Tom Waits’ recent collaboration with New Orleans institution the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on the benefit LP Preservation was originally inspired by an old 78 rpm recording of Danny Barker’s 1947 Mardi Gras Indian street chant "Tootie Ma Is a Big Fine Thing". Now, the song is coming full circle, as Waits and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s take on the tune is set to be released as a 78 record on November 19 by Preservation Hall Recordings, according to his site. (The B-side contains Waits’ and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s cover of Barker’s "Corrine Died on the Battlefield".)
And, because chances are your record player only has settings for 33 and 45 rpm records (the 78 went out of style in the middle of the 20th century), Preservation Hall is coming out with a limited-edition 78 player to go along with this release. (See an image of the player above.) Only 504 copies of the 78 and 100 players are going to be made, and all proceeds benefit the Preservation Hall Junior Jazz & Heritage Brass Band.