Used Songs 1973-1980
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His Asylum albums were - if you like - his romantic troubadour period, a drunken Street bum with the heart of a poet and the itchy feet of Bukowski. He looked and sang the part too - greasy hair, freshly lit cigarette hanging out of his gob, wrecked clothes, a chronicler of the downtrodden and lost. But this was an artist whose songs were written with charm and real feeling for those on the outskirts - often touching and beautiful to a point where he could make you laugh with one song and cry with the next. But by "Heartattack & Vine", he had taken this persona it as far as it could go - hence the complete about face with his Island debut.Read more ›
If I'd compiled it, I might've made some different choices, but it does do a decent job of representing the range and diversity of pre-Swordfishtrombones Waits; from his first, and rather softer and sweeter album - Closing Time is represented here by the single track, 'Ol' 55' - through to the more gritsy and gravelly, ditry electric blues of Heartattack And Vine, there are tracks from each studio album, ranging from the mellow (the title track of Blue Valentine, or Burma Shave from Foreign Affairs), to the more upbeat, like 'Step Right Up' from Small Change. By closing off the period covered in 1980 they miss the rather anachronistic One From The Heart OST, which is a shame I think, and had they gone for the straight decade then Swordfishtrombones would've been within the scope of the compilation, but perhaps there were licensing issues with those albums.
So, not only is the material all top notch, this compilation also does a good job in terms of being representative. Why only four stars?Read more ›
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love tom but prefer his earlier stuff .couldnt get into the black rider at all.this is a really great selection of his earlier stuff.bought this mainly for playing in the car .Published 5 months ago by Mr Michael Tolley
Good quality CD, delivery as expected, pleased with my purchase.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
just as he always has. A simple collection, compared with his later work - but it is, in the Elizabethan sense of the word - truly 'lyrical'.Published on 5 Feb. 2014 by Pablo