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Mule Variations

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Product details

  • Audio CD (27 April 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Anti
  • ASIN: B00000IGGA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,362 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Big In Japan 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Lowside Of The Road 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Hold On 5:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Get Behind The Mule 6:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. House Where Nobody Lives 4:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Cold Water 5:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Pony 4:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. What's He Building In There 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Black Market Baby 5:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Eyeball Kid 4:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Picture In A Frame 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Chocolate Jesus 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Georgia Lee 4:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Filipino Box Spring Hog 3:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Take It With Me 4:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Come On Up To The House 4:36£0.99  Buy MP3 

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
35 years at the top of his game.

Between 1973's 'Closing Time' and the triple-whammy of 'Orphans' in 2006
Mr Waits has been resonsible for a whole lot of damned fine music
winging its' way out into this cracked and weary world of ours.

Every Waits fan will have their own favorite album.
Today mine is 'Mule Variations' (this time next year maybe it'll
be 'Small Change' again, or maybe 'Alice', or maybe....).

Released in 1999 on the Anti label this collection of sixteen
pieces seems to me to bring together everything that makes this
great maverick truly unique.
Parched, blistering rock and roll; drunken bar-room blues;
gentle heart-wringing ballads; deeply unsettling monologues.

....and stories! Always with the stories !

Painting small worlds alive with words and music has always
been his greatest gift.
Circus sideshow eccentrics; marginal paranoid loners and drifters and losers and lovers
line up to share their hopes and fears and longings.

....and stomping ! Always with the stomping !

All manner of things get thumped and slapped and crunched
( even drums sometimes ) to create the kind of rhythmic
mayhem and density of raw emotional sound which only this master
could muster. Guitarist Marc Ribot's solo on 'Cold Water' must
have stripped the paint off the ceiling.

....and suddenly it all falls away and there in the corner is
a man with a crooked hat and a broken down piano singing
a bruised and tender love song ( 'Take It With Me' ) of such hushed
intimacy that one can barely breathe until it's over.

This man and his many worlds are indivisible and precious.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 April 2000
Format: Audio CD
I have given up seeing Tom appear on stage in these parts but this will do for now. As ever, it has everything that one could expect - from the growling jazz to the type of song ("Hold On") which Bruce would have gobbled up in his heyday. Speaking of which, I doubt if Tom has had aheyday and, for me, that's a good thing. In his recent "2 Lectures" cd, Nick Cave called on Tom Waits when discussing the secret life of the love song and this is only right. Tom Waits is one of the great chroniclers of love - a particularly American kind of love at once urban and small town. There is something of the James Ellroy about Tom Waits - loose but still there. Finally, a word for the delicate and most wonderful, "Georgia Lee". This is Tom Waits at his most beautiful. A living genius when most geniuses are long gone.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Oct. 2000
Format: Mini-Disc
' Mule Variations' is one those very rare, special albums that everybody should own. From the intro to Big in Japan the album takes you through a roller coaster of emotions and music all in unmistakeable, rough , gravelly Tom Waits style . Stand out cuts are difficult to pick as every song is superbly crafted and written 'Hold On' winner of a Grammy for best Rock vocal is a song that Springsteen would have wanted to write and features some of the best lyrics Tom Waits has written 'Chocolate Jesus' ' Take It With Me ' etc etc . Each song is a classic . The album isn't always immediate and every time it is played you always hear something different ....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 100 REVIEWER on 10 Sept. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Tom Waits...hectoring circus ringmaster winking at the bearded lady; raucous denizen of sleazy hotel rooms; barfly with no flies on him; sloppy romantic bent on one scuffed knee before a lady in lurid scarlet and old furs; scrap metal dealer; owner of a drunken piano; jazz hound; torch-carrier for a vocal style hauled through hot coals and handed down by Howlin` Wolf & Cap`n Beefheart; slouchy grouchy wit & doctor of drollery; timber-shiverer, rain dog, whiphand; bad boy made good; family man - but then so was Gomez Addams...
He has the best-packaged CDs of anybody. This one, like all his recent releases, is housed in a digipak, with a booklet that has printed lyrics - worth reading alone -and b&w photos of our man as a legless scarecrow (no research needed) a doubled-over besuited & behatted leaf botherer, as well as, on the back cover, a man in a long black coat, goatee to the wind, fancy umbrella up, and on the front cover a sepia Tom in a barren field, hat lowered & looking at us as if to say "Come on in, if you got the nerve."
The music? It`s just great.
Swordfishtrombones, Rain Dogs, Frank`s Wild Years and Bone Machine had served notice that we weren`t likely to get any more nice conventional songs from this particular man no mo`. Big In Japan, the opener of this magnificent 70-minute diversion, is clattering proof of that. There`s a lot of very varied music to be had on this album, including a glorious ballad - old Tom always gave good ballad - called Picture In A Frame, and two tremendous songs to finish, the indulgently mournful Take It With Me and the gruffly hortatory Come On Up To The House. Don`t mind if I do, Tom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 July 2011
Format: Vinyl
Hits the G Spot- that time which wavers between 2am-4am where the night segues into the early day where life as performed in light hours is safely tucked in bed and the denizens of the night are carousing the small hours in various states of disarray. Pathos, lust, carnality, surrealism creak from under the floorboards.

This sups on a long glass boot of ale dribbling down its chin as it sings songs of penury, loss, heartache and despair with its pockets empty and its heart brimming with pathos. Caught with a glint in its eye as nother pritty liddle thing enters last chance saloon with a stiletto behind her back. These are delta blues tunes reworked intp Cenral European angst where the world shimmers and shimmies to a mushroom polka. Like Nick Cave, Tom has reworked the blues into something its original creators could be proud in having such a distinguished lineage as the imagination has been stretched rather than the bar beat formula of 4/4.

This contains enough songs of pounding rhythm and sad longing regret delivered within the Tom Waits legacy of the cracked gargle of a Marlboro rasp.
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