Hang On Little Tomato

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Hang On Little Tomato
Studio album by Pink Martini
Released October 19, 2004
Recorded April 2001 - June 2004
Genre Alternative pop, World, Latin, Jazz
Length 50:22
Label Heinz Records
Producer Thomas M. Lauderdale, with Adam Levey & Robert Taylor
Pink Martini chronology
Sympathique
(1997)
Hang On Little Tomato
(2004)
Hey Eugene!
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic (link) 4/5 stars
BBC Music (link) (positive)
Kevchino (link) 8/10 stars

Hang On Little Tomato is the second full-length album from the band Pink Martini. Seven years after their debut album, it was released on October 19, 2004 by Pink Martini's own record label, Heinz Records. It has sold over 550,000 copies, reached #1 on Amazon.com, and gone Gold in France, Canada, Greece, and Turkey.

Overview[edit]

As a change from their first album, Pink Martini's second album Hang On Little Tomato features mostly original songs written by band members, and sung in seven different languages (French, Italian, Japanese, Croatian, Spanish, Greek and English).

The song title is a reference to the Hunt's Ketchup ad campaign "Hang On, Little Tomato!" in a 1964 issue of Life magazine.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by China Forbes and Thomas Lauderdale except as noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Let's Never Stop Falling in Love"     03:02
2. "Anna (El Negro Zumbón)" (from the 1951 film Anna) Roman Vatro/Francesco Giordano 02:36
3. "Hang On Little Tomato"   Lauderdale, Forbes, Patrick Abbey 03:16
4. "The Gardens of Sampson & Beasley"     04:00
5. "Veronique"   Lauderdale, Gregory Tozian 03:19
6. "Dansez-vous"   Forbes, Robert Taylor 02:52
7. "Lilly"     02:43
8. "Autrefois" (Once)   03:38
9. "U Plavu Zoru" (In the Blue Dawn) Music: Pink Martini
Lyrics: Lauderdale, Mario Lalich
06:01
10. "Clementine"     03:50
11. "Una Notte a Napoli" (A Night in Naples) Forbes, Lauderdale, Alba Clemente, Johnny Dynell 04:45
12. "Kikuchiyo to Mohshimasu" (originally performed by Hiroshi Wada & His Mahina Stars, 1964) Music: Yoichi Suzuki
Lyrics: Michio Yamagami
04:32
13. "Aspettami"     03:38
14. "Song of the Black Swan (O canto do cisne negro)"   Heitor Villa-Lobos (1917) 02:10

The 2004 Audiogram Canada CD release contains the bonus track "Sympathique (Version Inédite)" (Forbes/Lauderdale) - 03:32

Singles[edit]

  1. "Una Notte a Napoli"
  2. "Let's Never Stop Falling in Love"
  3. "Lilly"

Personnel[edit]

  • China Forbes, Vocals
  • Robert Taylor, Trombone, Trumpet
  • Dan Faehnle, Guitar, Mandolin
  • Maureen Love, Harp
  • Brian Davis, Percussion, Conga, Tamborim
  • Derek Rieth, Percussion, Bongos, Caxixi, Surdo, Shekere
  • Gavin Bondy, Trumpet
  • Thomas Lauderdale, Piano
  • Timothy Nishimoto, Vocals
  • Martin Zarzar, Percussion, Drums, Timbales
  • Phil Baker, Bass Upright
  • Timothy Jensen, Sax Baritone
  • Michael Spiro, Conga
  • Osao Murata, Organ
  • Kazunori Asano, Acoustic Guitar, Ukulele
  • Douglas Edwards Smith, Percussion, Timbales, Pandeiro, Vibraphone, Guiro
  • Masumi Timson, Koto
  • Hiroshi Wada, Slide Guitar
  • Norman Leyden, Clarinet
  • John Wager, Bass Upright
  • Doug Peebles, Trombone
  • Jason Stronquist, Trombone
  • Julie Coleman, Violin
  • Paloma Griffin, Violin
  • Denise Huizenga, Violin
  • Joel Belgique, Viola
  • Mara Lise Gearman, Viola
  • Tyler Neist, Viola
  • Charles Noble, Viola
  • Oreet Ranon, Cello
  • Heather Blackburn, Cello
  • Pansy Chang, Cello
  • Phil Hansen, Cello
  • Timothy Scott, Cello
  • Dieter Ratzlaf, Cello

External links[edit]

  • Hang On Little Tomato - official album page, with audio samples
  • [1] - the original Life Magazine ad that gave the album its name