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Hang On Little Tomato

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Hang on Little Tomato, Pink Martini's long-awaited second album, features mostly original songs written by the band and its extended family. Drawing on themes articulated in its first album, Hang on Little Tomato is the result of the group's diverse collaborations and inspirations. From an advertisement for Hunt's Ketchup from a 1964 issue of LIFE magazine to a dance sequence in the 1950 Italian film Anna, Hang on Little Tomato includes songs in French, Italian, Japanese, Croatian, Spanish and English.

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Pink Martini should be known as the little orchestra that walks a fine line in its music. The Portland, Oregon, outfit is deeply influenced by Latin music, jazz, cabaret, cinema scores, and a smattering of other styles. But rather than simply aping legendary artists in their prime--and fooling only a few dim bulbs in the process--band shakes things up by writing its own material, or at least creating tasteful new arrangements that fit within the band’s unique post-lounge framework. The band keeps the playful musical vibe on Hang On Little Tomato, but jettisons what kitsch factor it had, choosing to focus wholly on original material or stuff that isn’t recognizable to the average music fan. It’s been a seven-year wait for fans since the band’s fun debut, Sympathique, and while the blush is now off the rose, the band’s creative ambitions and talent are never better displayed than here on their second effort. – Tad Hendrickson

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Let's Never Stop Falling In Love
  2. Anna (El Negro Zumbon)
  3. Hang On Little Tomato
  4. The Gardens Of Sampson & Beasley
  5. Veronique
  6. Dansez-vous
  7. Lilly
  8. Autrefois
  9. U Plavu Zoru
  10. Clementine
  11. Una Notte A Napoli
  12. Kikuchiyo To Mohshimasu
  13. Aspettami
  14. Song Of The Black Swan


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 1, 2015)
  • Original Release Date: September 1, 2015
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Heinz Records
  • ASIN: B0002S94WK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,407 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By C. Noble on November 1, 2004
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I loved Sympathique (and awaited this new release along with everyone else) and couldn't wait for this new CD to come out. It was well worth the wait. China Forbes sounds better than ever - she's clearly been doing her vocal exercises! - and Robert Taylor is a welcome new addition with his evocative lead vocals (and trumpet musings) in Veronique. The range of the album's songs is greater - from the joy of the opening track to the depths of the beautiful cello solo that opens U Palvu zoru.
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I'm much better at book reviews than I am at music. Being a grandmother and (I confess) a great-grandmother, I didn't expect any of today's music to move me ... or even impress me.

BUT ... this album did it! I can't say--as one reviewer said-- that every song is pitch-perfect (my hearing isn't that good anymore), but I CAN say that I liked what I heard.

I have never had a martini in my long life, but I'm even sold on the name of these talented musicians. It has a "Bling Ring" to it!
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Those of us who have been PM fans for a while have waited endlessly to finally have this album in our hands. For the past few years, it has become a running joke between the band and its fans.

Lead singer China Forbes once said during a concert, "This next song is called 'Aspettami', which means, "Wait for me", which means, "Be patient... the new album will come out one day!"

If you ever get the chance to see this amazing group live, DO NOT hesitate. Living in Oregon, I've been lucky enough to see them about 8 times and even meet the entire ensemble on a number of occasions. They are truly special, very talented individuals.

My ONLY complaint -- and believe me, I don't mean this as any kind of indicator on the quality of this album -- is that a few songs that I've come to love through their live shows didn't make this album's cut. These include "The Flying Squirrel" and the bands crowd-favorite song "Hey Eugene", among others whose titles escape. However, I'm confident that these songs will be a part of an eventual third album.

