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Orphans Box set

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  • Audio CD (5 Dec. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Anti Records/Ada
  • ASIN: B000L43AN4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Lie To Me
  2. LowDown
  3. 2:19
  4. Fish In The Jailhouse
  5. Bottom Of The World
  6. Lucinda
  7. Ain't Goin' Down To The Well
  8. Lord I've Been Changed
  9. Puttin' On The Dog
  10. Road To Peace
  11. All The Time
  12. The Return Of Jackie And Judy
  13. Walk Away
  14. Sea Of Love
  15. Buzz Fledderjohn
  16. Rains On Me

Disc: 2

  1. Bend Down The Branches
  2. You Can Never Hold Back Spring
  3. Long Way Home
  4. Widow's Grove
  5. Little Drop Of Poison
  6. Shiny Things
  7. World Keeps Turning
  8. Tell It To Me
  9. Never Let Go
  10. Fannin Street
  11. Little Man
  12. It's Over
  13. If I Have To Go
  14. Goodnight Irene
  15. The Fall Of Troy
  16. Take Care Of All My Children
  17. Down There By The Train
  18. Danny Says
  19. Jayne's Blue Wish
  20. Young At Heart

Disc: 3

  1. What Keeps Mankind Alive
  2. Children's Story
  3. Heigh Ho
  4. Army Ants
  5. Books Of Moses
  6. Bone Chain
  7. Two Sisters
  8. First Kiss
  9. Dog Door
  10. Redrum
  11. Nirvana
  12. Home I'll Never Be
  13. Poor Little Lamb
  14. Altar Boy
  15. The Pontiac
  16. Spidey's Wild Ride
  17. King Kong
  18. On The Road
  19. Bonus Track 1
  20. Bonus Track 2

Product description

Fantastic 3-CD set. Sometimes indigestive, sometimes humorous but always worthwile. Recorded with thre different line-ups. Tom Waits performing his songs as only Tom Waits ca. A milestone. Digipak - TOM WAITS voc/gtr/kbds, feat. CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE, LARRY TAYLOR, MARC RIBOT, CASEY WAITS, etc.

Medium 1
Lie To Me
Low Down
2:19
Fish In The Jailhouse
Bottom Of The World
Lucinda
Ain't Goin' Down To The Well
Lord I've Been Changed
Puttin' On The Dog
Road To Peace
All The Time
The Return Of Jackie And Judy
Walk Away
Sea Of Love
Buzz Fledderjohn
Rains On Me

Medium 2
Bend Down The Branches
You Can Never Hold Back Spring
Long Way Home
Widow's Grove
Little Drop Of Poison
Shiny Things
World Keeps Turning
Tell It To Me
Never Let Go
Fannin Street
Little Man
It's Over
If I Have To Go
Goodnight Irene
The Fall Of Troy
Take Care Of All My Children
Down There By The Train
Danny Says
Jayne's Blue Wish
Young At Heart

Medium 3
What Keeps Mankind Alive?
Children's Story
Heigh-Ho
Army Ants
Books Of Moses
Bone Chain
Two Sisters
First Kiss
Dog Door
Redrum
Nirvana
Home I'll Never Be
Poor Little Lamb
Altar Boy
The Pontiac
Spidey's Wild Ride
King Kong
On The Road
Dog Treat
Missing My Son

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I have been a fan of Tom Waits since 1973 when 'Closing Time' was released. I have just about everything he has released since then and I have had the privilege of twice seeing him perform live.

Like all great songwriters with extensive back catalogues, there has been the occasional blip but overall the quality has remained high and 'Orphans' has raised the bar even higher by being an absolute classic.

Brilliant songs and musings to make you laugh, cry and rock. And all beautifully presented in a quality package.

If you are not yet into Tom Waits then I recommend that you listen to this album and discover a genius.
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not sure how to review this, as i would give it 5 stars for the sheer breadth of material on here, and yet i'd give it 3 stars because i find, divvied up into the three types of songs, that listening to it in order is strangely dull. the beauty of a tom waits album is that it changes your mood constantly; you'll have the most tender ballad you've ever heard, where you're on the verge of tears, and all of a sudden you're stomping along to some bloodcurdling blues yelling, and then it's time for a marimba solo. you never get to coast, you never know what's coming next. here, you do, because all the ballads are on one cd, all the stompers are on another, and the whole thing is basically what's happened, you're looking through a massive catalogue of waits stuff, you're not listening to an album. i wish this had been ordered differently, or something. i don't know what i wish, but i've jumped the rating up from 3 to 4 stars, because there's such good stuff on here. i just don't know why i find it more difficult than most waits albums to wade through
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Defines another template a wold away from pop ideology churning out pre composed memories for 16-21 year olds. Flat packed ready to erect set of pre fabricated memories.

