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Not your typical Tom

I'm actually not a huge Waits fan - his stuff tends to be a little too out there for me, the experimental just doesn't really work for me. Having said that, this is hands down my favorite disc period, by anyone, my #1 desert island disc out of the roughly 2000 I own. The growling, gravely voice, the wry humor as he talks to the audience and about his band - "they all come from good families...just over the years they developed some habits about 'em that just ain't right.", the imagery of the, just the best. Got this originally on vinyl, then CD and now on my laptop as well. I'd rate this a strong buy.

This album should come packaged with some whiskey

One of my favorites...Tom Waits channels a jazz club & creates a masterpiece. This album is pure magic - once you start listening be prepared to be sucked in for 80 minutes. Equal parts jazz & blues, this is almost a spoken word/poetry album chocked to the brim with stories & visuals that are pure Waits.


I bought this on vinyl 35 years ago, now own it on CD, and still listen to it regularly. What does that tell you? A "must have" masterpiece.


Born: December 7, 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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