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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
Ltd. Uk Re-issue 19 Track 1985 Lp + Lyrics U.k., Island, Ilps 9803
  LP   EX/EX Disc Covery
United Kingdom
  $16.96     Details
  TOM WAITS   Rain Dogs-'85 Urban Blues-new Lp Reissue
"tom Waits
  LP   Vinyl Kiosk
Greece
  $20.70     Details
TOM WAITS - Rain Dogs   TOM WAITS   Rain Dogs
Tracks: 1-singapore 2-clap Hands 3-cemetery Polka 4-jockey Full Of Bourbon 5-tango Till Theyre 6-...
  LP   VG+/VG sebo do disc
Brazil
  $25.30     Details
  Tom Waits   Raindogs
Ilps 9803 Island
  LP   EX/EX Acousticsoup
United Kingdom
  $27.56     Details
  Tom Waits   Rain Dogs
  LP   EX/EX Bside the
United Kingdom
  $32.42     Details
  Tom Waits   Rain Dogs
Island; Ilps 9803,uk 1985, Inner Split Seam
  LP   VG/VG+ Flashback
United Kingdom
  $41.50     Details
  Tom Waits   Rain Dogs
Uk, Island Records, Ilps9803, 1985
  LP   VERY GOOD (VG)/VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+) sonisrai
United Kingdom
  $46.53     Details
  Tom Waits   Rain Dogs ( With Inner )
Sweden, Island, Ilps 9803
  LP   EX/EX Vinylshop Re
United Kingdom
  $54.00     Details
Tom Waits - Rain Dogs - Italian Test Pressing Lp   Tom Waits   Rain Dogs - Italian Test Pressing Lp
1985 Italian Test Pressing Lp Labelled By Pressing Plant Company And Housed In Distributor's Bag....
  LP   M Terry
Italy
  $60.05     Details
Rain Dogs - Tom Waits   Tom Waits   Rain Dogs
Label: Island, Published: 1985 Including Ois Europe, Island Records, 2070858, 1985
  LP   EX / NM recordsale
Germany
  $76.68     Details
  Waits,Tom   Rain Dogs LP   VG+/VG Bluesite
Germany
  $18.52 - $37.05      Details
  Waits,Tom   Rain Dogs
Island 207 085, + Inner Sleeve (crinkled) De, 1985
  LP   VG+/VG Bluesite
Germany
  $18.52     Details
  Waits,Tom   Rain Dogs
Island 207 085, + Inner Sleeve De, 1985
  LP   VG+/VG+ Bluesite
Germany
  $37.05     Details
Waits, Tom - Rain Dogs Album   Waits,Tom   Rain Dogs
Island Ilps 9803 With White Palm Tree Label And Lyric Inner
  LP   M-/EX VinylnetUK
United Kingdom
  $37.29     Details
Waits, Tom - Rain Dogs Record   Waits,Tom   Rain Dogs
Tom Waits Rain Dogs (classic 1985 Uk 19-track Vinyl Lp Complete With Lyric Inner Picture Sleev...
  LP   EX TO MINT eil / esprit
United Kingdom
  $51.88     Details
Waits, Tom - Rain Dogs LP   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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