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Sweet Affection

by Tom Freund

Roots rock music in a live and studio setting. Complete with wah wah mandolin and bowed upright bass
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sweet Affection
3:38 $0.99
2. Gentleman Of The Shade
4:47 $0.99
3. The Duration
5:06 $0.99
4. Copper Moon
6:31 $0.99
5. Old N' In The Way
5:37 $0.99
6. Sympatico
5:47 $0.99
7. Francie
5:28 $0.99
8. Can't Cry Hard Enough
5:16 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Sweet Affection" is the title and lead off track on Tom Freund's 4th album of songs. This one is a half live, half studio set that represents Tom's diversity and musical ingenuity. Half of the proceeds from this CD go to Sweet Relief: A musicians fund , started by Victoria Williams a decade ago, and who guest vocalizes on two of the tracks here, "Gentleman Of The Shade" and the stirring "Cant Cry Hard Enough." The latter is announced by Tom on the CD as a duet that he was going to do with Victoria, however she had taken sick with another relapse of MS just prior to this benefit concert. Much to his surprise, however, The organizer of the show, gets Victoria on the cell phone and places it to the mic just as Tom sits at the piano , and the result is a mysteriously moving "cellular duet" between Freund and Williams. Also featured in the live set is a tantallizing Hedrixy mandolin wah wah solo by Freund on "Francie from his album "Sympatico."

Critically hailed singer/songwriter, Tom Freund, has just returned from a month long tour opening for Ben Harper, where the two also rekindled some songs on stage together from their "Pleasure and Pain" album, recorded in 1992. Ben also joined Tom in his set for "Copper Moon." Of the Recently released recording "Copper Moon," MSNBC says, "he made an album that is all at once addictive, stylistically diverse and honest to the core," and LA Weekly: "Copper Moon is set to get him the recognition he deserves." Also 3 songs from the album have been featured in major network TV's "Las Vegas" and "Dawson's Creek." In the mid '90s, after the album with Harper, Tom toured extensively with the indie rock cult faves The Silos. Freund also is a favorite of NPR's "Weekend Edition" and has been championed by Los Angeles' powerful KCRW-FM, where he has performed live on "Morning Becomes Eclectic." Graham Parker added,"Along with Lucinda Williams, Freund is the best singer/songwriter operating today."

Research Tom's other albums as well, "North American Long Weekend" which has made the New York Times annual Best Of List and hailed as "an unexpected jem" and "Sympatico" that had No Depression saying "Freund captures slices of Americana thats many attempt, yet very few actually master." Please visit WWW.TOMFREUND.COM and WWW. SWEETRELIEF.ORG for further info



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It is signature Freund with catchy hooks and wonderfully melodic instrumentation
Tom Freund "Sweet Affection"

Tom Freund, friend and collaborator of Ben Harper, has been around the block, musically. He has a handful of critically acclaimed albums already under his belt, as well as being know for having started off his career on a vinyl-only album where he teamed up with, then unknown, Ben Harper. Freund has put together a sampling of what's been going on with him musically on this EP. It's split into two parts: the first half features a few new studio tracks and the second is a sampling of some of Tom's hits recorded live. The lead off and title track of this disc is by far the best studio offering from this short collection. It is signature Freund with catchy hooks and wonderfully melodic instrumentation. But it's not the studio portion that makes this EP special, it's the live stuff. The live portion was recorded at a benefit for Sweet Relief: A Musician's Fund ( which provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. One such musician is Victoria Williams, who appears twice on this disc; the first time is on the studio track 'Gentlemen Of The Shade' and the second on the live track 'Can't Cry Hard Enough'. Victoria was too ill to actually appear at the show due to her Multiple Sclerosis, however she sung the duet with Tom via cellular phone. So, this disc is not just a great collection of music, but also a vessel of hope and care. Fifty percent of all the sales generated from this EP will be donated to Sweet Relief. The music itself is enough to make you want to get a copy of this album, but for no other reason, picking up a copy for yourself will go a lot further by helping those who need it most.

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