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Tom Waits


Rain Dogs


    Tom Waits is a man who makes a living sounding as if he's always either just waking up or nodding off from the end of a bourbon binge. So perhaps unsurprisingly, it took him nine albums to find a college audience (with 1983's Swordfishtrombones) and ten albums to find some real musical clarity. With Rain Dogs, he dropped his bedraggled lounge-piano act and fused outsider influences -- socialist decadence by way of Kurt Weill, pre-rock integrity from old dirty blues, the elegiac melancholy of New Orleans funeral brass -- into a singularly... Read More

idiosyncratic American style.

Rain Dogs offers a dangerous world, nasty for the tough sailors in "Singapore" ("Don't fall asleep while you're ashore"), infinitely sad for the hustlers of New York's "Union Square" and no fun at all in jail. The music is bony and menacingly beautiful, the desultory electric-guitar solo as cold as the rattle of marimbas in "Clap Hands." The evocative, elliptical rhymes describe scenes and characters with poetic precision but use atmosphere, not narrative, to connect them. Waits' expanded palette culls spy-movie jazz in the instrumental "Midtown," with the saxophone screaming, possibly, for its life to be spared. It's hard to hear "Downtown Train" without accepting the inevitability of Rod Stewart's Top Ten cover -- Waits must be used to strange bedfellows -- but it's quirky near-pop, the all-pro instrumentation pushing Waits' not-so-melodic but surprisingly flexible vocals out front, where his own peculiar freak flag, his big heart and his romantic optimism gloriously fly.

(RS 907 - October 17, 2002)

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  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
TOM WAITS - Rain Dogs   TOM WAITS   Rain Dogs
1985 Album From The Wildman With A Quite Cinematic Feel. Listen To 'clap Hands'. Some Light Marks...
  LP   VG/VG+ Record Mania
  $16.13     Details
  TOM WAITS   Rain Dogs
Ltd. Uk Re-issue 19 Track 1985 Lp + Lyrics U.k., Island, Ilps 9803
  LP   EX/EX Disc Covery
United Kingdom
  $19.20     Details
  Tom Waits   Rain Dogs
Small Tear/sticker On Cover Portugal, Island Records, 1020708550, 1985
  $26.71     Details
  Tom Waits   Raindogs
Ilps 9803 Island
  LP   EX/EX Acousticsoup
United Kingdom
  $29.36     Details
  Tom Waits   Rain Dogs
Island; L 38467,new Zealand 1985, Insert Strong Vg+, Writing On Label
  LP   VG+/VG+ Flashback
United Kingdom
  $46.97     Details
  Tom Waits   Rain Dogs ( With Inner )
Sweden, Island, Ilps 9803
  LP   EX/EX Vinylshop Re
United Kingdom
  $54.00     Details
Rain Dogs - Tom Waits   Tom Waits   Rain Dogs
Label: Island Records, Published: 1985 Ois, Slight Wear On Spine; Plays Partly In Ex Condition C...
  LP   NM / VG recordsale
  $120.16     Details
  Waits,Tom   Rain Dogs
Minor Marks To Vinyl, Harder Tom Waits To Find s Island, 7 90299
  LP   VG/VG+ Bananas
United States
  $29.00     Details
  WAITS,TOM   Rain Dogs - Island 1985 Re. Eu 2011 - 180gr. - 19 Tracks
  LP   NEW vinylrecords
  $55.09     Details
Waits, Tom - Rain Dogs Album   Waits,Tom   Rain Dogs
Beautiful 1985 Original Still In Shrink With Custom Lyric Inner Sleeve Masterdisk Stamped In De...
  LP   M- Audiophileus
United States
  $88.00     Details
  Waits,tom   Rain Dogs
Oop On Vinyl - Original 1985 U.s. Pressing - Radio Promo - Gold Stamp - Very Scarce - Great Album...
  LP   EX/VG++ Salt Burn
United States
  $199.45     Details

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