A great double-header – two of Tom T Hall's classic early albums for Mercury Records, back to back on a single CD! I Witness Life is a record with a title that really sums up all the genius that Tom T Hall had to offer the world of country music at the start of the 70s – as his approach is generally one of witness, but inflected with an incredible sense of wit and insight as well! The songs here are Hall at the height of his storytelling powers – each of them a mini-movie in sound, with Tom's twangy lead as the perfect presentation of these great little songs – most of which show a mode that's really evolved from his work as a songwriter for others in the Nashville scene of the mid 60s. These songs are completely Tom's own – gens that include "Salute To A Switchblade", "Thank You Connersville Indiana", "The Ballad Of Bill Crump", "Girls In Saigon City", "America The Ugly
", and "That'll Be Alright With Me". 100 Children is a set that has Tom T Hall opening things
up slightly – ever so slightly – from the mode of his first few albums for Mercury – a set that maybe introduces a few more sentimental songs, but all still mixed with the kind of insight from hindsight that has always made Hall so great! There's a few cuts that are maybe trying to pull the country heartstrings more than usual for Tom, but he also balances them out with the sorts of gems that really make just about every one of his first ten albums so wonderful. Titles include "I Want To See The Parade", "Mama Bake A Pie", "I Hope It Rains At My Funeral", "I Took A Memory To Lunch", "The Hitch Hiker", "Old Enough To Want You", and "Pinto The Wonder Horse Is Dead".