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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
15 Tracks. Lyrics Inner. Jazz/blues Ger, Island205774, 1983
  LP   VG/VG LongPlayReco
Netherlands
  $7.37     Details
  tom waits   Swordfishtrombones
E5192 used, Condition Sleeve/record: Vg/ Vg Island205774 Ger 15 Tracks. Lyrics Inner. Jazz/blues Special Order
  LP   CDExpress - 
Netherlands
  $15.98     Details
  Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones 180g Lp
Simply Vinyl, 24917
  LP   Tonevendor
United States
  $21.82     Details
  Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones
Stereo Usa, Island, Isl842469, 2009
  LP   NEW/NEW/FACTORY SEALED/ Boogiebobs
United States
  $24.63     Details
TOM WAITS - Swordfishtrombones   TOM WAITS   Swordfishtrombones
Reissue Island, 842469
  LP   SS Recordsbymai
United States
  $25.00     Details
  Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones
Great Condition! Some Light Seamwear. Light Inaudible Lines. Plays Ex! Sweden, Island Records, Il...
  LP   VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+)/VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+) Scandinavian
Sweden
  $25.00     Details
Swordfishtrombones - Tom Waits   Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones
Rare Black-label Island Release; Cover With Light Ring/shelf/corner Wear, Lp Is Nearly M- With Ve...
  LP   VG+/EX-/ TOSCA
United States
  $25.20     Details
Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones Album   Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones
1. Underground // 2. Shore Leave // 3. Dave The Butcher // 4. Johnsburg, Illinois // 5. 16 Shells...
  LP   NEW hhv_de
Germany
  $24.46     Details
  Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones
Australia
  LP   VG+/M- Modern World
Australia
  $21.67     Details
Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones Record   Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones
Rare Portugal Pressing W/blue Island Labels, Ex/ex, 2 Slightly Audible Surface Marks, Otherwise N...
  LP   EX/EX Poplife
Germany
  $27.25     Details
  TOM WAITS   Swordfishtrombones
Island, 842469
  LP   NEW HARD TO FIND
United States
  $30.00     Details
  Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones
First Press Vg++ Uk, Island Records, Ilps9762, 1983
  LP   VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+)/VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+) nanshair
United Kingdom
  $31.31     Details
  Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones
Simply Vinyl
  LP   SEALED Record-Groov
Canada
  $34.44     Details
Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones LP   Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones LP   NM / NM Recordworld
Canada
  $34.99 - $74.99      Details
Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones LP   Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones
Original Inner Sleeve Canada, Island Records, Isl95, 1983
  LP   NM / NM Recordworld
Canada
  $34.99     Details
Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones EP   Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones
Original Inner Sleeve Canada, Island Records, 7900951, 1983
  LP   NM / NM Recordworld
Canada
  $74.99     Details
  Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones ( With Inner )
Usa, Island, 90095-1
  LP   EX/EX Vinylshop Re
United Kingdom
  $38.00     Details
Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones CD   Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones
Sealed - Brand New 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
  LP   Just For The
New Zealand
  $42.51     Details
  TOM WAITS   Swordfishtrombones
Picture Cover. 1983 Uk, Island, Ilps 9762
  LP   NM IntDj
United States
  $47.25     Details
  Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones
Very Clean/plays Great Usa, 108, 1983
  LP   VERY GOOD+ Power
Canada
  $49.99     Details
TOM WAITS - Swordfishtrombones Single   TOM WAITS   Swordfishtrombones
19-y-18 United Kingdom, Svlp 183, 2001
  LP   SS Shuga
United States
  $60.00     Details
  Tom Waits   Swordfishtrombones
Russian, Anton, 789987
  LP   EX/EX Vinylshop Re
United Kingdom
  $86.00     Details
WAITS TOM - Swordfishtrombones Vinyl   WAITS TOM   Swordfishtrombones
Cover Grade: Vg; Rus, Antrop, œ91 00085 /
  LP   M finylvinyl
Russian Federation
  $13.42     Details
  WAITS TOM   Swordfishtrombones: 2009 Reissue
Groundbreaking 1983 Album Remastered & Re-issued In 2009 On 180 Gram Vinyl To Celebrate The 5...
