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Tom Waits

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Swordfishtrombones

 

    Tom Waits' new album is so weird that Asylum Records decided not to release it, but it's so good that Island was smart enough to pick it up. Half of the fifteen cuts–the dirty blues, poetry recitals and odd instrumentals–would not sound out of place on a Captain Beefheart album. The rest of the record consists of gorgeous Waitsian melodies, which haven't been collected in such quantity since his ten-year-old debut album.

It's easy to forget that Tom Waits is one of the great American pop songwriters. His voice is so ravaged that... Read More

his albums have often been cluttered and overproduced in order to compensate. On the self-produced Swordfish trombones, Waits wisely sticks to spare accompaniment, which allows his rough-hewn voice to achieve a real tenderness. As for the songs, many of them feature men who are caught up, broken down or separated from loved ones by war. In "Soldier's Things," the saddest song on the album and Waits' most stunning composition in years, a mother is having a yard sale: "A tinker, a tailor/A soldier's things/His rifle, his boots full of rocks/And this one is for bravery, and this one is for me/Everything's a dollar in this box."

Of course, it wouldn't be a Tom Waits album without the rhymes ("He got twenty years for lovin' her/From some Oklahoma governor") and deadbeat humor. "Frank's Wild Years" contains a hilarious monologue about a guy cutting out on his wife, "a spent piece of used jet trash [with] a little Chihuahua named Carlos/That had some kind of skin disease/And was totally blind." The combination of weirdness, heartfelt lyrics and haunting instrumentals adds up to a superior LP and an opportunity to rediscover Tom Waits. (RS 409)


