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  • Audio CD (2 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Manifesto
  • ASIN: B000002NVJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Hope I Don't Fall in Love with You 5:01Album Only
Listen  2. Ol '55 4:07Album Only
Listen  3. Mockin' Bird 3:27Album Only
Listen  4. In Between Love 3:01Album Only
Listen  5. Blue Skies 2:13Album Only
Listen  6. Nobody 2:47Album Only
Listen  7. I Want You 1:22Album Only
Listen  8. Shiver Me Timbers 3:48Album Only
Listen  9. Grapefruit Moon 4:36Album Only
Listen10. Diamonds on My Windshield 3:10Album Only
Listen11. Please Call Me, Baby 3:43Album Only
Listen12. So It Goes 2:31Album Only
Listen13. Old Shoes 4:25Album Only

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Palmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD
The proportion of material on this second 'Early Years' volume that did eventually get released on subsequent albums is higher than on The Early Years, Vol. 1, with 'Ol' 55', 'I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You', 'Grapefruit Moon', and 'Old Shoes' on Closing Time, 'Shiver Me Timbers', 'Diamonds On My Windshield' and 'Please Call Me baby' on The Heart Of Saturday Night, and 'Nobody' appearing on Nighthawks At The Diner.

So only five of the thirteen tracks presented here can't be had elsewhere, the exact opposite of the ratio on the previous volume. One might therefore conclude that the people putting these two albums together were cynically spreading material across two albums that could've made just one. Well, that may even be true, but I couldn't care less: Tom Waits is a real bona fide singularity, a genuine artist going his own way, and I love him. Having the different (presumably demo?) versions of the album tracks is just peachy as far as I'm concerned.

Like volume one, the country feel is strong on much of this material, showing that initially Waits had a more pronounced cowboy twang. He hits a few off notes, vocally, on this compilation, more noticeably than on volume one, but the quality of material is more consistent, and overall, higher. As with volume one, this isn't the very tip-top of Tom at his peak. But, dang it, he's so be-damned good, that it's still five-star fare. Love Waits? Buy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Quills on 4 Sept. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Everyone has a handful of albums they return to time and time again; the faithful old companions who always stand ready for you when your obsession with the latest new band has faded away. For me, the chief amongst those is Tom Waits' `The Early Years, Vol 2'.

Eight out of the thirteen tracks on this album can be found elsewhere in his discography, but for me this album proves true the old adage that the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. There's just something about the whiskey-soaked blues vibe of the album that cuts straight to the soul. Waits possesses an enviable ability to convey the full range of emotion through each gravelly note he hits, and in my opinion he's the finest songwriter America has seen these past thirty years.

'The Early Years, Vol 2' definitely veers more towards the country side of Waits' range, coming as the title suggests from the earlier part of his career. Melancholic and at times slightly morbid, it's a wonderful introduction to the uninitiated. To me, there are four songs that particularly stand out - without detracting from the remainder, for each and every song on this album is a triumph in its own right. The opening track, though, surely has to be a contender for one of the greatest laments of unrequited love ever written. `Hope I Don't Fall In Love With You' is perfect, in every way.

'Mockin'Bird' is another song I find myself coming back to time and time again, laden with grief with that wry spark Waits is the master of running through every cadence. `Shiver Me Timbers' is a glorious old sea dog tune with some truly poignant lyrics, and `So It Goes', though simple, speaks to the heart of anyone who's ever lost someone they love.

Though technically this album might not be quite perfect, to me it's the epitome of everything Waits was about at this stage in his career, and it's one I can't see myself ever tiring of.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Oct. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is without doubt the finest introduction to Tom Waits. Absorbing lyrical content and a youthful Waits voice. It's not easy listening, his voice shows the beginnings of its slide into razor-blades and incoherence, but it is thoroughly amazing. 'Hope I don't fall in love with you' is THE greatest unrequited love song ever written. 'Shiver Me Timbers' is a remarkable sea shanty, and 'Diamonds on My Windshield' is just a gorgeous 'road song'. It's melancholy, slightly morbid, thoroughly miserable and totally wonderful.
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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
The early years Vol. 2 displays an artist at the pinnacle of his creativity.
All songs, arranged soberly (and better than their regular album outtakes), poses a timeless quality which makes them a pleasure to listen too, time after time.

Half of the songs (Hope I Don't Fall in Love With You, In Between Love, Nobody, I Want You, Shiver Me Timbers, Grapefruit Moon, Old Shoes) are truly classic in my ears and belong to the best this man has produced.

I like this album so much I ordered the CD version at the same time so no listening opportunity would go wasted.
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