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Closing Time [CD]

Tom Waits Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Jun 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Elektra
  • ASIN: B000002GYR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,622 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Ol' 55 3:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You 3:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Virginia Avenue 3:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Old Shoes [& Picture Postcards] 3:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Midnight Lullaby 3:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Martha 4:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Rosie 4:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Lonely 3:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Ice Cream Man 3:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Little Trip To Heaven [On The Wings Of Your Love] 3:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Grapefruit Moon 4:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Closing Time 4:200.79  Buy MP3 

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It starts with a sunrise, it ends with "one star shining", and in between Closing Time contains an honest year's worth (1973, to be exact) of sweet, melodic, vintage Tom Waits--minus some of the vocal growl and thematic grit of his later stuff (but you can see it coming). Waltzes, lullabies, blues, jazz, you name it. Driving songs and drinking songs, even an honest to gosh country tune: "Rosie." There are torchers ("Lonely"), scorchers ("Ice Cream Man"), and back- porch senior citizen love songs ("Martha"): "Those were the days of roses/Poetry and prose, and/Martha, all I had was you and all you had was me." Other standouts are "I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love with You" (guess what--he does!) and "Grapefruit Moon", in which Waits croons: "Every time I hear that melody, something breaks inside." Hang on to your hearts and hats, folks. --Dan Leone

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Heartbreaking 1973 debut album features "I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You".

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Waits at his best 10 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
People argue whether Tom Waits was at his best during the 1970's, with the softer and more melodic jazz and blues songs, or during the 1980's, with the rougher and more experimental songs. Personally I am really fond of his early music, and this album from 1973 is a real treasure. It has a high consistent quality throughout and includes some of Waits best songs. "I hope that I don't fall in love with you" is a masterpiece and worth the album alone. "Ol' '55", "Old Shoes", "Martha" are other excellent tracks, but I doubt you'll be disappointed by any song. I really recommend this album. If you like it you will probably like "The Heart of Saturday Night" from 1974 as well.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly Tom Waits best album 5 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
Closing Time is not as dark or quirky as some of the later Tom Waits albums and is an excellent introduction if you are unfamiliar with his music. This album is a beautiful blend of blues and jazz with a hint of country for good measure all delivered by Toms’ wonderful smoky, gravelly voice. Although a lot more mellow than later offerings such as Rain Dogs and Swordfish, that indefinable uniqueness that is Tom Waits is still visible.
Particularly outstanding are the tracks ‘Midnight Lullaby’, ‘Martha’ and ‘Grapefruit Moon’ although there isn’t a single track on this CD that isn’t good on this near perfect album. This is one to put on when the lights are low and you just want to kick off your shoes and relax.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Trip to Heaven 17 April 2006
By Awake
Format:Audio CD
This is Tom Waits' first album, he was 24 when he wrote it and I am at a loss to come up with many other artists (Dylan?) who have expressed themselves with such a mature voice at such a young age.

The album is beautiful from start to finish. It is melodic - full of haunting strings and piano chords. It is sentimental without being saccharine - perhaps it is the smokey bourbon voice which does it.

Standouts for me are Ol'55, Martha ("I remember quiet evenings trembling close to you" - swoon, swoon!) and Grapefruit Moon.

The outstanding thing which he achieves though is putting together a collective of songs which are so evocative. Whilst Waits has stood the test of time and experimentation this is something which has stayed with him throughout his career and can be seen as much on his most recent offering, 'Real Gone' as it can be on this.

This is the best place to start if you plan to get into Tom Waits as it is his first and probably his most accessible. It leads you quite neatly to 1974's 'The Heart of Saturday Night' where his ability as a storyteller becomes more accomplished.