DON SHEWEY





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  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
  Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones
Island Records, 255 774 - Cid 9762
  CD   NEAR MINT (NM OR M-)/VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+) Spiritus Mus
Croatia
  $6.33     Details
  Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones
0 Germany, Ariola, 004007192557745, 1983
  CD   USED MTS Outlet
Portugal
  $6.44     Details
Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones   Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones
Label: Island, Published: 1983 All Songs Recorded At Sunset Sound In August 1982. Except Trac...
  CD   USED recordsale
Germany
  $8.00     Details
  Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones
Brand New From A Seller With A High Star Rating 06/15/1990
  CD   BRAND NEW EverCheap
United States
  $9.25     Details
  TOM WAITS   Swordfishtrombones
1983
  CD   NM samssounds
United Kingdom
  $9.63     Details
  TOM WAITS   Swordfishtrombones
  CD   Action
United Kingdom
  $9.71     Details
Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones - 15 Track Cd   Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones - 15 Track Cd
Item Pictured Is The Actual Item Being Offered For Sale. 15 Great Tracks Island, Imcd48
  CD   EX/EX Folkadelic
United Kingdom
  $11.23     Details
  TOM WAITS   Swordfishtrombones
Isl842469 Isl
  CD   NEW Weird Harold
United States
  $11.98     Details
  Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones
Usa, Island, 042284246927
  CD   NEW Mantis Music
United States
  $12.94     Details
  Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones (1983)
  CD   EX Fun Records
Germany
  $14.72     Details
  Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones
Comunità Europea, 1989-05-24
  CD   hole records
Italy
  $13.54     Details
  Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones (mini Lp Sleeve)
  CD   MusRare
Lithuania
  $15.42     Details
  TOM WAITS   Swordfishtrombones
Island, 1987
  CD   USED CD EX/EX Musica Auton
Spain
  $19.60     Details
  Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones
Uk
  CD   EX/EX Vinylshop Re
United Kingdom
  $29.00     Details
  TOM WAITS   Swordfishtrombones (full Cd)
(jc F&b Inserts) Usa, Island, N/a
  CD   VG+ IntDj
United States
  $40.81     Details
  TOM WAITS   Swordfishtrombones (1983)
Eua, Island, 4979
  CD   EX/EX sebo do disc
Brazil
  $57.75     Details
  Waits Tom   Swordfishtrombones
Island 842469 Special Order
  CD   M- Geoff Winser
United Kingdom
  $11.23     Details
  waits tom   Swordfishtrombones CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $13.79 - $22.65      Details
  waits tom   Swordfishtrombones
050934 condition: New Copy/ Cd 30 9 1999 Islan 00422 8424692 Condition: New Copy/ / Style: Pop H... Special Order
  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $13.79     Details
  waits tom   Swordfishtrombones
9752 used, Condition Sleeve/record: Vg++/ Vg++ Island 424692 Germany Cd Special Order
  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $22.65     Details
WAITS, TOM - Swordfishtrombones 15 Tracks   WAITS,TOM   Swordfishtrombones 15 Tracks
Full Length Cd, Waits, Tom: Swordfishtrombones 15 Tracks, Island 422 842 469/commercial Issue/bo...
  CD   LIKE NEW Music Obsess
United States
  $5.50     Details
  Waits,Tom   Swordfishtrombones
Singer Songwriter ~ 1989 ~ ~ Note: Vg+ Grading Indicates There Will Be Visible Light Marks On The...
  CD   EX/VG+ More Music
United Kingdom
  $6.26     Details
  Waits,Tom   Swordfishtrombones CD   NM/NM CMS Music
United Kingdom
  $7.69 - $9.61      Details
  Waits,Tom   Swordfishtrombones
  CD   NM/NM CMS Music
United Kingdom
  $7.69     Details
  Waits,Tom   Swordfishtrombones
  CD   NEW CMS Music
United Kingdom
  $9.61     Details
  Waits,Tom   Swordfishtrombones
  CD   Alternativem
United States
  $7.99     Details
  Waits,tom   Swordfishtrombones
15 Track Uk, Island, Imcd48
  CD   EX EX Steve Fisher
United Kingdom
  $9.63     Details
Swordfishtrombones - WAITS, TOM   WAITS,TOM   Swordfishtrombones
Russia, Jpcd9704266
  CD   MINT/MINT Apex Music
Belarus
  $9.81     Details
  WAITS,TOM   Swordfishtrombones
June 15, 1990
  CD   NEW GrooveNet
United States
  $9.95     Details
  WAITS,TOM   Swordfishtrombones
Dispatched As Soon As Possible By Independent Uk Seller. Please Contact Me If Item Is Not Dispatc...
  CD   BRAND NEW! GENERALLY SEALED. PLEASE NOTE: NOT ALL MERLIN MOOSI
United Kingdom
  $14.20     Details
  WAITS,TOM   Swordfishtrombones
Holland, Island, 004228424692, 1999 Special Order
  CD   NEW CD Euroxpres
United States
  $16.28     Details
WAITS, TOM - Swordfishtrombones Album   WAITS,TOM   Swordfishtrombones
Island, 004228424692, 9/30/1999
  CD   MINT importcd
Netherlands
  $16.44     Details
  Waits,Tom   Swordfishtrombones
Items Ships In 1-2 Working Days. 050934
  CD   NEW the Leftover
Netherlands
  $20.87     Details
  Waits,Tom   Swordfishtrombones
Items Ships In 1-2 Working Days. 050934 Special Order
  CD   NEW Discorder
Netherlands
  $21.82     Details
WAITS, TOM - Swordfishtrombones Record   WAITS,TOM   Swordfishtrombones CD   NEW NORTHATLANTI
United States
  $25.84 - $25.87      Details
WAITS, TOM - Swordfishtrombones Record   WAITS,TOM   Swordfishtrombones
Brand New, In-stock Cd. Ships Fast And Secure. Add To Cart With Confidence! Umgd, 2002313, 7/11/1
  CD   NEW NORTHATLANTI
United States
  $25.84     Details
  WAITS,TOM   Swordfishtrombones
Brand New, In-stock Cd. Ships Fast And Secure. Add To Cart With Confidence! Isl, Isl842469.2, 6/1...
  CD   NEW NORTHATLANTI
United States
  $25.87     Details
  Waits,Tom   Swordfishtrombones
Swordfishtrombones
  CD   842469-2 Black Rhythm
Netherlands
  $25.46     Details

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