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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
With Inner Bagstill In Shrink Usa, Island, 902991902991, 1985
  LP   M-/EX+ Pure Pop
  $20.00     Details
  TOM WAITS   Rain Dogs-urban Blues-new Lp Reissue
"tom Waits
  LP   Vinyl Kiosk
  $23.00     Details
  tom waits   Rain Dogs
Pristine Condition Island Label Vinyl Album With Inner Lyric Sheet
  LP   Clampdown
United Kingdom
  $23.48     Details
  Tom Waits   Rain Dogs - Holland Island 2007 Sealed 19-track Lp
Holland Island 2007 19-track Lp Sealed In Custom Stickered Picture Sleeve Holland, Island, Movlp3
  LP   M/M crazy diamon
  $21.80     Details
  Tom Waits   Rain Dogs LP   EX/VG+ Flashback
United Kingdom
  $25.05 - $37.58      Details
  Tom Waits   Rain Dogs
Music On Vinyl; Movlp393,uk 2011 Reissue
  LP   EX/VG+ Flashback
United Kingdom
  $25.05     Details
  Tom Waits   Rain Dogs
Music On Vinyl; Movlp393,uk 2011 Reissue
  LP   NEW/NEW Flashback
United Kingdom
  $37.58     Details
  Tom Waits   Rain Dogs
New And Sealed Europe, Music On Vinyl, Movlp393, 2011-11-17
  LP   MINT (M)/MINT (M) Rockodium Re
  $23.48     Details
  TOM WAITS   Rain Dogs-urban Blues-new Lp 180gr
"tom Waits
  LP   Vinyl Kiosk
  $25.99     Details
  tom waits   Rain Dogs
'rain Dogs' Is Tom Waits' Ninth Album, Originally Released In 1985. <b N/a, Music On Vinyl, M...
  LP   BRAND NEW lpcdreissues
  $26.62     Details
  Tom Waits   Rain Dogs
Cover: Excellent Disc: Never Been Played Promo Copy 7 90299-1
  LP   MPCVinyl
United States
  $28.00     Details
  Tom Waits   Rain Dogs - Holland Music On Vinyl 2011 19-track Lp
Holland Music On Vinyl 2011 19-track Lp Sealed In Custom Stickered Picture Sleeve Holland, Music ...
  LP   M/M crazy diamon
  $27.25     Details
  Tom Waits   Rain Dogs
  LP   EX/EX kangoo Ltd
United Kingdom
  $31.55     Details
Rain Dogs - Tom Waits   Tom Waits   Rain Dogs
Label: Island, Published: 1985 Sticker Stain And Tiny Sticker Rip Off Germany, Island, 207 085-6...
  LP   NM / NM recordsale
  $34.24     Details
  Tom Waits   Rain Dogs - 180 Grams
Music On Vinyl
  LP   SEALED Record-Groov
  $34.44     Details
Tom Waits - Rain Dogs Album   Tom Waits   Rain Dogs
Netherlands, 180 Gram Reissue Europe, Music On Vinyl, Movlp393, 2011-11-17
  LP   SS Recordsbymai
United States
  $35.00     Details
  TOM WAITS   Rain Dogs 180 Gram Music On Vinyl Recs
  LP   Action
United Kingdom
  $35.49     Details
Tom Waits - Rain Dogs Record   Tom Waits   Rain Dogs
Sealed - Brand New 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl. Made In Eu.
  LP   Just For The
New Zealand
  $42.51     Details
  Tom Waits   Rain Dogs
New,reissue Eu, Music On Vinyl, Movlp 393
  LP   M-/M- Beatnick Mus
  $44.00     Details
  Tom Waits   Rain Dogs (1985)
  LP   EX Fun Records
  $45.75     Details
  Tom Waits   Rain Dogs
Stereo Netherlands, Music On Vinyl, Muvn5303040, 2010
  LP   NEW/NEW/FACTORY SEALED/180 G Boogiebobs
United States
  $48.15     Details
  Tom Waits   Rain Dogs
Very Clean/plays Great Usa, 102, 1985
  LP   VERY GOOD+ Power
  $49.99     Details
  Tom Waits   Rain Dogs ( With Inner )
Sweden, Island, Ilps 9803
  LP   EX/EX Vinylshop Re
United Kingdom
  $54.00     Details
  WAITS Tom   Rain Dogs
Lyric Inner Island Ilps 9803, 1985
  LP   EX / VG Maxvinyl
United Kingdom
  $19.73     Details
  WAITS Tom   Rain Dogs (re)
Us Singer, Lp Recorded With Larry Taylor (ex Canned Heat), Marc Ribot, Chris Spedding, Tony Garni...
