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  • Audio CD (8 Dec. 1986)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Asylum/WEA
  • ASIN: B0000075XE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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By A Customer on 24 April 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is the heart of Tom Waits. A great place to start. It contains many great tracks and two classics: "Kentucky Avenue" (a sketch of a Huck Finn childhood) and "Ruby's Arms" (a heartbreaking song about heartbreaking things). No man deserves the glorious indifference of the world more than Tom Waits. Why wait?
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By A Customer on 10 Mar. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Although this lacks the varied style of Swordfishtrombones, as an album it is a satisfying experience.
The fact that it is a compilation may put you off but don't let it. The sheer nature of the period from which these songs were taken means that it has a good album flow and at no point does it seem like a compilation. Waits croaks and gargles his way through some fine tracks in the way that only he can, with some excellent instrumental work to accompany him.
There are a few stand out tracks - Tom Trauberts Blues and Grapefruit Moon being good examples, but theres nothing that feels like filler material. Lets face it, with the rate that Tom Waits produces albums, buying compilations is probably a good idea from a purely fiscal sense, and with this album you wont get the feeling that your missing out on more (although I would recommend Heart Of Saturday Night). Overall a fantastic collection from a gret period for the man.
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This album is a 'must have' for Tom Waits fans! A good variety of songs in different styles - although some would say that Tom's voice has limited style! Tom Traubert's Blues is a classic - Rod Stewart's version is good, but can't improve on the orignal.
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Ohh yes....... Waited a long time to hear the magnificent gravelly growl and passion gripped rumble of The Man who makes Leonard Cohen sound like a limp-wristed choir boy!! I've got most of these on vinyl but my expensive amp has got the sad on with me and I'm working out what to replace it with. Meantime I was getting withdrawal symptoms from proper Mister's ( Tyke terminology) music especially The legendary TW. This has made me a very happy guy!
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OK yes if I had paid more attention to the track listing I would have realised what I was in for. I just saw the 'original recording' description and assumed that it was actually the Asylum Years album that I have on vinyl and was looking to replace on CD finally.... Err no... The original was a double album, so half the tracks are missing for a start, plus a couple of new ones have appeared out of thin air.. Sigh, I assume this means that the double album does not exist anywhere on cd, I shall just have to replace my record player instead! Most disappointed.
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I am always impressed by Tom Waits' descriptive ability - the way he paints vignettes of people and places and moods. His early work on the Asylum label is generally more accessible than later stuff like Bone Machine and here the listener finds Waits in a gentle frame of mind on a tasty selection of mainly soft ballads and jazzy numbers like Blue Valentines and the duet I Never Talk To Strangers. I prefer his country style ballads so Tom Traubert's Blues (Waltzing Matilda) and Ruby's Arms are my favourites. This is a good introduction to his bluesy musical vision contained in that gravely voice and his evocative story songs, but I think it would have been better if masterpieces like The Piano's Been Drinking (Not Me), I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You, Old 55 and Saving All My Love For You had been included. I also recommend his albums Heartattack And Vine, Swordfishtrombones and Mule Variations.
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
I am always impressed by Tom Waits’ descriptive ability – the way he paints vignettes of people and places and moods. His early work on the Asylum label is generally more accessible than later stuff like Bone Machine and here the listener finds Waits in a gentle frame of mind on a tasty selection of mainly soft ballads and jazzy numbers like Blue Valentines and the duet I Never Talk To Strangers. I prefer his country style ballads so Tom Traubert’s Blues (Waltzing Matilda) and Ruby’s Arms are my favourites. This is a good introduction to his bluesy musical vision contained in that gravely voice and his evocative story songs, but I think it would have been better if masterpieces like The Piano’s Been Drinking (Not Me), I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You, Old 55 and Saving All My Love For You had been included. I also recommend his albums Heartattack And Vine and Swordfishtrombones.
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I'm not a huge fan of 'Best of' compilations but for someone as diverse & at times inaccessible as Tom Waits this is a perfect starting point, there is some of his quirky stuff for you to grow into then there are songs like Grapefruit Moon, Ruby's Arms & Martha which are just gorgeous from the outset.
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