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Tom Waits’ 1973 debut is full of tender regrets and barstool loneliness. The bittersweet country-folk of “Ol’ 55” (later covered by the Eagles) and the hushed jazz of “Grapefruit Moon” tell of two very different wounded souls. The nostalgic narratives of “Martha” and “Rosie” soothe like good fiction, while the R&B-tilted “Ice Cream Man” bounces with carnal innuendo. With its velvety strings, muted trumpet, and tinkling piano, the gently simmering finale is all resignation and regret—just like being alone at closing time.    

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Why Have I Waited So Long?

Although I've known about Tom Waits for a while, and dabbled with Mule Variations, I recently purchased this after hearing "Martha" on the radio. This is a brilliant and poignant album by one of the finest balladeers of our time. Old cars, lost love, lullabies--what's not to like? Here, Waits has yet to have the years create his more distinctive voice, but the beginnings are there. Not as experimental as later works, it establishes him as a fine songwriter--a classic. I'm looking forward to exploring the canon of Waits; in the fine tradition of Dylan and Springsteen, a true American tunesmith.


Fabulous music by an extremely talented artist. You won't regret buying this. Martha, Lonely and Rosie are my favourites

Brilliant Debut...

The brilliant debut of one of the most innovative artists in music's history.


Born: December 07, 1949 in Pomona, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In the 1970s, Tom Waits combined a lyrical focus on desperate, low-life characters with a persona that seemed to embody the same lifestyle, which he sang about in a raspy, gravelly voice. From the '80s on, his work became increasingly theatrical as he moved into acting and composing. Growing up in Southern California, Waits attracted the attention of manager Herb Cohen, who also handled Frank Zappa, and was signed by him at the beginning of the 1970s, resulting in the material later released as The...
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Closing Time, Tom Waits
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Adult Alternative, Singer/Songwriter
  • Released: 1973

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