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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   Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones
Label: Island, Published: 1983 Us, Island Records, 4228424692, 1990
  CD   USED recordsale
Germany
  $4.54     Details
  Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones
Island Records, 255 774 - Cid 9762
  CD   NEAR MINT (NM OR M-)/VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+) Spiritus Mus
Croatia
  $5.63     Details
  Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones
0 Germany, Ariola, 004007192557745, 1983
  CD   USED MTS Outlet
Portugal
  $5.73     Details
  Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones
Europe, Island Masters, 8424692, 2099-01-01
  CD   MINT (M)/MINT (M) laChingadaRe
Spain
  $6.75     Details
Swordfishtrombones - Tom Waits   Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones
Datos: tipo/type: Cd año De Publicación/published In: 1989 sello/label: Island Record...
  CD   M / M Aizen Myo Re
Spain
  $7.88     Details
  Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones
Sealed Europe, Island Masters, 8424692
  CD   MINT (M)/MINT (M) Vinyl Touch
Belgium
  $7.88     Details
  TOM WAITS   Swordfishtrombones
  CD   Action
United Kingdom
  $9.33     Details
  Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones
Europe, Island Masters, 8424692, 2099-01-01
  CD   NEAR MINT (NM OR M-)/NEAR MINT (NM OR M-) Basschamber
Germany
  $10.13     Details
Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones - 15 Track Cd   Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones - 15 Track Cd
15 Great Tracks Island, Imcd48
  CD   EX/EX Folkadelic
United Kingdom
  $10.80     Details
  Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones
Mercury-is, Imcd 0000048 Special Order
  CD   MINT/MINT Netdiscs
United Kingdom
  $12.33     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
  $13.09     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 (1983)
Usa, Island, 4979
  CD   EX/EX sebo do disc
Brazil
  $38.50     Details
  TOM WAITS   Swordfishtrombones (full Cd)
(jc F&b Inserts) Usa, Island, N/a
  CD   VG+ IntDj
United States
  $40.81     Details
  waits tom   Swordfishtrombones
050934 cd/ New Copy/ Holland Barcode: 0042284246927 Title: Swordfishtrombones Special Order
  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $12.27     Details
  WAITS TOM   Swordfishtrombones
Groundbreaking 1983 Album Contains "shore Leave",in The Neighborhood" & "...
  CD   Red Eye
Australia
  $13.42     Details
Waits Tom - Swordfishtrombones Album   Waits Tom   Swordfishtrombones
Eu, Island Imcd48
  CD   M/ NEW Asbury Park
Italy
  $16.39     Details
  Waits,Tom   Swordfishtrombones CD   NM/NM CMS Music
United Kingdom
  $5.54 - $7.39      Details
  Waits,Tom   Swordfishtrombones
  CD   NM/NM CMS Music
United Kingdom
  $5.54     Details
  Waits,Tom   Swordfishtrombones
  CD   NEW CMS Music
United Kingdom
  $7.39     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
  $9.26     Details
  WAITS,TOM   Swordfishtrombones
6/15/90
  CD   NEW GrooveNet
United States
  $10.63     Details
Waits, Tom - Swordfishtrombones Record   Waits,Tom   Swordfishtrombones
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  CD   NEW Leftovers!
Netherlands
  $18.89     Details
  Waits,Tom   Swordfishtrombones
842469-2 swordfisht rombones
  CD   Black Rhythm
Netherlands
  $22.65     Details
  WAITS,TOM   Swordfishtrombones
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  CD   NEW NORTH ATLANT
United States
  $24.86     Details

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