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Warm & Cool

Tom VerlaineAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 11, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Thrill Jockey
  • ASIN: B000A87KKU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,979 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Those Harbor Lights [Instrumental]
2. Sleepwalkin' [Instrumental]
3. The Deep Dark Clouds [Instrumental]
4. Saucer Crash [Instrumental]
5. Depot (1951) [Instrumental]
6. Boulevard [Instrumental]
7. Harley Quinn [Instrumental]
8. Sor Juanna [Instrumental]
9. Depot (1957) [Instrumental]
10. Spiritual [Instrumental]
11. Little Dance [Instrumental]
12. Ore [Instrumental]
13. Depot (1958) [Instrumental]
14. Lore [Instrumental]
15. Old Car [*][Instrumental]
16. Ancient [*][Instrumental]
17. Asmileyfallsapart [*][Instrumental]
18. Avanti [*][Instrumental]
19. Early Waltz [*][Instrumental]
20. Please Keep Going [*][Instrumental]
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent re-release of an unfortunately overlooked album November 24, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Tom Verlaine is likely already cooler than most people will ever be in their lives. He entered the music scene as a member of the Neon Boys, and later helped write a couple classics as part of the band Television. Warm And Cool is a much different record than what one might expect from Verlaine, though, as it's not only instrumental, but also stylistically much different than the work he did with either of his other bands. Originally released back in 1992, it's one of those albums that seems oddly timeless, with a style that dips into rock and jazz without taking on the baggage of any particular era.

Verlaine is joined on the album by Television bandmates Fred Smith and Billy Ficca, as well as Jay Dee Daugherty (who played with The Church, the Patti Smith Band, and others), and interestingly enough, the album is largely improvised. In most cases, Verlaine would play a basic melody on his guitar beforehand, the players would talk about a beat or tempo, then they'd roll with it. The result is an album that's loose and inspired without being sloppy in the slightest. It's also more varied than one might guess.

The album starts with a slow-burner in "Those Harbor Lights" as Verlaine lays down some smokey coils of guitar over brushed drums while "Sleepwalkin'" shuffles with a healthy swagger while "The Deep Dark Clouds" gets downright atmospheric with sparse, reverbed guitar notes and distant rumbling percussion. A good portion of the opening section of the album actually feels like soundtrack work (a film adaptation of an Elmore Leonard book immediately comes to mind) as the musicians toy with dark alleys and smokey club themes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very cool April 19, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is one of those strange little albums that is hard to categorize, like the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, or Moondog. This is NOT a Television album, nor does it fit in with his works that include vocals. The tone of the guitar is more of a deep, Dick Dale or Duane Eddy sound, and it all has a noirish, film-score sound. You'll recognize several cuts as filler on public radio. Not the most amazing album ever recorded, but very good indeed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Warm and Cool April 19, 2010
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Warm and Cool being a studio album by Tom Verlaine and is an experimental rock album that was originally released in 1992 and was reissued in 2005. The booklet is quite sparse with no photographs and not a list over whom plays what. This was yet another album that I picked up at my local library and had no prior knowledge whom Mr Verlaine was prior to listening to this. A very pleasent surprise indeed. 4/5.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "SAUCER CRASH" December 6, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I own the original Ryko CD and have no idea how the Thrill Jockey reissue compares. I love most of the songs on this cd, but there are a few that are just so-so. The cd gets 5 stars for the song Saucer Crash. I've been a fan since Marquee Moon was released, annd for me this track is not only the greatest thing Verlaine has ever done, it is THE GREATEST PIECE OF MUSIC IN THE HISTORY OF PLANET EARTH!!!
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