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Tom Waits

Tom Waits' career began in the early 70's, with his first release "Closin' Time", which he wrote most of its material while still serving in the AirForce.

"During the 70's, Waits combined a lyrical focus on desperate, lowlife characters with a persona that seemed to embody the same lifestyle,which he sang about in a raspy, gravelly voice" - All Musi.

As Tom's career progressed into the 80's, he took a more experimental approach to his music, evidently shown in highlight albums such as"Swordfishtrombones" and "Rain Dogs". From there, Waits continued much the sa ...read more

Tom Waits' career began in the early 70's, with his first release "Closin' Time", which he wrote most of its material while still serving in the AirForce.

"During the 70's, Waits combined a lyrical focus on desperate, lowlife characters with a persona that seemed to embody the same lifestyle,which he sang about in a raspy, gravelly voice" - All Musi.

As Tom's career progressed into the 80's, he took a more experimental approach to his music, evidently shown in highlight albums such as"Swordfishtrombones" and "Rain Dogs". From there, Waits continued much the same into the 90's, though his music became even moreunclassified and experimental. The 1992 album "Bone Machine" is a morbid, sinister nightmare, which has Waits experiment with verydark/depressive music and lyrics.

Waits took a 6 year rest from his 1993 album "The Black Rider", before he finally released the late 1999 album "Mule Variations", which was ahuge return for him. The album was a hell of a record from start to finish. So far in the new millenium, Tom Waits has released 4 albums, in addition to athree disc compilation album entitled "Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards". His most recent LP, Bad As Me, was released in 2011. « hide

Similar Bands: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Morphine, Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band, Lou Reed, Leonard Cohen

LPs
Bad As Me
2011

3.8
353 Votes
Orphans
2006

4.2
335 Votes
Real Gone
2004

3.8
246 Votes
Blood Money
2002

3.8
278 Votes
Alice
2002

4
324 Votes
Mule Variations
1999

4.2
475 Votes
The Black Rider
1993

3.3
109 Votes
Bone Machine
1992

4.3
549 Votes
Franks Wild Years
1987

4
269 Votes
Rain Dogs
1985

4.5
1,104 Votes
Swordfishtrombones
1983

4.3
574 Votes
Heartattack and Vine
1980

3.8
198 Votes
Blue Valentine
1978

3.8
245 Votes
Foreign Affairs
1977

3.2
119 Votes
Small Change
1976

4.1
309 Votes
The Heart of Saturday Night
1974

3.9
286 Votes
Closing Time
1973

3.9
394 Votes
Live Albums
Glitter and Doom Live
2009

4
55 Votes
Live From Austin (Romeo Bleeding)
2009

4
4 Votes
Big Time
1988

3.7
47 Votes
Nighthawks At The Diner
1975

3.8
162 Votes
Dime Store Novels
1974

3.3
3 Votes
Compilations
Used Songs (1973-1980)
2001

4.5
12 Votes
Beautiful Maladies: The Island Years
1998

4.5
10 Votes
The Early Years, Vol. 2
1993

4
14 Votes
Night on Earth
1992

2.8
16 Votes
The Early Years, Vol. I
1991

3.6
23 Votes
Asylum Years
1986

4.1
10 Votes
Anthology of Tom Waits
1984

3.7
3 Votes
One From The Heart
1982

3.3
32 Votes
Bounced Checks
1981

3.6
4 Votes

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