Tom Waits

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Thomas Alan Waits
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Born December 7th. 1949, in Pomona, California. Tom Waits first album, "Closing Time", was released in 1973. A contemporary artist, Waits is mostly known for his lyrical and poetical songwriting and raspy gravelly voice.
His own inspiration is rooted in early blues and beat poetry with influences like Howlin' Wolf and Jack Kerouac. Apart from music, Waits also has a strong presence in movies. He has appeared in works by Francis Ford Coppola, Jim Jarmusch, Terry Gilliam, and Robert Altman.
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SD 5061 Tom Waits - Closing Time album art Tom Waits Closing Time (Album) Asylum Records SD 5061 US 1973 Sell This Version
E4 1015, TC-51015 Tom Waits - The Heart Of Saturday Night album art Tom Waits The Heart Of Saturday Night (Album) Asylum Records E4 1015, TC-51015 US 1974 Sell This Version
7E-2008 Tom Waits - Nighthawks At The Diner album art Tom Waits Nighthawks At The Diner (Album) Asylum Records 7E-2008 US 1975 Sell This Version
TC-51078 Tom Waits - Small Change album art Tom Waits Small Change (Album) Asylum Records TC-51078 US 1976 Sell This Version
CR3-1976 Tom Waits - Crawdaddy Radio Revue album art Bill Crystal* / No Artist / Tom Waites* Bill Crystal* / No Artist / Tom Waites* - Crawdaddy Radio Revue(LP, S/Sided, Transcription) Crawdaddy CR3-1976 US 1976 Sell This Version
7E-1117 Tom Waits - Foreign Affairs album art Tom Waits Foreign Affairs (Album) Asylum Records 7E-1117 US 1977 Sell This Version
6E-162 Tom Waits - Blue Valentine album art Tom Waits Blue Valentine (Album) Asylum Records 6E-162 New Zealand 1978 Sell This Version
AS 52 252 Tom Waits - Heartattack And Vine album art Tom Waits Heartattack And Vine (Album) Asylum Records AS 52 252 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
PCT 37703 Tom Waits - One From The Heart - The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Of Francis Coppola's Movie album art Tom Waits And Crystal Gayle Tom Waits And Crystal Gayle - One From The Heart - The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Of Francis Coppola's Movie (Album) Columbia PCT 37703 US 1982 Sell This Version
TW 1 Tom Waits - A Conversation With Tom Waits album art Tom Waits A Conversation With Tom Waits Island Records TW 1 UK 1983 Sell This Version
ILPS 9762 Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones album art Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones (Album) Island Records ILPS 9762 UK 1983 Sell This Version
ILK 79803 Tom Waits - Rain Dogs album art Tom Waits Rain Dogs (Album) Island Records ILK 79803 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
12 IS 260, tw 1, PR 792 Tom Waits - Special Promotion Package album art Tom Waits Special Promotion Package(Box, Promo + LP, Album, Promo + 12", Album, Promo ) Island, Island, Island 12 IS 260, tw 1, PR 792 UK 1985 Sell This Version
ISL-1129 Tom Waits - Franks Wild Years album art Tom Waits Franks Wild Years (Album) Island Records, Island Records ISL-1129 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
ISLC-1203 Tom Waits - Big Time album art Tom Waits Big Time (Album) Island Records ISLC-1203 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
511 111-2 Tom Waits - Mississippi Lad album art Teddy Edwards featuring Tom Waits Teddy Edwards featuring Tom Waits - Mississippi Lad (Album) Verve Records, Gitanes Jazz, Polygram Jazz 511 111-2 France 1991 Sell This Version
510 929-4 Tom Waits - Night On Earth (Original Soundtrack Recording) album art Tom Waits Night On Earth (Original Soundtrack Recording) (Album) Island Records 510 929-4 France 1991 Sell This Version
PHCR-1710 Tom Waits - Bone Machine album art Tom Waits Bone Machine (Album) Island Records PHCR-1710 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
R4 71089 Tom Waits - The Early Years Vol. 2 album art Tom Waits The Early Years Vol. 2 (Comp, Album) Edsel Records R4 71089 US 1992 Sell This Version
PRCD 6743-2 Tom Waits - Bone Machine: The Operator's Manual album art Tom Waits Bone Machine: The Operator's Manual(CD, Promo) Island Records PRCD 6743-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
438 823-2 Tom Waits - Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet album art Gavin Bryars With Tom Waits Gavin Bryars With Tom Waits - Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet (Album) Point Music 438 823-2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
74321 16822 2 Tom Waits - The Black Rider album art Tom Waits The Black Rider (Album) Island Records, Island Records 74321 16822 2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
ESCA 7457 Tom Waits - Mule Variations album art Tom Waits Mule Variations (Album) Anti-, Epitaph ESCA 7457 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
none Tom Waits - Mule Conversations album art Tom Waits Mule Conversations Anti- none Poland 1999 Sell This Version
Pilot 82 Tom Waits - The Dime Store Novels Vol. 1 (Live At Ebbets Field 1974) album art Tom Waits The Dime Store Novels Vol. 1 (Live At Ebbets Field 1974)(CD, Album, Ltd) Burning Airlines Pilot 82 UK 2001 Sell This Version

