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Mule Variations

Tom Waits Audio CD
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  • 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 (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,596 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Big In Japan 4:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Lowside Of The Road 2:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Hold On 5:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Get Behind The Mule 6:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. House Where Nobody Lives 4:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Cold Water 5:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Pony 4:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. What's He Building In There 3:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Black Market Baby 5:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Eyeball Kid 4:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Picture In A Frame 3:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Chocolate Jesus 3:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Georgia Lee 4:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Filipino Box Spring Hog 3:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Take It With Me 4:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Come On Up To The House 4:360.99  Buy MP3 

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A man could wait a long time 24 April 2000
By A Customer
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have album 4 Oct 2000
By A Customer
' 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Waits' Best Work 14 Nov 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I've got most of Tom Waits' albums from Closing Time to Mule Variations and I have to say this is probably his best yet. Every one of his albums has its classics but MV outdoes itself. Its worth the price just for 'Picture in a Frame' which is one the simplest and most impressive songs he's done. MV is also an incredibly varied album and shows off how well Tom can switch between radically different styles and make them all fit together. If you're new to Tom Waits, this is definitely the place to start.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Bluesy 11 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album form the start. I think this is a bit of a new style for Tom but he really gets into it. There are raw delta blues offerings("Cold water", "low Side of the road") beautiful hyme style ballads("C'mon up to the house", "Georgia Lee") a cinematic narration("What's he building")and "Box-spring hog" sounds like a Captain Beefheart. Don't expect "Swordfish" or "Raindogs" and I think you'll be impressed! I really like this style and hope Tom creates another in this mode.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest living American? 15 Dec 1999
Format:Audio CD
Critics of the U.S.A. overlook one significant fact about the place, viz., no other country in the world could have given us Tom Waits, which is sufficient reason to forgive a mountain of sins in my book! If Waits was ever going to make a bad record, he would surely have done so by now! This is business as usual in terms of the range of material (from sentimental ballads such as "Picture in a Frame" to stuff that makes your ears bleed like "Filipino Box Spring Hog") but he has never done it better, and it is decidedly more focused than his last three albums. As usual, his fondness for odd instrumentation is strongly evident, the home made, Harry Partch style percussion enhanced this time by computer programing and even a DJ(!). Marc Ribot's guitar playing would be sufficient reason in itself for buying this record, and Charlie Musselwhite's harmonica work is also notable. Waits also stretches his voice even further than usual on some tracks, particularly on the percussion driven "Eyeball Kid", where he is occasionally reminiscent of Pere Ubu's David Thomas. Again, there is a song that Bruce Springsteen would have liked to have written ("Hold On"), and plenty of dark humour, especially the spoken track "What's he Building?". Waits just goes from strength to strength. If the Americans really new what they were about, this man would be the front runner candidate for the upcoming presidentual elections!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alltime Classic album
This album has everything I like about Tom Waits - brilliant tunes, soulful songs, humour in abundance and for my money is his best, most consistent album.
Published 6 months ago by Geoffrey P. Hards
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Purchase
I am really enjoying this book so far, the transcriptions of Picture in a Frame, Pony, Take it With Me and Come on Up are fantastic, and the rest are good for an attempt to arrange... Read more
Published 8 months ago by B. Stacey
5.0 out of 5 stars Missed masterpiece
If it hadn't been for the use of one of the tunes in an episode of "Walking Dead", I wouldn't have searched out this album. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars What`s he building in there?
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... Read more
Published 22 months ago by GlynLuke
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Magical
This is the album that got Tom Waits a regular slot in my cd player.
It contains Chocolate Jesus. I really don't need to say anymore, that sums it up. Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2011 by Mr. Tm Davies
2.0 out of 5 stars waits going through the motions
well nobody's going to agree with this review, but i'll post it anyway. this isn't a patch on the waits of 15 years earlier. Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2011 by Biffer Spice
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Charlie
Picture in a Frame is simply one of the most beautiful songs ever put down. Damn, this is good stuff. Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2011 by Doublecross
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs to Beat the Blues
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... Read more
Published on 8 July 2011 by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Tom Waits by far
This album has been reviewed from all angles and I can only agree with all the five stars given to Mule Variations. Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2010 by Gerrida
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, just wonderful
On balance I think his best ever. A bit of soulful beauty and a bit of Tom's madness.

"Come down from your cross, we could use the wood."
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