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Tom WaitsSwordfishtrombones

Label:Island Records – 4228424691
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, 180 Gram
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Jazz, Rock
Style:Blues Rock, Lounge, Jazz-Rock

Tracklist

A1Underground
Acoustic BassLarry Taylor
Baritone HornRandy Aldcroft
Electric GuitarFred Tackett
Marimba [Bass Marimba]Victor Feldman
VocalsTom Waits
1:58
A2Shore Leave
Acoustic BassLarry Taylor
Angklung [Metal Aunglongs]Francis Thumm
Banjo, GuitarFred Tackett
Marimba, Marimba [Bass Marimba], Shaker, Drum [Bass Drum With Rice]Victor Feldman
Performer [Chair], VocalsTom Waits
TromboneRandy Aldcroft
4:12
A3Dave The Butcher
Organ [Hammond B-3 Organ]Tom Waits
Percussion [Bass Boo Bams]Victor Feldman
2:15
A4Johnsburg, Illinois
BassGreg Cohen
Vocals, PianoTom Waits
1:30
A516 Shells From A 30-6
Acoustic BassLarry Taylor
Drum [Brake Drum], Percussion [Bell Plate], SnareVictor Feldman
Electric GuitarFred Tackett
TromboneJoe Romano (4)
VocalsTom Waits
4:30
A6Town With No Cheer
Programmed By [Synthesizer Program]Clark Spangler
Vocals, Harmonium, Synthesizer, Bells [Freedom Bell]Tom Waits
4:22
A7In The Neighborhood
Acoustic BassLarry Taylor
Baritone HornRandy Aldcroft
Bass Drum [Parade Drum], CymbalStephen Taylor Arvizu Hodges*
Organ [Hammond B-3 Organ], Snare, BellsVictor Feldman
VocalsTom Waits
3:04
B1Just Another Sucker On The Vine
HarmoniumTom Waits
TrumpetJoe Romano (4)
1:42
B2Frank's Wild Years
Acoustic BassLarry Taylor
Organ [Hammond Organ]Ronnie Barron
VocalsTom Waits
1:50
B3Swordfishtrombone
Acoustic BassGreg Cohen
Electric BassLarry Taylor
Marimba, Congas, Bass Drum, Drum [Dabuki Drum]Victor Feldman
VocalsTom Waits
3:00
B4Down, Down, Down
Acoustic BassLarry Taylor
Electric GuitarCarlos Guitarlos
OrganEric Bikales
Snare, TambourineVictor Feldman
VocalsTom Waits
2:10
B5Soldier's Things
Acoustic BassGreg Cohen
VocalsTom Waits
3:15
B6Gin Soaked Boy
Acoustic BassLarry Taylor
Electric GuitarFred Tackett
VocalsTom Waits
2:20
B7Trouble's Braids
Acoustic BassLarry Taylor
Bass Drum [Parade Bass Drum]Stephen Taylor Arvizu Hodges*
Talking Drum [African Talking Drum]Victor Feldman
VocalsTom Waits
1:18
B8Rainbirds
Acoustic BassGreg Cohen
PianoTom Waits
3:05
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Notes

180 gram vinyl remastered.

℗ © 1983 The Island Def Jam Music Group

All songs recorded at Sunset Sound, Augist 1982 except "Dave The Butcher" was recorded at Leeds Instrument Rental.

Runouts are etched.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Barcode (Text): 0 42284 24691 0
  • Barcode (Scanned): 042284246910
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 1): 83919 1A 4228424691
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 1): 83919 1B 422-8424691 ⓤ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 2): 83919 1A 422-8424691 ⓤ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 2): 83919 1B 422-8424691 ⓤ

Other Versions (5 of 174)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Swordfishtrombones (LP, Album, Stereo)Island Records, Island Records7 90095-1, 90095-1US1983
New Submission
Swordfishtrombones (LP, Album)Island Records814 522-1France1983
New Submission
Swordfishtrombones (LP, Album)Island Records, Island RecordsI-205.774, I-205774Spain1983
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Swordfishtrombones (Cassette, Album, Red Print)Island Records, Island RecordsZCI-9762, ZCI 9762Scandinavia1983
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Swordfishtrombones (LP, Album)Island Records, Island RecordsILPM-9762, ILPM 9762Scandinavia1983

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  • Mark_Reid's avatar
    Mark_Reid
    Picked up a second hand copy of this today and pleasantly surprised with its sound quality. No crackling at all, bright and dynamic all round.
    • airrun76's avatar
      airrun76
      Edited 6 months ago
      Purchased new at record store recently. Lots of noise (distortion in treble particularly) both sides on several tracks. A couple of bubbles/dimples in pressing. After 4 cleanings, little difference in the noises but mix has opened up and sounds great.

      I'll enjoy this for now. When 2023 remaster drops in September, may buy that pressing to see what happens. Great music.
      • JesperMailand's avatar
        JesperMailand
        Excellent copy.. no background noise or clicks to be heard.
        • djshags's avatar
          djshags
          As others have mentioned, the quality of this pressing is poor. Full of noise, so distracting I pulled it halfway first side.
          • hainesb2's avatar
            hainesb2
            Bought new in April 2023. Sound quality is good but it’s pretty noisy even after two cleanings. Don’t expect perfection here.
            • Andy71c's avatar
              Andy71c
              According to the pictures this USA release comes with a insert with the songs lyrics. Can anyone confirm that? Thank you.
              • patlebouc's avatar
                patlebouc
                Edited 3 years ago
                Unfortunately, lots of noise throughout the whole album... very disappointed with that pressing....Oh well, in the 80’s it never happened, but in 2020 , it’s happening very often.... to the point that I’m back to buying cd’s to be sure to have good sound....but I have bought every repress of Tom from his independent years and they’re all perfect....
                • johndhint's avatar
                  johndhint
                  No issues with surface noise on the copy I own. The quality is actually spectacular! One of the best vinyl records I own.
                  • noremacham's avatar
                    noremacham
                    Bought this reissue new, and when i put it on it was very noisy, even surface scuffs pulling it out of the sleeve for the first time. Overall audio quality is fine
                    • SmokinMagaDog's avatar
                      SmokinMagaDog
                      Fine record. Got mine at Dyno. Recommend listening to song #a5.

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