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Rare Tom Waits Soundtrack
on 12 August 2005
This album's pretty tough to get a hold of and if you are a diehard Tom Waits fan then it probably annoys you that this is the case. It was released on Island, home to Waits for many years, and the Jim Jarmusch film is very highly thought of, so why hasn't this been treated to a reissue? I'm not claiming it should be given the treatment that was bestowed on the 'One from the Heart' soundtrack, as it is one of the finest ever made, but surely making some more copies available would stop fans having to pay ridiculous money for an album that they want.
So, if you are a Waits fan who doesn't have this, what are you missing out on. Basically an instrumental films score with three numbers that include Waits singing. That'a really it. That's not to say it's not a good album, Waits has a very canny ear for a tune and some of the compositions here are fantastic, but in all honesty it is not an essential purchase, more a curio such as the 'Early Years' albums, an insight into what the man does, but certainly not a defining moment in his career.
So it's really one for the diehards and the completists. You shouldn't really pay over £20 for this. If you enjoy Waits music, and I mean that in the sense of the music that accompanies his lyrics and vocals, then there will be alot here to enjoy. It mainly sounds like his earlier bluesy efforts as opposed to the noisey 'Bone Machine' and avant-garde 'Black Rider', recorded about the same time, so one for fans of early Waits as well.