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Glitter And Doom Live

Glitter And Doom Live

20 Nov 2009
4.1 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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Format: Audio CD
I saw the show in Dublin and it was the most spellbinding thing I have ever seen. His stage persona is massive that of an opera singer but his vocal range is far greater than most people think and this album demonstrates the fact. The backing band were excellent and it sounded like "electric sugar" at times. The first 8 tracks were made available free on line but the album contains many other gems and a bonus disc of Tom's tales (much of his between song banter during the tour). It does have some dark moments, however, I think there is more glitter than doom overall here. It contains some suprisingly uplifting moments with different and perhaps more coherent arrangements to some of the original songs and demonstrates how his older music still has relevance today when re-worked lovingly. Stand out vocal performances from Mr Waits throughout but never better than on Lucky Day.
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By B. Wright VINE VOICE on 24 Nov. 2009
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Glitter and Doom Live collects together songs from last year's tour of the same name. The track list was chosen by Tom Waits himself with the intention of making the disc sound like a complete show. This is where the problem lies for me - it never quite gels together. Each song individually is excellent; there is a mix of tracks from all of his Anti records as well as some tracks from Island, such as a revamped version of 'Singapore'. The band is in top form too, switching effortlessly between dirty blues on 'Lucinda' to strange polka and muted jazz. Despite this, it feels somewhat disjointed and set in one mood. There are notable omissions of songs that are regularly played live, such as 'Chocolate Jesus' or 'Jesus Gonna Be Here'. Yet the quality of the band and the songs doesn't make it feel like a live show. Even the best efforts of the mixer cannot cover up some of the jumps between track/venue (on at least two occasions there is a noticeable volume change) and the decision to remove Waits talking on the first disc leaves it feeling more like a compilation than a live show.

I found the inclusion of Tom's Tales a strange choice too. These shows were almost two hours long so it would have made more sense to include a second disc of live tracks. It is great to hear Tom talking, but it doesn't work as a stand-alone cd. Several jokes are repeated in slightly different form and I doubt I will listen to it again. The banter should have been left with the songs, as in the last two tracks on the first disc.

While we hear Waits in many of his guises - from circus ringmaster, balladeer and so on - these are only fleeting glimpses, and I feel that it is impossible to represent his live persona on a single disc, without any banter.
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I was lucky enough to be at the second night in Edinburgh on this tour: just fantastic, probably the best gig I've ever attended. So why only 4 stars?
Well, I think the 2 discs would have been better used to give more music, with the stories interspersed between songs. It would have been more like the "real thing" then.
Then there's the tracklisting. I know that when you have an artist with such a strong and varied catalogue there will always be favourites that don't make it onto the CD, but how did "Hoist that rag", one of the real high points of the evening, not make it!
And why not a DVD anyway? I can't help but feel there's been an opportunity lost here to leave a record of one of the finest live performers ever.
Having said all of that, what is there is very, very good.
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The music here is obviously great (or if you are not quite a Waits convert then at least unique!) but the album would have been more effective had it been a single show with all the variety contained in the full 2 1/2 hour show (like the one from Atlanta that's still on NPR music). It's really a shame that although we have 2 CDs here one of them is just 30 minutes worth of the bits in between the songs, which although amusing once will not bear repeated listening. Although he's a funny guy, people go to hear Tom Wait's songs not his stand-up routine. Anyway, if you haven't heard this stuff it's worth a go but it's a bit of a missed opportunity to me.
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"Glitter and Doom Live" is the third live album of Tom Waits' career, and his first since 1988's "Big Time". It gathers recordings from various performances on Tom Waits' 2008 summer tour, with a bonus disc compiling spoken word riffs and anecdotes that served as interludes during the shows. The album's title references an art exhibition, by various painters, which portrayed the decadence and destitution of German society in the aftermath of World War I - an exhibition which most likely appealed to Waits' trademark fascination with the broken and the grotesque.

As opening track "Lucinda" staggers to its feet, Waits' incomparable vocal tone shocks the listener into immediate attention - a sound fired and hardened in the kiln of Wait's basement bar belly, cracked and ground to coarse dust in the throat, and finally expelled in plumes of sonic smoke through the mouth. As he nears his 60th year, Waits continues to grow into his voice at an age when nature typically arrives to steal it away - hearing him sing today is a more compellingly visceral experience than ever.

In a live medium, Waits' extraordinary growl can and does occasionally obscure the handiwork of one of the 20th century's greatest lyricists - the studio versions of these songs, for the most part, are kinder to the exquisite detail of Waits' words. In exchange, Waits is not afraid to be too rough when he plays with his toys, and this loose approach reveals wonderful new colours in old material - listen to the mournful bell toll in "Dirt in the Ground", or the delightful homage to James Brown's "Soul Power" in "Such A Scream"'s funky guitar.
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