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One from the Heart Night on Earth. The Black Rider Woyzeck. Categories : Tom Waits albums albums Island Records albums. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Community portal Recent changes Upload file, Tom Waits - Rain Dogs (Cassette. Download as PDF Printable version. Experimental rock. Swordfishtrombones The first time I head the album I thought it was over at Bride of Rain Dog, then Anywhere I Lay My Head came blasting through the speakers with that lions growl voice, quite am album closer!
Sneaky Pete likes this. Location: Oslo, Norway. Gotta love Tom Waits including the early work but with "Swordfishtrombones" and "Rain Dogs" things were getting really creative. The madder he is the better it sounds. Location: UK. Andy TainMar 28, Location: Skien, Telemark, Norway. Looking forward to check out this one based on the descriptions and after the really good Swordfishtrombones.
LarsOMar 28, Location: Kent ,England. PteroDonMar 28, Not listening to this in a peaceful environment headphones with kids running around but I know I have to revisit this one. Am I right in hearing that it got the playfulness and alternative instrumentation of Swordfishtrombones but more of the musical style of the Tom Waits - Rain Dogs (Cassette material?
LarsOMar 29, Rain Dogs is easily one of Waits' Top 3 albums, and one of the best records of the Eighties. It also provided him with a huge source of income in a roundabout way, when Rod Stewart later had a worldwide hit with "Downtown Train. RichCMar 29, Stone Turntable likes this. Location: Long Beach, CA. Alfie NoakesMar 29, PteroDonMar 29, Alfie Noakes likes this. Location: Richmond, VA. Swordfishtrombones was a huge and positive shock to my system when it appeared, and it revealed something much deeper, more ambitious, and original at work in Waits.
Really a revelation. But this record indicated something else, something far more visionary and ambitious: a whole pawn-shop, junkyard sonic universe and a new level of poetic intensity to match it and range over through an enormous spectrum of emotions and a wide and strange referential territory.
Weird anachronisms and juxtapositions of time and place and register, but something in the yarn holds the whole thing together, a troubled braid, a ladder made from a pawn-shop marimba leaning on a dandelion tree.
And then came Raindogsand I'm afraid that this album so fully and so perfectly and in such an unexpected way realized what now suddenly looked like a rough sketch that I have nothing to say beyond my sense that it's a masterpiece and one of the great achievements of late 20th Century music. I really think it transcends comment on every level. The only thing remotely like a flaw is the way some of the tunes seem to be faded out early to make it possible to fit so much onto a single LP, and I've always wanted to hear these tunes go on a little longer.
Even Jesus wanted just a little more time When he was walking spanish down the hall. Raindogs was my first encounter with the wonderful sound world of Mr Waitsthe album literally blew my mind when it first came outits such a great album.
I remember seeing some neat little micro vids on the Tube of Tom doing a nifty sort of dance with his hat. After immersing myself in that gemI sought out my 2nd Tom LP. Swordfishtrombonescrikey another off the scalefaberoonie album. These 2 LP's are simply amazing. Andy TainMar 30, Location: Grand Terrace, CA.
I'm still hoping that the Island years albums get the vinyl reissue treatment and that Rain Dogs gets released on double vinyl. Also hoping for a upgraded release of the Big Time movie.
It was on Netflix streaming back in but since has vanished. Location: New London. MRTMar 31, Location: Melbourne, Australia. LarsOMar 31, Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Rain Dogs would be a top 5 all time albums for me. It actually sounds like a junkyard, with pieces and parts strewn all over the place.
I think he really hit a sweet spot with this one, one foot in the new weird and one in the old crooner. While I love what came before and what came after, Rain Dogs is the pivot point at which he tumbles over the edge. While he really pushes things from the bar to the circus, he does so still using fairly traditional instruments and song writing as opposed to, say, Bone Machine. I'd also add that the sequencing of tracks is perfect. That run of tracks to me is like one great song. It was Waits' second attempt at establishing a new domicile in the Big Apple and this one would stick for significantly longer than his initial foray did.
Again, Waits' friends and associates in Los Angeles thought it a strange decision, but this time the young family would have a support network in the form of Brennan's parents in nearby New Jersey. Waits' purpose for the move was two-fold: it was a search for new sources of inspiration as well as an effort to gain more visibility in the theatrical world, of which Waits had long been enamored Waits had also been nursing an acting career and had been given small parts in a number of films, although the move to NYC was likely to put a damper in future such opportunities.
Waits et al moved into a small loft in the Little Spain neighborhood near Union Square in lower Manhattan. It was a funky neighborhood in the post-decay and pre-gentrification period of Manhattan's urban history, but the constant noise and bustle soon proved an irritant to the calm and quiet-seeking Waits. Still, Waits was taking the opportunity to acquaint himself with a variety of musicians and actors, including John Lurie, Hal Willner, nascent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, and even Andy Warhol.
Waits and Lurie would come to share a small space in the artists' cooperative, The Westbeth in Greenwich Village, where Waits could work on new songs free from the constraints imposed by sharing his loft space with a baby.
Hal Willner kindled Waits' fascination with the music of Kurt Weill, the early 20th Century German composer for whom Willner was putting together a tribute album.
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