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as he's one of my all time favourites. In short, probably rain dogs or swordfishtrombones. The recent orphans triple disc is also one of his best.
long answer: here's something I said about him another time
excellent. Well that's off bone machine which is brilliant. mostly guitar based but produced all nice and interesting with a good mix of ballads and stompers. If you wana go way back to the crooner era when he wrote his best ballads, get Blue Valentines or Asylum years. Piano stuff with romantic lyrics and all.
Swordfishtrombones was really the first album where he introduced his trademark growl and it's obviously all brilliant and stuff. Lots of weird poetry and eerie production. Rain dogs is considered his best and it's quite bluesy but with growly vocals and romance and all that.
my favourite is The black rider which was written as a soundtrack for a play. it's amazing. it's sort of russian stompers with ballads and a weird sort of concept. it works best as an album I think.
alternatively you could get his latest 3 CD thing which kind of covers all the styles he's ever done (Brawlers, bawlers and bastards) and it has a daniel johnston cover on it.
in the mean time you should watch this music film. it's, you guessed it, amazing. it's everything that's great about him
sorry for the essay. if you ever need any more ideas feel free
Mule Variations is good too.
I'll let you know how i get on...
can i have your brain please?
But I have suspicions that that may be a bit obvious.
if you're after that era tom waits, just get asylum years. It's a brilliant round up of his early crooner stuff.
Though I'd really suggest nighthawks at the diner, its a live bop album with such amazing lyrics. "staring up at a kind of buttery cue ball moon, rollin' maverick across an obsidian sky".
is amazing. I think i would start with swordfishtrombones though
starting with ‘Swordfishtrombones’. Crazy good record but preeety daunting for a Waits virgin! I’d say ‘Mule Variations’ is a pretty good starting point as it has a nice mixture of styles. Or as someone said above, just got for the 3-disc ‘Oprhans’.
is a great, great album. That and Rain Dogs to start.
of saturday night.
swordfishtrombones, mule variations are good starting points. Or the triple collection from year before last has a bit of everything on it (as does Rain Dogs). steer clear of 'one from the heart' soundtrack - not great.
what, what ?
are you mental?
It's easily some of his best work
old boyfriends, broken bicycles, you can't unring a bell - all rubbish?
yep, that's right
Apart from a couple of songs i generally find it a bit shite.
you guys are killing me.
Small change is great.
Foreign Affairs and Blue Valentine less so.
I could go through naming all the ace songs on small change, but i won't.
apart from Tom Trauberts' blues and small change and bad liver... and jitterbug boy and step right up.
in fact everything apart from "i can't wait to get off work", which is a bit weak.
christmas card from a hooker in mineapolis!
ROMEO IS BLEEDING
but not so's you'd notice
blue valentine, the track, is a bit meh though
Yeah. And so is cake.
Closing Time & Heart of Saturday Night - they're both similar, very accessible, but great songs.
Then the Asylum compilation as someone said.
Then move on to Swordfish..and Rain Dogs.
Then get the Beautiful Maladies compilation.
Then get Mule Variations.
Then get the Orphans... compilation.
Then start filling in the gaps in your collection.
Get to it.
... get them all.
You will eventually.
Real Gone on here? I honestly think its one of his best. Probably not the best place to start, though. the Asylum Years is the best introduction.
does seem to be treading water on previous efforts to a large extent, which is certainly not something you could accuse him of normally.
I'm sure more will follow...
but I'm not an expert in Waits. Alice is good as well.
i thought the same whilst watching hellboy 2 on saturday! add's a whole new level of excitement to the film...