Song of the Week: “Bella Ciao (Goodbye Beautiful)” by Marc Ribot featuring Tom Waits

by Douglas Cowie on 14 September 2018

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Bella Ciao (Goodbye Beautiful)” by Marc Ribot featuring Tom Waits:

I’m not sure I really have favorite guitar players, exactly, but Marc Ribot might be my favorite guitar player. His show at Cafe Oto a few years back remains one of the most thrilling live music experiences I’ve had. His work on Tom Waits’s Rain Dogs album is probably most people’s introduction to Marc Ribot (mine, too), so I was pretty excited to see this news that Tom Waits and Marc Ribot have collaborated on something new. Tom Waits’s voice sounds great on this recording, and the film that Jem Cohen has made to go with the song is really effective. I’m looking forward to hearing the whole of Songs of Resistance 1942-2018, which has a whole list of wonderful singers on it, not to mention one superb guitarist.

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