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Old 12-28-2012, 03:47 AM   #1
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Question Which Tom Waits Album?

So I downloaded Closing Time, Tom Waits' first studio album, and I must say I'm in love with the guy's music. But the guy has so much output, it's staggering, and I've read around that some of his albums are very difficult to get into.

So what albums would any/all of you recommend for me to listen to? I want to get into his music, and any suggestion you guys would have would be brilliant.

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Old 12-28-2012, 05:40 AM   #2
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Personally, I think that Mule Variations is an EXCELLENT album to begin with. It is the perfect crossroads between Waits' more blues-fueled stuff, jazz ballads, and avant-garde material. It's a later-era album, coming out in 1999, but is one of his absolute best and most well-rounded.
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:57 AM   #3
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Personally, I think that Mule Variations is an EXCELLENT album to begin with. It is the perfect crossroads between Waits' more blues-fueled stuff, jazz ballads, and avant-garde material. It's a later-era album, coming out in 1999, but is one of his absolute best and most well-rounded.



I'll take a look at it. Thanks!
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:51 PM   #4
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"small change" is the one that got me into to Tom
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:10 PM   #5
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Blue Valentine
Rain Dogs
Mule Variations

Those are my favorites. Rain Dogs is a little more avant garde,vbut it has some great tracks.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:34 PM   #6
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Rain Dogs and Swordfishtrombone are my favourites.
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:51 PM   #7
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If you're looking for albums in the vein Closing Time, check out Small Change and The Early Years compilations (Vol. 2 is my favourite). If you're just interested in Tom Waits, then Rain Dogs, Swordfishtrombones and Mule Variations are great, as already mentioned. Alice is also worth a look, I think it might be one of my favourites.
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:35 PM   #8
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His newest one Bad as Me is pretty enjoyable too.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:27 AM   #9
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swordfish trombone and mule variations are two of my favourites
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:27 PM   #10
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Rain Dogs, Mule Variations, Swordfish Trombones

I am a big fan of Tom Waits's lyrics and Marc Ribot's guitar playing
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:28 PM   #11
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by the way you should watch some of his interviews, particularly on Letterman, he is a funny funny guy
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