Tom is a grizzled veteran by popular standards, grown older like fine wine, vintage cars and blues musicians, s he has aged he has experimented, unafraid to range across the prairie of musical souls to appropriate all manner of sounds. This is his musical lexicon. The subtle genius of the artist as he filters a surreal vision of America through a particular template. Combining sharp incisive perception of the bizzare, mixed with a well of empathy he straddles genres as a proclaimed master of dissonance.

This sees him grafting European avant garde Brecht/Weill, folk tunes and instrumentation to American sensibilities and earthiness. He brings Vegas show tunes to the ear stripped of kitsch.

The album is stripped into three, each promises a glimpse of thigh to provide a different form of solace. The cracked baritone ranges across Americana capturing in rasped throated cadences soul poetry of the dispossessed. Few performers can evoke the Bukowski worlds of the outsider. Picking up country and skinning the twee sacharine rinsed peroxide and beating it into molten shapes to represent the wind swept flatlands of middle America whilst still evoking the dark nights of inner city. Tom also conjures the satyrs of lust and the angels of romance.

For those accustomed to harmonised sugar you will need to do a humpty dumpty to connect the bitter sweet tales of loss and love that fill the boots on these CD's. Love stories, sea shanties, rock and rollers, blues, polkas and street songs all composed without the modern aids of synthetics.
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If you only ever buy one Tom Waits album, this is the one to get. This covers everything from his ballady mewslings to his full on rock outporings via his expermintal weirdness. There is something for everyone here.

And therein lies the rub. With such a large mixture of styles there's bound to be something that doesn't appeal to a particular individual. For me, the middle album - Bawlers - is the weakest. On his albums the ballads get mixed up with the rest of the stuff in much smaller quantities so they act as a balance to the other work. When you collect them together all in one place like this they start to sound awful samey. For me they don't have the variety of the rock songs or the experimental stuff. That's a purely personal view and I'm sure there are people out there who will say this is the strongest disk.

Having said that, there are many highlights, even on the (to me) weak middle disk. "Road to Peace" will raise the hairs on the back of your neck; the tango beat of "Little Drop of Posion" is very infectious; "Children's Story" is sad, funny and sick all at the same time; "Nirvana" makes you want to go searching for the restaurant in the song.

This is Tom Waits condensed onto three bits of plastic, fag in mouth, glass of whiskey at hand. Pass the bottle...
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The scale of this album is pretty intimidating. I wasn't sure when I bought this whether someone even of the calibre of Tom Waits could pull off a triple album and make it consistently good throughout. Has he managed it? Yes...with flying colours. 'Orphans' is a masterpiece. I have just about everything the man has ever recorded and this stands alongside his best ('Rain Dogs, 'Swordfishtrombones', 'Closing Time' if you want my opinion).

Orphans is divided into three CDs, each of which could have been released on its own as a perfectly good album. What Tom Waits has done though is ensure that fans of ALL aspects of his music go home happy. This is important when you remember that there is and never has been anyone to match Waits' musical versatility (Neil Young comes about the closest). So CD1 is Waits in rock music mode, CD2 is Waits the balladeer and CD3 is everything else. Its pointless listing the songs that are good here, there are just too many to mention. Instead it's best to look at the the three faces of the album.

CD1 (Brawlers) starts off with Waits doing an old fashioned rock 'n' roll/rockabilly number, "Lie To Me" - I must admit this isn't exactly a musical style that I'm into big time but nevertheless it is rather good. The highlight of 'Brawlers' for me though is 'Road To Peace', a Tom Waits commentary on the lunacy of the Middle East. This is as close to politics that Tom Waits is ever likely to get.

CD2 (Bawlers) is, I must admit, my favourite part of the album. Tom Waits for me has always been at his best when singing ballads. These bear comparison with anything he has performed before.
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