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DavidTomlinson

DavidTomlinson

December 7, 2019
Isn't it about time for a nice super deluxe box set? Maybe the first 7 Asylum Records on vinyl or CD with posters, book, etc? Or the next 10 or so Island discs? Some live cuts, some rarities, maybe a disc of single only cuts. It's impossible to find his stuff where I live, buying single LPs is a logistical nightmare, and I'd spring for the heavy postage of a big box set. Somebody? Anybody?

RoryHoy

RoryHoy

July 27, 2019
Interestingly, he was one of the inspirations for Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Batman villain, The Joker in the 2008 classic 'The Dark Knight'. Watch an interview of Tom, and you'll see where Heath got his iconic voice and mannerisms from.
hartro

hartro

June 22, 2019
Waits is a great American artist. One of the criteria that defines great artistry is an ability to stay doggedly fixed on a personal sense of true north, no matter what the noise around you suggests, or the personal and professional risks entailed in staking out a new vein of work. Unquestionably he meets that bar. Whether you like his work or not, it is utterly him.
klinek

klinek

February 14, 2018
Can anybody write something about the new 2017/2018 remasters of all the records? Are they better than original ones??
Bradx

Bradx

February 9, 2018
Waits was great up until Blue Valentine imo. That was his last great record for me. I didn't like Heart Attack, when that came out it was a big disappointment, too shouty. After that he seemed to go on some sort of Beefheart kick and went on to deny his earlier work. I think he was embarrassed about it. Most people knew he wasn't really a beatnik or a gentleman of the road. That whole alky-loser-blues thing was completely made up (a bit like Seasick Steve but unlike SS - Waits had genuine talent).

It didn't matter if it WAS made up... because the songs were really evocative and the lyrics read like poetry. Check out the title track from the Foreign Affairs album as a for-instance. Or anything actually from that album, Small Change or Blue Valentine.

People like the later stuff, I quite understand that... but it's not for me. It's too raucous and contrived. The earlier work was poignant and meaningful and his singing had subtlety..... it wasn't all like a dog barking.

I was lucky enough to see Waits at the London Palladium in 1979. What a fine night. He did a great show. Blue Valentine was quite new back then so he did a whole load of songs from that.... plus he had props on stage like gas station pumps. When he came back on for his encore the curtain came back and he was sitting in an armchair watching the News At 10 on tv.
I set fire to the Palladium carpet that night (accidentally), but that's another story.
lafreeway

lafreeway

January 25, 2014
If you are unsure about Tom Waits, listen to Whistlin past the graveyard, blue valentines, waiting for the heart of Saturday night and then move on. Songs like Raised right men, may take you by surprise. He is a genius but really reserved only for those with a "broad, up for a bit of dark dangerous fun", musical taste!.
Unknown42

Unknown42

February 16, 2007
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Tom Waits... not much you can say about Tom Waits, except that his lyrics are amazing and his use of interesting uncommon instruments is genious. While his voice is not for everyone, he should be checked out just for his musical talent. Mule Variations is a very good begginer Tom Waits album, for those who have not completely learned how to digest Tom Waits unmistakeable musical techniques.
whiteboy

whiteboy

February 27, 2004
Could there be a musician better suited to drinking whiskey till you fall down, playing cards with three jokers and smoking till you sound like a cement mixer? I think not. He's a poet, a musician, an actor, a writer and a madman. His ability to create beautiful haunting melodies and mournful love songs is only matched by his ability to create sonic madness and scary soundwaves. Check out Swordfish Trombones, Frank's Wild Years, The Black Rider, Raindogs, Alice, Bloodmoney, in fact check out any album in his catalogue there are no duds only gems

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