll repertoire is the
way he manages to again capture the pacing and vocal inflections
Too Late (1994) features 10 tracks while Born Too Late 2 (2004)
has 15 and comes with a color picture disc. The song list
is a beauty, from Sun classics like Mystery Train and Good
Rockin' Tonight to wonderful RCA recordings such as One Sided
Love Affair, Too Much, Anyway You Want Me, I Got A Woman and
So Glad You're Mine.
older fans the Born Too Late albums will be a nostalgic trip
down memory lane as Tom gets our adrenalin pumping with the
atmospheric Money Honey, up-tempo Got A Lot of Living To Do
and Shake, Rattle and Roll and then gets down and bluesy with
Milk Cow Blues Boogie.
my fellow conspirator on this website, Piers would say, the
inclusion of Don't Leave Me Now and You're So Square (Baby,
I Don't Care) from Jailhouse Rock is simply "delicious"
and slipping the great 1960 recording I Will Be Home Again
onto the first album is a nice touch.
sleeve notes for Born Too Late (I) indicate that "This
session was recorded live in a single nine hour session in
the spirit in which the original material was performed and
recorded." This is undoubtedly the strength of all six
Tom Green albums - his uncanny ability to replicate the Elvis
performing and recording spirit.
Green is backed by several obviously seasoned musicians: Paul
Jonas, Ken Bindas and Earl Carter (Bass), Jeff Benske and
Ian Spanic (lead guitar), Matt Meixner (Piano/Keyboards) and
Matt Liban (Drums).
Tom Green's albums with their strong "Elvis" vocals
and excellent arrangements rank him as one of the world's
pre-eminent Elvis vocalists. Recommended.
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