Tom Waits ‎– Swordfishtrombones

Island Records ‎– ILPS 9762
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue

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A1 Underground
Acoustic Bass – Larry TaylorDrums – Stephen Taylor Arvizu HodgesElectric Guitar – Fred TackettHorn [Baritone] – Randy AldcroftMarimba [Bass] – Victor FeldmanVocals – Tom Waits
A2 Shore Leave
Acoustic Bass – Larry TaylorAngklung [Metal Aunglongs] – Francis ThummBanjo, Guitar – Fred TackettDrums – Stephen Taylor Arvizu HodgesMarimba, Marimba [Bass], Shaker, Bass Drum [With Rice] – Victor FeldmanTrombone – Randy AldcroftVocals, Percussion [Chair] – Tom Waits
A3 Dave The Butcher (Instrumental)
Organ [Hammond B-3] – Tom WaitsPercussion [Bass Boo Bams] – Victor Feldman
A4 Johnsburg, Illinois
Bass – Greg CohenVocals, Piano – Tom Waits
A5 16 Shells From A Thirty-Ought-Six
Acoustic Bass – Larry TaylorDrums – Stephen Taylor Arvizu HodgesDrums [Brake Drum], Percussion [Bell Plate], Snare – Victor FeldmanElectric Guitar – Fred TackettTrombone – Joe Romano (2)Vocals – Tom Waits
A6 Town With No Cheer
Bagpipes – Anthony Clark StewartProgrammed By [Synthesizer] – Clark SpanglerVocals, Harmonium, Synthesizer, Bells [Freedom Bell] – Tom Waits
A7 In The Neighborhood
Acoustic Bass – Larry TaylorDrum [Parade Drum], Cymbal – Stephen Taylor Arvizu HodgesHorn [Baritone] – Randy AldcroftOrgan [Hammond B-3], Snare, Bells – Victor FeldmanTrombone – Bill Reichenbach (2), Dick (Slyde) Hyde*Vocals – Tom Waits
B1 Just Another Sucker On The Vine (Instrumental)
Harmonium – Tom WaitsTrumpet – Joe Romano (2)
B2 Frank's Wild Years (For Frankie Z.)
Acoustic Bass – Larry TaylorOrgan [Hammond] – Ronnie BarronVocals – Tom Waits
B3 Swordfishtrombone
Acoustic Bass – Greg CohenElectric Bass – Larry TaylorMarimba, Congas, Bass Drum, Drums [Dabuki] – Victor FeldmanVocals – Tom Waits
B4 Down, Down, Down
Acoustic Bass – Larry TaylorDrums – Stephen Taylor Arvizu HodgesElectric Guitar – Carlos GuitarlosOrgan – Eric BikalesSnare, Tambourine – Victor FeldmanVocals – Tom Waits
B5 Soldier's Things
Acoustic Bass – Greg CohenVocals – Tom Waits
B6 Gin Soaked Boy
Acoustic Bass – Larry TaylorDrums – Stephen Taylor Arvizu HodgesElectric Guitar – Fred TackettVocals – Tom Waits
B7 Trouble's Braids
Acoustic Bass – Larry TaylorBass Drum [Parade] – Stephen Taylor Arvizu HodgesTalking Drum [African] – Victor FeldmanVocals – Tom Waits
B8 Rainbirds (Instrumental)
Harmonica [Glass] – Francis Thumm, Richard Gibbs, Stephen Taylor Arvizu HodgesPiano – Tom Waits

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Includes a printed inner sleeve with lyrics.

Recorded at Sunset Sound, August 1982 except A3 recorded at Leeds Instrumental Rental. Mastered at Kendun Recorders.
All lyrics © 1982 Jamla Music [sic!]

Same blue center labels as Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones, but different pressing rings. The other version seems to have been pressed by P.R. Records Limited.
This version here is missing the inner stamper ring impression, so the pressing was done at another plant, although a master which was prepared at P.R. Records Limited was used.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1 runout [etched]): ILPS 9762 - A-IK PR-m A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2 runout [etched]): ILPS 9762 - B-IK PR-m

Other Versions (5 of 118) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
90095-1 Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones(LP, Album) Island Records 90095-1 US 1983 Sell This Version
842 469-4 Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones(Cass, Album) PolyGram 842 469-4 France 1983 Sell This Version
842 469-2, IMCD 48 Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones(CD, Album, RE) Island Records, Island Masters 842 469-2, IMCD 48 UK & Europe 1989 Sell This Version
ILPS 9762 Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones(LP, Album) Island Records ILPS 9762 UK 1983 Sell This Version
25S-193 Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones(LP, Album) Island Records 25S-193 Japan 1984 Sell This Version