  $21.61     Details
  Waits Tom   Rain Dogs
Uk Copy With Original Card Lyric Inner Sleeve. Uk, Island, Ilps9803, 1985
  LP   EX/EX- Vinyl-Record
United Kingdom
  $31.30     Details
Waits Tom - Rain Dogs LP   Waits Tom   Rain Dogs
Still Sealed. Reissue,originally Released 1985. 180g Audiophile Pressing Uk, Music On Vinyl / Isl...
  LP   NEW/SEALED Intoxica
United Kingdom
  $32.88     Details
  WAITS TOM   Rain Dogs : 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
180 Gram Audiophile Pressing. Essential 1985 Album Feat "downtown Train" And "jock...
  LP   Red Eye
  $37.05     Details
  waits tom   Rain Dogs
303711 lp Condition: Vg++ Title: Rain Dogs Special Order
  LP   CDExpress
  $48.20     Details
  waits tom   Raindogs (ogv)
600753030400 new Copy/ Barcode: 600753030400 Releasedate: 11/14/2011 Style:rock Title: Raindogs... Special Order
  LP   CDExpress
  $70.50     Details
  Waits,Tom   Rain Dogs
Island 207 085; + Inner Sleeve De, 1985
  LP   VG+/VG+ Bluesite
  $17.72     Details
  Waits,Tom   Raindogs
New Euro Reissie
  LP   NEW GrooveNet Ma
United States
  $21.99     Details
  Waits,Tom   Rain Dogs
  LP   Checkpoint
  $22.30     Details
Waits, Tom - Rain Dogs CD   Waits,Tom   Rain Dogs
Light Damage In Lower Front Cover, Lyric Insert Greece, Island, Vg 71418, 1985
  LP   VG+ , EX- karmamusic
  $21.16     Details
Waits, Tom - Rain Dogs 180g   Waits,Tom   Rain Dogs 180g
19 Tracks, 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl. Music On Vinyl
United States
  $26.95     Details
  WAITS,TOM   Rain Dogs
Re-issue Of 1985 German Pressing. Ger, Island, 207 085-620
  LP   M/M Madmanmoon
  $28.50     Details
WAITS, TOM - Rain Dogs Single   WAITS,TOM   Rain Dogs
2011 Music On Vinyl Records, Exclusively Remastered, 19 Track Lp Of Waits' Incredible 1985 Album,...
  LP   Jack Wolak's
United States
  $29.87     Details
  waits,tom   Rain Dogs
Including Innersleeve. Scandinavian Version. *, Island, Ilps 9803
  LP   EX/M- varulv69
  $30.00     Details
  WAITS,TOM   Rain Dogs (1985 Release-500 Copies Only)
Island Ilps 9803
  LP   Vintage
United States
  $35.00     Details
  Waits,Tom   Rain Dogs
S Isl, 90299-1
  LP   VG++/VG++ Bananas
United States
  $39.00     Details
  WAITS,TOM   Raindogs (ogv)
November 14, 2011
  LP   NEW GrooveNet
United States
  $42.98     Details
  WAITS,TOM   Raindogs (ogv)
Brand New, In-stock Vinyl Record. Ships Fast And Secure. Add To Cart With Confidence! Muvn, Muvn5...
United States
  $47.74     Details
  WAITS,TOM   Raindogs (ogv)
Ordered On Demand 600753030400 Music On Vinyl, Muvn5303040.1, 11/14/2011 Special Order
United States
  $48.14     Details
  Waits,Tom   Rain Dogs
Island Ilps 9803 Inc Inner, Lovely First Press Copy
  LP   M-/M- VinylnetUK
United Kingdom
  $49.51     Details
  Waits,Tom   Rain Dogs
Items Ships In 3-5 Working Days. D34804
  LP   NEW Leftovers!
  $58.58     Details
  WAITS,TOM   Rain Dogs - Island 1985 Re. Eu 2011 - 180gr. - 19 Tracks
  LP   NEW vinylrecords
  $60.76     Details

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