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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 Bagscuff Marks On Both Sides Germany, Island, 207085, 1985
  LP   EX/EX- Pure Pop
  $20.00     Details
  Tom Waits   Rain Dogs
Very Clean/plays Great Usa, 102, 1985
  LP   NEAR MINT Power
  $32.99     Details
Tom Waits - Rain Dog   Tom Waits   Rain Dog
With Obi & Insertscuff Mark On A-side1" Cover Split At Spine Japan, Island, R25d-2017, 1
  LP   EX+/EX Japan Pressi
  $35.00     Details
  Tom Waits   Rain Dogs - 180 Grams
Music On Vinyl
  LP   SEALED Record-Groov
  $35.94     Details
  Tom Waits   Raindogs
Ilps 9803 Island
  LP   EX/EX Acousticsoup
United Kingdom
  $38.32     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
  $19.31     Details
  WAITS,TOM   Rain Dogs
Re-issue Of 1985 German Pressing. Ger, Island, 207 085-620
  LP   M/M Madmanmoon
  $26.12     Details
  waits,tom   Rain Dogs
Including Innersleeve. Scandinavian Version. *, Island, Ilps 9803
  LP   EX/M- varulv69
  $30.00     Details
  WAITS,TOM   Rain Dogs (1985 Original + Lyric Sleeve!)
Island 90299-1
  LP   Vintage
United States
  $52.00     Details
  WAITS,TOM   Rain Dogs - Island 1985 Re. Eu 2011 - 180gr. - 19 Tracks
  LP   NEW vinylrecords
  $55.16     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
  $599.45     Details

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