Do yourself and/or someone you love a favor... buy this album and the band's first cd, "Sympathique" and enjoy one of the best kept musical secrets around.
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Pink Martini has earned a cult following after the success of their independently produced and distributed first album, Sympatique. Seven years later comes Hang On Little Tomato, with plenty of what Pink Martini does best. This is truly an international gem, with songs in French, Italian, Japanese . . . oh, and English. The lead singer offers a lush alto interpretation as easy as warm caramel. With expert piano, harp, clarinet, trumpet bending blues notes with a classical underbelly and Latin rhythms, there is no other group that feeds the soul as satisfyingly. You will find many favorites on this album. From the romantic lines of the opener ("I know a falling star can't fall forever, but let's never stop falling in love") to the quirky title song, to the endering Lily ("Lily comes when you stop to call her; Lily runs when you look away; Lily leaves kisses on your collar; Lily Lily Lily Lily stay!") to the smoldering Una Notte en Napoli. I've not enjoyed a new CD in many many years . . . gee, since I was turned onto Sympatique.
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There's no doubt about it: Pink Martini, the "little orchestra," is indeed one of the best kept secrets around--and I can't understand why! I myself only stumbled over them while browsing the Amazon web site. I listened to a few sound clips on my computer--and immediately ordered this CD! I was not the slightest bit disappointed in this CD; I was amazed at their talent and natural giftedness!

In Hang On Little Tomato, the second CD put out by a group called Pink Martini, there is a stunning and beautiful diversity of songs. I strongly agree with the reviewer who writes that "you can't lock this group into one category." The CD starts out with the very strong "Let's Never Stop Falling In Love" sung by China Forbes with a beautiful arrangement. There's the Croatian song "U Plavu Zoru" about a love that will not be. French love song aficionados get a real treat with the two songs "Dansez-Vous" and "Autrefois." There's a great Spanish song (in regular Spanish, not Castilian) called "Anna (El Negro Zumbon)." I loved it! The Italian love song "Una Notte A Napoli" is exquisitely performed. There's also a Japanese song lamenting a night of passion that can never blossom into a full love affair, "Kikuchiyo To Mohshimasu."

There is a singular beauty to this song set that is rarely surpassed; their talent is undeniable and very dynamic. Moreover, this CD is extremely romantic. I agree with the reviewer who writes that this is the perfect CD to play when making love! Regardless of what's going on, or even if you're just hanging out with no agenda on a lazy afternoon, this CD is perfect for you!

The CD packaging is superlative as well!
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Amidst the same old trends - boy bands, do-anything-for-fame rockers and their drug induced lyrics, indie alternatives and their oh-i'm-so-cool-because-i'm-anti-mainstream attitude, girls-with-pianos trying to be the next Sarah McLachlan, guys-with-pianos trying to be the next Rufus, here is one refreshing band that is utterly original, sophisticated and yet not in your face about it all the time.

The CD quickly topped my 'Best of 2004' list, I couldn't stop listening to it. I felt I needed to support the artists and ended up buying more CDs for my friends. You hear that, RIAA? If the music is good, we'll buy it even if we don't have to.

Genre: Their website says, "Somewhere between a 1930s Cuban dance orchestra, a classical chamber music ensemble, a Brasilian marching street band and Japanese film noir is the 12-piece Pink Martini."
- That's just ridiculous. Pink Martini is so much much more, don't even try to pigeonhole them into that genre. You missed French bossa nova, Latin Nouveau salsa, Cabaret lounge, Caribbean percussion, Greek dance fest...you get the idea.

Why: The very first song, 'Let's never stop falling in love' jazzily transports you to a Brazilian café staring into the eyes of your sexy amore. You go through a myraid of places, imagery and emotions as you listen to the CD. There's the wistful "Autrefois" about a girl writing letters to her friends that takes you to a cafe on the Parisian sidewalk, the longing of "Aspettami", the the hopeful "Hang on Little Tomato" and loving "Clementine", the sexy "U Plavu Zoru" with the deep cello, a sultry "Veronique", the catchy "Dansez vous" which will be very hard to get out of your head, the fun romp in "Lilly" and probably the most unique piece of music I have ever heard, "Kikuchiyo To".
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