Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose Allison

Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose Allison is a collaboration by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, Georgie Fame, Mose Allison and Ben Sidran, released in 1996. It charted at #1 on the Top Jazz Albums chart.[1]

Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose Allison
Studio album by
Released8 October 1996
StudioThe Wool Hall, Bath, England
ProducerVan Morrison, Ben Sidran, Georgie Fame
Van Morrison chronology
How Long Has This Been Going On
Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose Allison
The Healing Game
Mose Allison chronology
Allison Wonderland Anthology
Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose Allison
Gimcracks and Gewgaws

Recording history

The entire recording for this album was done in a day and all of the performances were live first or second takes. Featuring the songs of Mose Allison, the performers were Allison himself, Georgie Fame, Ben Sidran, and Van Morrison, a longtime admirer of Allison's work. The horns were arranged by Pee Wee Ellis. Morrison said he had wanted to make the record for a long time.[2] Liner notes are by Ben Sidran.

Ben Sidran had said this on working with Van Morrison in the studio for the album:

Heʼs exactly as he appears to be onstage. He never does anything the same way twice. Everything put down in the studio is done live, so whatever you play will likely end up on the finished record.[3]

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Track listing

All songs written by Mose Allison.

  1. "One of These Days" – 3:18
  2. "You Can Count on Me (To Do My Part)" – 3:22
  3. "If You Live" – 3:47
  4. "Was" – 3:28
  5. "Look Here" – 2:09
  6. "City Home" – 3:26
  7. "No Trouble Livin'" – 2:15
  8. "Benediction" – 3:01
  9. "Back on the Corner" – 2:23
  10. "Tell Me Something" – 2:40
  11. "I Don't Want Much" – 2:03
  12. "News Nightclub" – 2:43
  13. "Perfect Moment" – 2:13



Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1996 Top Jazz Albums 1


  1. "Billboard Albums: Tell Me Something". Retrieved 9 August 2008.
  2. Hinton, Celtic Crossroads, p. 331
  3. Perlich, Tim (7 January 2009). "NOW Magazine - Ben Sidran". Retrieved 16 January 2009.


  • Hinton, Brian (1997). Celtic Crossroads: The Art of Van Morrison, Sanctuary, ISBN 1-86074-169-X
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