Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by UCrazyKid, Oct 10, 2019.
1+ Used Songs is an excellent introduction
Frank... has Hang On St Christopher which is still one of my favourite Waits tracks.
Getting into Tom Waits' catalogue is such a wild and crazy journey. But so rewarding. And expensive!
Can't add much to all the excellent suggestions so far. I like stuff from all the eras and albums. There's nothing I have especially disliked, as someone said, whatever Tom Waits does it somehow seems to just make mad sense.
My personal favourites change all the time, but they'd include
Heart Of Saturday Night
I had some fun a few years back making a Tom Waits "Greatest Hits" set, focusing on the tracks which the Asylum, Island and Anti labels have foisted upon the general public as A and B sides since the mid-70s.
"Strangers To The Hit Parade"
1. Hope I Don't Fall In Love With You
2. Ol' 55
3. Blue Skies
4. New Coat Of Paint
5. San Diego Serenade
6. (Looking For) The Heart Of Saturday Night
7. Step Right Up
8. The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me)
9. Somewhere (from "West Side Story")
10. Jersey Girl
12. In Shades
13. Heartattack And Vine
14. In The Neighbourhood
15. Downtown Train
16. Hang Down Your Head
17. Tango 'Til They're Sore
18. Jockey Full Of Bourbon
19. What Keeps Mankind Alive?
1. Hang On St. Christopher
2. 16 Shells From A Thirty-ought Six
3. Silent Night
4. Back In The Good Old World (Gypsy Vocal)
5. Goin' Out West
6. I Don't Wanna Grow Up
7. Who Are You
8. Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet
9. I'll Shoot The Moon
10. Hold On
11. Picture In A Frame
12. God's Away On Business
14. How's It Gonna End
15. Dead And Lovely
16. Lie To Me
17. Long Way Home
18. Diamond In Your Mind
19. Lucinda / Ain't Goin' Down To The Well
20. Back In The Crowd
Rain Dogs. His most accessible.
I got my start with Blue Valentine and it's still my favorite of his. Don't miss it!
I dig these, plus Rain Dogs, Heart Attack & Vine, Alice, Frank's Wild Years. Saturday Night is his classic crooner album.
I'm not the most musically adventurous guy ..... I really like his more mainstream stuff like Small Change and Heart of Saturday Night.
I spent a few years dabbling in and out of Tom Waits, with nothing ever really sticking. Then, when I made a conceited effort to give his output a go - I dove into Swordfish Trombones. Since then I haven't looked back. To my ears, it's a little easier to digest than the masterpiece that is Rain Dogs, but it does a good job of tuning your mind to getting into that album later. Swordfish is still one of my favourite TW albums.
Starting with the brawlers cd of orphans. It is just brilliant
I'm listening to Frank's Wild Years now for the first time in a long time. I was completely hooked on Waits by the first song.
The actual first song I heard was Back In The Good Old World which was in a movie, Night On Earth. I picked Frank's pretty much at random from a small selection at the record store.
Oh, yeah, Waits' soundtrack songs are great on "Night On Earth." If you can find "The Other Side of The World," I think it's one of his most beautiful, perfect songs.
Tom is one of those artists in my opinion, Bowie being another, whose music catalog could be divided into several segments because of the diversity of style. Some may like one segment or another, some a couple of different segments and maybe others all the various stylings. Bone Machine, Bad As Me, Closing Time, The Heart Of Saturday Night and so many others can lead you down certain pathways of Waits.
you can start @ Bone Machine, If that's a bit too dark check out Closing Time
‘Rain Dogs’ is the most representative album of his that I’ve heard; it’s the most Tom Waits-ish Tom Waits album, the one that captures his unique sound better than any other. His more recent albums can be difficult. His first few are extremely likeable. I can’t even tell you how much I love ‘Closing Time.’
Rain Dogs is the key to everything Tom
Half a dozen albums I'd recommend that show off his range:
Heart Attack And Vine
Bought a copy of Bad As Me today at B&N. It includes all 16 songs even though the liners list only 13.
I started with Mule Variations.
As some one who likes jazz and the Beats, I started with Nighthawks at the Dinner. I’ve heard them all since and it’s still my favorite.
What I want to know is...
Why doesn't Tom Waits start recording and performing again? Is he just goofing off?
And rent Down By Law!
Many good suggestions in previous posts...I'll recommend as a side track for ya on yer Waits journey, the record John Hammond released in 2001 on Point Blank, Wicked Grin.
Produced by Tom Waits, (also on guitar) with Larry Taylor on bass, Augie Meyers on keys, Stephen Hodges on percussion and Charlie Musselwhite on harp.
Nice sounding recording as well.
I started with Closing Time when it first came out and kept up with everything until Bone Machine. Nothing since, not that I didn't like them just didn't like them enough to play them more than a couple times. They still have not grown on me.
It's a great album, filled with lots of great songs.
And it includes my favorite Tom Waits song.
Yesterday is here:
I listened to this clip 4 times already this morning.
Such a great and short masterpiece of a song.
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