Waaaaay back in the year 2009, Mr. Tom Waits traveled down to New Orleans to record a couple of tracks with the The Preservation Hall Band for a limited edition (only 504 copies) 78rpm record covering “Tootie Ma Was A Big Fine Thing” , and “Corrine Died On The Battlefield”. Waits’ website noted that these tracks were “[o]riginally recorded by Danny Barker in 1947, these two selections are the earliest known recorded examples of Mardi Gras Indian chants.”
And, if you are like me, you may be thinking: “But my turntable doesn’t play 78rpm records.” No problem, they’ve got you covered. For a tier 1 donation ($50) you get a copy of the record only, but for a tier 2 donation ($200) you get a copy of the record and a custom record player to play your new record. In the video below you can see the turntable in action and hear their take on “Tootie Ma Was A Big Fine Thing.” They’ll be available online on this Saturday, November 20, 2010 (a.k.a. tomorrow) from the Preservation Hall website (or at the Preservation Hall’s physical location at 10:00 a.m. on Nov. 19th for those of you in NOLA).
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