Tom Waits ‎– The Black Rider

Island Records (2) ‎– ILPS 8021
Vinyl, LP, Unofficial Release


A1 Lucky Day (Overture) 2:26
A2 The Black Rider 3:20
A3 November 2:50
A4 Just The Right Bullets 3:35
A5 Black Box Theme 2:45
A6 'T' Ain't No Sin 2:35
A7 Flash Pan Hunter (Intro) 1:11
A8 That's The Way 1:11
A9 The Briar And The Rose 3:50
A10 Russian Dance 3:10
B1 Gospel Train (Orchestra) 2:35
B2 I'll Shoot The Moon 3:50
B3 Flash Pan Hunter 3:05
B4 Crossroads 2:45
B5 Gospel Train 4:40
B6 Interlude 0:30
B7 Oily Night 4:25
B8 Lucky Day 3:45
B9 The Last Rose Of Summer 2:10
B10 Carnival 1:30


  • ProducerGerd Bessler (tracks: A2, A3, A5, A6, A7, A8, A9, B4, B6, B9, B10), Tchad Blake (tracks: A1, A4, A10, B1, B2, B3, B5, B7, B8)


There are no official re-issues of this record. This bootleg pretends to be on Island Records UK.

With the original copies, the record itself came in a picture sleeve, but with the fake pressing the picture sleeve is just a flat insert, and the record comes in a plain white sleeve.

The matrix is different on this bootleg press. And the sound quality is much worse.

The cover is glossier and the writings on the back are blurrier than the original. The label on the record is black, while on the original it's blue.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: Side A: BLACKRIDER 01 A-1
  • Matrix / Runout: Side B: BLACKRIDER 01 B-1

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ILPS 8021/518 559-1, ILPS 8021 Tom Waits The Black Rider(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records ILPS 8021/518 559-1, ILPS 8021 UK & Europe 1993 Sell This Version
518 559-2 Tom Waits The Black Rider(CD, Album) Island Records 518 559-2 Australasia 1993 Sell This Version
TW-88 Tom Waits The Black Rider(LP, Unofficial, Col) Alka-Seltzer Medien GmbH TW-88 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
CID 8021, 518 559-2 Tom Waits The Black Rider(CD, Album, RP, PDO) Island Records, Island Records CID 8021, 518 559-2 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
314-518 559-4 Tom Waits The Black Rider(Cass, Album) Island Records 314-518 559-4 US 1993 Sell This Version

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January 28, 2015
edited about 1 year ago

People who are saying that the sound is crappy is highly exaggerating. Yes, the sound is a teensy bit more dusty, but it's nothing you can't live with...especially taking to consideration that it's a Tom Waits' we're talkin'bout.

Further more; this is a sublime peace of music. November's a favorite.


August 6, 2014

The sound quality of this bootleg is absolutely crappy. You should save your money for the original.


December 30, 2011
This unofficial copy certainly does have worse sound qualiy.