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Tom Waits

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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.

ARION BERGER
(RS 907 - October 17, 2002)





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  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
  Tom Waits   Rain Dogs
Island; Ilps9803,uk 1985, Inner
  LP   VG+/G Flashback
United Kingdom
  $16.60     Details
TOM WAITS - Rain Dogs   TOM WAITS   Rain Dogs
With Inner Bagstill In Shrink Usa, Island, 902991902991, 1985
  LP   M-/EX+ Pure Pop
Japan
  $20.00     Details
Rain Dogs - TOM WAITS   TOM WAITS   Rain Dogs
1985 Album From The Wildman With A Quite Cinematic Feel. Listen To 'clap Hands'. Record Is A Stro...
  LP   VG/VG+ Recordmania
Sweden
  $20.25     Details
  TOM WAITS   Rain Dogs-urban Blues-new Lp Reissue
"tom Waits
  LP   Vinyl Kiosk
Greece
  $23.00     Details
  tom waits   Rain Dogs
Pristine Condition Island Label Vinyl Album With Inner Lyric Sheet
  LP   Clampdown
United Kingdom
  $22.63     Details
  TOM WAITS   Rain Dogs-urban Blues-new Lp 180gr
"tom Waits
  LP   Vinyl Kiosk
Greece
  $25.99     Details
  tom waits   Rain Dogs
'rain Dogs' Is Tom Waits' Ninth Album, Originally Released In 1985. It Is A Loose Concept Album A...
  LP   NEW lpcdreissues
Greece
  $24.02     Details
  Tom Waits   Rain Dogs
Very Clean/plays Great Usa, 102, 1985
  LP   NEAR MINT Power
Canada
  $32.99     Details
Tom Waits - Rain Dogs Album   Tom Waits   Rain Dogs
Label: Island, Published: 1985 Including Original Inner Sleeve With Lyrics Germany, Island, 207 ...
  LP   NM / NM recordsale
Germany
  $34.00     Details
  Tom Waits   Rain Dogs - 180 Grams
Music On Vinyl
  LP   SEALED Record-Groov
Canada
  $34.44     Details
  Tom Waits   Raindogs
Ilps 9803 Island
  LP   EX/EX Acousticsoup
United Kingdom
  $39.60     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
  $40.02     Details
  Tom Waits   Rain Dogs
New, Reissue Eu, Music On Vinyl, Movlp 393
  LP   M-/M- Beatnick
Canada
  $44.00     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 ( 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
  $19.01     Details
  WAITS Tom   Rain Dogs (re)
Us Singer, Lp Recorded With Larry Taylor (ex Canned Heat), Marc Ribot, Chris Spedding, Tony Garni...
  LP   M/M, INSERT, REISSUE OCTOPUSMUSIC
France
  $18.71     Details
Waits Tom - Rain Dogs LP   Waits Tom   Rain Dogs
Still Sealed. Reissue, Originally Released 1985. 180g Audiophile Pressing Uk, Music On Vinyl / Is...
  LP   NEW/SEALED Intoxica
United Kingdom
  $31.68     Details
  Waits Tom   Rain Dogs
Uk Copy With Original Card Lyric Inner Sleeve. Uk, Island, Ilps9803, 1985
  LP   EX/EX- Vinyl-Record
United Kingdom
  $30.16     Details
  Waits,Tom   Raindogs
New Euro Reissie
  LP   NEW GrooveNet
United States
  $21.99     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
Greece
  $19.20     Details
  WAITS,TOM   Rain Dogs
Re-issue Of 1985 German Pressing. Ger, Island, 207 085-620
  LP   M/M Madmanmoon
Denmark
  $25.86     Details
  waits,tom   Rain Dogs
Including Innersleeve. Scandinavian Version. *, Island, Ilps 9803
  LP   EX/M- varulv69
Denmark
  $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   Rain Dogs
Island Ilps 9803 Inc Inner,lovely First Press Copy
  LP   M-/M- VinylnetUK
United Kingdom
  $45.98     Details
  WAITS,TOM   Raindogs (ogv)
600753030400 Music On Vinyl, Muvn5303040.1, 11/14/2011 Special Order
  LP   NEW/NEW/SPECIAL ORDER, ORDERED ON DEMAND/FACTORY S Boogiebobs
United States
  $48.14     Details
  WAITS,TOM   Rain Dogs - Island 1985 Re. Eu 2011 - 180gr. - 19 Tracks
  LP   NEW vinylrecords
Germany
  $58.86     Details

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