Remastered and Available as a Standalone Release for the First Time!
For the first time, Tom Waits is issuing standalone editions of his 2006 classic 56 song release Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers And Bastards. Each of the three albums, Brawlers, Bawlers, and Bastards, will be remastered and pressed on 180g double vinyl. A spectacular musical journey, which visits most every genre of American song tradition, the diverse collection captured the full scope of Waits' shamanic powers as a vocalist, literary lyricist, romantic melodist, innovative arranger and pioneer of sonic worlds. The Grammy-nominated set, which took over three years to compile and record, is grouped by genre with songs guaranteed to move and shake the heart, the body, the mind and most unquestionably the soul.
It goes far beyond a simple career retrospective, dipping back as far as 1984 with the bulk of it's songs hailing from the mid-90s onward. Over 2/3 of the material had never been heard when originally released in 2006 including 30 newly recorded songs. Orphans also featured a number of songs finding a home on a Waits' album for the first time. They included Waits' unique interpretations of songs by such diverse talents as The Ramones, Daniel Johnston, Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht and Leadbelly. These outtakes, rarities and the previously unreleased material were separately grouped into themes and named, Brawlers, Bawlers, and Bastards.
Bawlers - lonesome ballads about the sadness at the end of the road are framed by tender songs of innocence and green hope. The plaintive hill country laments of, "Tell It To Me" and the cautionary tale, "Fannin Street" blend poignantly with saloon songs of betrayal and despair, "The World Keeps Turning," Celtic waltzes and bitter cabaret torch songs like," It's Over" and "Little Drop Of Poison," all of which explore what the heart gives and what it takes away.