Listen to the lyrics, listen to the music, listen to it again and again. Tom Waits is an absolute genius.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Tom Waitts - Old Gravel Voice :) I heard this album at a friends house one dark evening a good few years ago and was stunned by the emotion held in it's groove (yes it was on vinyl). It is simplicity itself but it can drag up feelings that you thought were gone for good, feelings of sadness and joy. It invokes memories of love lost, love found and love remembered. If you like your music moody and deep then this is for you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nowt as queer as folk... 6 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
I was gobsmacked to read one reviewer here saying they "can't see the attraction". This is one of my (and my wife's) most frequently played albums. This was our introduction to Tom Waits and though we have many other albums from across his varied repertoire, this is the one we enjoy most; some of the others impress, others interest, and others have their moments, but Closing Time will always be THE Waits album for me.

Hope this helps to introduce someone else to a huge talent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This is probably Tom Waits' most accessible album, and in my opinion, the best. Although many of his more devoted fans prefer the darker, more gravelly side of Waits on his later albums, many newcomers to Waits will love this.
Songs oozing with class. Great to sit down and chill out to. A must-have for any record collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Sebastian Palmer TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Like a lot of reviewers here I really dig this album. Tom is young and sweet sounding here, not yet the rasping fag and booze addled beat, nor yet the boho-carni-freak of more recent years.

I personally think his entire output from this recording to Swordfishtrombones is nigh on perfect, and, for someone like me, it's all essential soul-food listening. And each album is different, albeit there are threads that run through them all.

Waits' wife Kathleen Brennan apparently came up with the term 'grim reapers and grand weepers' to describe two of the many faces Waits has commonly chosen to show in later years, and, of the two, most of the material from the early albums leans towards the 'grand weepers' side of that pairing. And that's how I like it!

Produced by the maverick producer and musician Jerry Yester, who's more associated with the roots-folk and psychedelic tinged sounds of 60s hippie-dom, this is something of an oddball or unusual album within the Waits oeuvre. Given that, in many respects, he kept mining similar veins for some years to come, it's a little tricky to pin down exactly why that is. It's definitely something to do with the gentleness and soft innocence of his voice, especially in contrast to how that voice evolved, but it's also in the unique sonic chemistry that the album has, even though later recording will revisit similar genre-based sounds, ranging from jazz, blues and folk, to country, and tin pan alley songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing Debut
for me Tom has always written brilliant songs but has never been so consistently great as he was on this album....doesn't get any better than this!
Published 1 month ago by Richard Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This is my favorite TW album - reminds me of some great times in the USA in the early 80's. Easier to listen to than some of his later work.
Published 3 months ago by Its Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars lp
Excellent album and sounds much better on vinyl. Excellent quality and good service. big fan of this guy and there is no better way to listen.
Published 5 months ago by shoppaholic
5.0 out of 5 stars i love this cd
i really love this cd i happen to have 2 now so that good i will order more tom waits as im really getting into him now
Published 10 months ago by katrina mcgroarty
4.0 out of 5 stars Tom Waits
Excellent album. Has definitely not withered with time. All tracks are of a high standard. Check out his other albums also.
Published 11 months ago by patjhughes
5.0 out of 5 stars A great album
I listen to a lot of music. And I can say that this is a great album. Not much of a contribution from me regarding the contents etc., I have just grown to love this album. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Andrew M. Simmons
4.0 out of 5 stars One Of His Best
Personally I prefer the early melodic Tom Waits to the more aggressive modern stuff. And this is one of the best- great tune and playing.
Published 21 months ago by Jeff Farlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Closing Time Indeed
Tom Wait's debut sounds NOTHING like his new albums. For one, his voice sounds normal. No gruff and tough wailing or anything Tom Waits-y. Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2012 by Susannah
2.0 out of 5 stars in the beginning..
tom waits has a career that has progressed through many different stages. this is the first of the first, tom's debut effort. it has much on it now that is almost unrecognisable. Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2011 by Biffer Spice
1.0 out of 5 stars After 4 listens I also can't see the attraction!
As with another reviewer, this album was recommended for Tom Waits at his most accessible! Not to me it isn't (also in-line with the other reviewer) I can't see the attraction... Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2011 by Paul
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