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Taking America to America

by Tom Hensley

Silly backstage songs featuring the Neil Diamond band
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Taking America to America
4:57 $0.99
2. What is a Touroid?
3:59 $0.99
3. Inky Dinkle Boogie Woogie
3:16 $0.99
4. The Zen Master of Hang Time
3:50 $0.99
5. The Ballad of Pat Hand
4:44 $0.99
6. Island Love
4:16 $0.99
7. Dear PBI
5:15 $0.99
8. Hosty
5:30 $0.99
9. That's the Way the Money Go
3:38 $0.99
10. See a GeRF
2:49 $0.99
11. The Catgut Tango
4:19 $0.99
12. Horndog Victory Chant
4:56 $0.99
13. Sky Trolley
4:56 $0.99
14. Life's a Funny Proposition After All
4:01 $0.99
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Album Notes
At the conclusion of Neil Diamond's wildly successful 2001-2002 tour, his band scattered to their various homes and projects as usual. But pianist Tom Hensley had decided to set a task for himself.

He planned to record a CD of songs based on humorous pieces from his on-tour newsletter, the PBI, which has been published on every Diamond show day since 1986.

His original plan was to record it with just piano and vocal and burn enough copies for the band (Touroids, he calls them), but the first piece he did was about the Horndogz (Diamond's stellar horn section), and they volunteered to come in and play on the track.

He was so pleased with the results that he began discreetly asking other band members to come in and take part in his project, and by the time it was finished this fall, almost everyone in the band had contributed something to the album, and his co-keyboardist Alan Lindgren and Diamond's recording engineer Bernie Becker had come aboard as co-producers.

The modest little gift item turned into a serious album project, and "Taking America to America" has turned out to be quite a peek into "the scenes behind the scenes behind the scenes" of a major music tour in the 21st century.

Besides the Horndog Victory Chant, there are songs about the Catgut Grrls (Diamond's string quartet on the 2001-2002 tour), the tour's accountants, the room in which the musicians eat their breakfast, the plane on which they fly, the mysterious alter ego of guitarist Hadley Hockensmith, the mythical genius behind their occasional poker games, the mysterious charges on their hotel bills, an imaginary fan letter from a smitten fan, and other peculiar aspects of the touring life.

Hensley sings a few novelty songs and then lets the better singers in the band (including Linda Press, Julia Waters, Doug Rhone and King Errisson) step in to do the serious work.

In its 28 years of existence, the Neil Diamond band had never done an album of its own. It still hasn't, but this is the closest thing to it.



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Jim Work

It is great fun and a most groovy CD.
This is a wonderful CD. The lyrics are very funny and provide some insight into the life of a professional musician. Mr. Hensley and friends are outstanding musicians, Neil Diamond is fortunate to have such people in his employ. I didn't hear a single clinker. From the standpoint of inspiration, it seems that Mr. Hensley is channeling Bill Evans, Slim Galliard, and Stan Freberg. I think he was Stan Freberg when he ordered his suit. This CD is a must buy!!


Great CD!
I've enjoyed the ND band live at concerts and on ND albums
and I was surprised to see that this CD had been released.
I then purchased it right away and it is really great. It
shows off the talent that has been behind ND these many, many years and I hope they release more CDs like this.

Katie Reynard

"There is a balm from Hensleyville"
to soothe the saddend soul" This is a great cd for those with a sense of humor and love to laugh out loud. Life is too short to take it all seriously. I want tho hear this cd live from Tom & the NDRRT - would go with or without Neil (perhaps better with Neil). Anyone who ever has performed would love this collection of funny-bone bustin' lyrics. Come on Tom - give us more!


5 STARS! Great cd!
Great cd. Bought cd for my dad and he loves it. He hasn't stopped playing it!

Toni (in NC) Merendino

And it has a beat you can dance to!
Don't listen to this baby if you want something laid back and mellow! Only if your ready to be rockin' and rollin' with laughter! Lordy! What a Touroid ride! It's especially effective if you listen to it right after watching the STAGES DVD. All the faces, voices, and Tom's crazy lyrics kind of mind-meld together to produce a wild picture of life on the road with NDRRT. Thanks, Tom and the Gang!

Donna Sheraden

LOTS of FUN!! WAY to go Touroids!!
LOTS of FUN!! WAY to go Touroids!! THANKS for putting this album out and including all of the Touroids and Richard Bennett--great music, laughs and insights of touring!! Keep up the great work!! Donna Sheraden

Linda Pollard

A welcome treat for all Neil Diamond concert goers.
What a fun treat to experience the backstage and road lives of Neil Diamond's band, thanks to Tom Hensley's lyrics. Many of us have felt the urge to live the life they do, and this CD lets us get a taste of how crazy that life can be. Tom Hensley has a fantastic sense of humor that's reflected in the lyrics. The vocals and instrumentation is superior, just as any fan would expect.

Don Jung, the "D" in "the R & D Project"

Witty, funny, off the wall humor of life on the road!
After making beautiful noise on those hot august nights for
so long, Tom Hensley has come out of the closet to record
a witty satire of a musician's life on the road. Unlike
his past life of seedy hotels, greasy spoons and run down beer joints, he has come up with a collection of songs
about life in Diamondville that makes you laugh with joy. He puts a Dr. Demento's touch to a series of tunes that
talk of hotel life and all the discomforts of touring
with a flair for the hilarious. Dear PBI cracks you up
and the Ballad of Pat Hand is off the wall. Tom Hensley has
a genius for musical lunacy and his backup group is just
sensational. ND should be so lucky that he has so much
talent behind him. Take a listen and have some fun
hearing about life in Diamondville, is it really that bad?

Shawnta Bush

Reason why Tom is better than Neil:
1. There is more to love.
2. His 'inky dinkle' list contains 'kinky dinkles'.
3. He can laugh at farts.
4. His ode to breakfast is heartbreakingly emotional.
5. Have you seen Tom on the CD jacket of A2A? Helloooo hottie!!!!

Lesley Hopman

Great cd for Neil Diamond-fans
Lots of fun! A great cd! Thank you Tom for sharing your hillarious NDRRT-life with us!
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