Published Oct 13, 2010Back in February, Tom Waits teamed up with the New Orleans-based Preservation Hall Jazz Band for a benefit compilation to keep the legendary hall open. The collaboration appeared on the Preservation compilation, but that wasn't enough for the unique work. Now, the songs will be reissued on a limited 78 rpm record and come bundled with a Waits-themed 78 player.
The 78 will be released on November 19 and will be limited to 504 copies. Since the outdated record speed won't play on a standard home turntable, there will also be a limited run of 100 custom Preservation Hall 78 rpm record players.
The record includes the covers by Waits and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band of "Tootie Ma Was A Big Fine Thing" and "Corrine Died on the Battlefield." The songs were first written and recorded in 1947 and "are the earliest known recorded examples of Mardi Gras Indian chants."
Proceeds from this unique package will benefit the Preservation Hall Junior Jazz & Heritage Brass Band. To get the record and player, a "deluxe donation" of $200 is required, while the record alone will run you a "basic donation" of $50. All prices are in U.S. funds.
The record and player will be on sale in person at the Preservation Hall in New Orleans on November 19. An online sale will begin November 20 via the Preservation Hall website. More information can be found here.