  LP   Red Eye
Australia
  $28.81     Details
  Waits Tom   Swordfishtrombones
Uk Copy With Card Lyric Inner Sleeve. Uk, Island, Ilps9762, 1983
  LP   EX/EX- Vinyl-Record
United Kingdom
  $31.30     Details
  waits tom   Swordfishtrombones
679368 new Copy/ Barcode: 0042284246910 Label: Island Releasedate: 2009 06 23 Style:altern Title... Special Order
  LP   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $37.05     Details
  WAITS,TOM   Swordfishtrombones
Russia, Anfon 9100085
  LP   MINT/MINT Apex Music
Belarus
  $10.70     Details
  WAITS,Tom   Swordfishtrombones LP   EX/VG+ Wanderer
Russian Federation
  $14.99 - $19.99      Details
  WAITS,Tom   Swordfishtrombones
00085, Russian Pressing, Slight Paperscuffs, Plays Ex. Russia, Antrop
  LP   EX/VG+ Wanderer
Russian Federation
  $14.99     Details
  WAITS,Tom   Swordfishtrombones
00085, Record Appears Unplayed Russia, Antrop
  LP   EX/NM Wanderer
Russian Federation
  $19.99     Details
  WAITS,TOM   Swordfishtrombones
Island Records 14 Track Lp Of The 1983 Album Pressed On 180 Gram Vinyl W/ Inner Lyric Sleeve. Sea...
  LP   Jack Wolak's
United States
  $19.57     Details
  WAITS,TOM   Swordfishtrombones (reis (spec) (ogv))
June 23, 2009
  LP   NEW GrooveNet
United States
  $19.98     Details
  waits,tom   Swordfishtrombones
Uk, Island, Ilpm 9762
  LP   EX/EX varulv69
Denmark
  $20.00     Details
  WAITS,TOM   Swordfishtrombones
Universal Domestic Reissue.
  LP   NEW GrooveNet
United States
  $21.46     Details
  Waits,Tom   Swordfishtrombones
Island Ilpm 9762, Regular Sleeve, Not The "island Life" One
  LP   EX-/M- VinylnetUK
United Kingdom
  $21.15     Details
  WAITS,TOM   Swordfishtrombones (reis (spec) (ogv))
Ordered On Demand 042284246910 Island, Isl842469.1, 6/23/2009 Special Order
  LP   NEW/NEW/1 PIECE/FACTORY SEALED Boogiebobs
United States
  $22.38     Details
  WAITS,TOM   Swordfishtrombones (reis (spec) (ogv))
Brand New, In-stock Vinyl Record. Ships Fast And Secure. Add To Cart With Confidence! Isl, Isl842...
  LP   NEW NORTHATLANTI
United States
  $25.87     Details
  WAITS,TOM   Swordfishtrombones
Brand New, In-stock Vinyl Record. Ships Fast And Secure. Add To Cart With Confidence! Umgd, 29015...
  LP   NEW NORTHATLANTI
United States
  $25.89     Details
  WAITS,TOM   Swordfishtrombones (1983 Release! Gatefold Sleeve)
Island 4228424691
  LP   Vintage
United States
  $27.00     Details
  Waits,Tom   Swordfishtrombones LP   VG+/VG++ Bananas
United States
  $29.00      Details
  Waits,Tom   Swordfishtrombones
Rw, Bumped Corners s Island, 90095-1
  LP   VG+/VG++ Bananas
United States
  $29.00     Details
  Waits,Tom   Swordfishtrombones
Lt Rw, Minor Edge Wear s Isl, 90095
  LP   VG+/NM Bananas Musi
United States
  $29.00     Details
  Waits,Tom   Swordfishtrombones
2009 Reissue. Us, Island, 8424691, 1983
  LP   NEW - SEALED Galaxy
New Zealand
  $30.00     Details
  Waits,Tom   Swordfishtrombones
Custom Printed Inner Sleeve; Promo Sticker & Gold Promo Stamp-front Island, 90095, 1983
  LP   NM GoJohnnyGo
United States
  $32.99     Details
WAITS, TOM - Swordfishtrombones-180gr-   WAITS,TOM   Swordfishtrombones-1 80gr-
180 Gram Vinyl Pressing. Universal. 2009. Usa, Island, 1990 Special Order
  LP   NEW CD Euroxpres
United States
  $34.74     Details
  Waits,Tom   Swordfishtrombones
Sealed 2009 180gm Reissue Usa, Island, 4228424691
  LP   SS Audiophileus
United States
  $38.50     Details
  Waits,Tom   Swordfishtrombones
Us Asylum 60211-1. Fine Copy Of Superb 1983 Waits Lp, In Cool, Rare, Withdrawn Sleeve, Deletion P...
  LP   EX/EX Slow Boat
New Zealand
  $200.00     Details

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