- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 843,556 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Orphans Box set
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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.
Lie To Me
Fish In The Jailhouse
Bottom Of The World
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
Sea Of Love
Rains On Me
Bend Down The Branches
You Can Never Hold Back Spring
Long Way Home
Little Drop Of Poison
World Keeps Turning
Tell It To Me
Never Let Go
If I Have To Go
The Fall Of Troy
Take Care Of All My Children
Down There By The Train
Jayne's Blue Wish
Young At Heart
What Keeps Mankind Alive?
Books Of Moses
Home I'll Never Be
Poor Little Lamb
Spidey's Wild Ride
On The Road
Missing My Son
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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...
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interestingly, a friend leant this to me a long while ago and I ripped it all to my computer. The laptop broke and I lost all my music, but I didn't really get around to listening... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alistair Rhys Nicholls
Tom Waits can do no wrong. All of the songs are excellent. Someone compared it to bob
Incredible...will delight all tom fans such a range of styles.i am a big tom fan and rate this up there with his best work.if you like good music....dont think twice...buy it!!!Published 16 months ago by Richard Holtham
Tom Waits' poetic and romantic storytelling of 'Small Change' Foreign Affairs and the sublime ' Blue Valentine' are totally brilliant ......... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mr.Jif [AC] Smart
I thought I'd get into it but it's one of Tom's 'Marmite' albums. I don't mean that you either love it or hate it. I mean that I love one of the discs and hate the other two. Read morePublished 22 months ago by E. Kelly