12-11-08 Tom Waits – The
“Swordfishtrombones”, “Rain Dogs”, “Frank’s Wild Years” and “Big Time” – the four albums Mr. Waits has released through Island Records, US.
I became aware of Tom Waits in the 70’s – just “another sucker on the vine”, as some would say. I was not overly enthusiastic about any artists on Elektra – Asylum Records; there would have been no reason for me to ‘check him out’. I was likely given a free copy of “Heartattack and Vine”, his final Asylum LP, in about 1980. I liked what I heard.
Obvious investigation of his Asylum catalogue revealed that I could find one or two things on each LP that I liked, but…I think I only kept “Nighthawks At The Diner” (a wonderful live 70’s album) and “Heart Attack and Vine”. I liked his humor, which is fairly legendary in
Recently, I saw that his Island era CD’s were re-mastered and re-issued in
I have not been able to follow his post-“Big Time” work very well – but I return to “Swordfishtrombones” and “Rain Dogs” often. I know when he played in
And I must repeat my story of my Elektra-Asylum copy of “Swordfishtrombones” – I was offered a copy (Australian, as it turns out), a fully-finished stock copy. I performed some minor indignity and obtained this fine LP, some years ahead of it’s
So, Tom – thanks for the music. Where’s the DVD of “Big Time”? And can we have the “Rain Dogs” TV commercials as bonus tracks on that DVD, please? I remember the “In The Neighborhood” music video, too. All very cool stuff.
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