Tom Waits Closing Time on 180g LP from Warner Bros.
Inimitable Singer-Songwriter-Pianist's Incredible Debut
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The cover of Tom Waits' 1973 debut seems to say it all: Perched next to a piano, his head resting on his left arm, and a look of tired regret on his face, the singer-songwriter sets the tone for an album steeped in late-night soliloquy, liquor-addled reflections, and barroom stories. If ever a prototype saloon pianist who has seen and done it all came to life, it's Waits. And Closing Time marks the beginning of one of the most interesting, rewarding careers in music history.
Throughout the album, Waits is both melancholic and amusing, revealing flashes of the carefree wit and sinister humor that, along with his deep, gruff baritone, became trademarks of his inimitable style. True to its title, Closing Time is meant for post-midnight listening sessions and goes great with your favorite cocktail. Along the way, Waits impresses with garrulous tales of mischief, losers, malcontents, loneliness, love, and loss. His transmissions from Los Angeles' underbelly resonate with the same power of those of Charles Bukowski, whose Beat-inspired prose Waits heavily borrows and spins into a musical language of his own. Rustic folk, lounge jazz, and minor-key pop arrangements function as the cherries that flavor Waits' bourbon-shot lyrics.
An artist whose popularity spans generations and is equally prized by both older and younger audiences, Waits' records remain in constant demand, particularly on vinyl, where they fetch top dollar on the used market. Despite several import LP versions, no edition of Closing Time has ever claimed enhanced sound.
Tom Waits Closing Time Track Listing:
1. Ol' '55
2. I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You
3. Virginia Avenue
4. Old Shoes (And Picture Postcards)
5. Midnight Lullaby
9. Ice Cream Man
10. Little Trip To Heaven (On The Wings Of Your Love)
11. Grapefruit Moon
12. Closing Time