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Any suggestions in terms of albums?
The most well-rounded mix of all his styles, and contains some of his best songs.
From there, Swordfishtrombones, Real Gone and Frank's Wild Years are good places to go next...
then Small Change
Then pretty much anything - there's not really a dud.
And feel its the best of his smoky bar room jazz crooner type albums.
Blue Valentine is alsi amazing as is Rain Dogs, Alice and Mule Variations.
As ehwhat says there are no duds.
then go for Mule Variations or Heartattack & Vine.
then Rain dogs. small change, nighthawks at the diner....
mainly coz 'goin out west' will make you feel like a badass, and it has 'i dont wanna grow up' on there too
I know karate, vooddoo too.....
Rain Dogs is excellent, and I love Mule Variations
...I find nighthawks at the diner a pretty good start when showing people Waits. Great songs, hilarious rambling banter.
However, Mule Variations is the best for getting an overall taste for what he's about, from grinding almost singles (Big in Japan) to fucking weirdouts (What's He Building In There?). It's got it all.