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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, whilst 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.    


Born: 07 December 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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  • 11,99 €
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Adult Alternative, Singer/Songwriter
  • Released: 01 January 1973

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