""Tommy Boy" was my initiation. But with all respect to the Carps (and Farley-Spade) who did it so beautifully, when I really got to know the song it was Rita Coolidge's version on "Mad Dogs and Englishmen", and since then it's been first and foremost a Leon Russell tune to me. It's the quintessential torch song but I've always felt like there was a darker, more pathological thing in there behind the sentimentality -- a kind of delusional quality. You almost wonder if the affair ever happened at all. It's a very dark song when you dig into it."
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This is an unreleased rehearsal version of "Hard To Say Goodbye" from 1970. Recorded at Criteria Studios, it comes from a reel in Alan Pariser's archive listed as "Horn Demos" and features Bobby Keys and Jim Horn.
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