The Early Years Vol. 2
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The Early Years Vol. 2

January 1, 1993

Song Title
Hope I Don't Fall in Love with You
Ol '55
Mockin' Bird
In Between Love
Blue Skies
I Want You
Shiver Me Timbers
Grapefruit Moon
Diamonds on My Windshield
Please Call Me, Baby
So It Goes
Old Shoes

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  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1993
  • Label: Manifesto Records
  • Copyright: (c) 1993 Bizarre/Straight Records
  • Total Length: 44:11
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,893 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the $$ March 19, 2001
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Recorded in '71, this is the real Tom Waits, letting you hear where he came from and where he was headed. At this point, everyone knows Waits is a songwriting genius. This album is proof that he was that from the beginning, but maybe it's too subtle for some people to catch because there's more real life and fewer freaks, pharaohs, and demons.
The growling vocals of the 2nd half of Waits' career conjure up agony, whiskey, and psychosis in a way that no one else can. It's easy to understand why people are drawn to it. The Early Years 2 is as mellow as that later stuff is intense, and with it you get Tom actually singing in his real, natural voice. The only other musician that gives you such amazing songwriting combined with acoustic guitar on the same albums is Dylan. They're both on a short list of my favorite musical geniuses so I won't get into that comparison other than to say that I've never met Zimmy's mom, but I'm guessing even she'd tell you that Waits is the better singer.
The bottom line is, this is essential Tom Waits. With 7 of these tracks, you're getting slightly rougher versions of songs available on his first 2 albums. It's interesting to compare them to the later versions and hear the effects of production and of a young artists' development. The 6 songs that you can't get elsewhere are the polar opposite of his future howling madman persona - a folk singer singing calmly yet powerfully about things everyone can relate to.
As long as you don't have a hang up about Waits having to sound like the Swordfish Trombones to Mule Variations era, I think you'll find this to be money well spent.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new look at some classic tunes January 1, 2007
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These are mostly demo songs, some of which were never relased, from Wait's early years (no kidding). Some of the songs on here, such as "I Hope I Don't Fall In Love With You" and "Ol' 55", would go on to become classics. Some of these songs are actually better than the versions that were put on the albums, especially "Shiver Me Timbers," here turned into a piano-ballad romp, rather than the jazzy outting featured on HEART OF SATURDAY NIGHT. THE EARLY YEARS, VOLUME 2 offers a good introduction into Waits's early music (sparse arrangements, beautiful lyrics), and is also a handy addition to previously-existing Waits collections.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Sorry, but anyone who thinks this album is horrible has no feelings towards some great love songs. His voice in this album with the beautiful lyrics get me goosebumps all over. It's something great to listen to when you're with people you love. No doubt, Tom Waits amazing talent is prooved in his later albums, but anyone who would like to hear a soft and emotional side of Mr. Waits, this is a must have! And afterall, wouldn't it be nice to have an album of Tom you could easily listen to in the early morning?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fans only July 11, 2002
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The Early Years Volume 2 is a logical extension of Volume 1 -- more pre-Closing Time demos. As one would expect, there are not as many previously unreleased tracks. For the most part, this has early versions of songs from Tom Waits' first three albums. These do not differ substantially, the main difference being that they are mostly performed on acoustic guitar instead of piano. Different vocal inflections also pop up occasionally. Casuals will not even notice this last, but fans will hear and appreciate the differences. This release thus isn't as essential as Volume 1, but only the hard-core will want these discs anyway. I recommend getting all of Waits' actual albums first; all are great and worth owning). Then, if you find that you must have more, try these. Get Volume 1 first; if you like it, then get this also.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Who could ask for more? Previously unreleased recordings, quite evidently very well recorded demos, of one of the great musical artists of the last 35 years? Well, here it is, each volume perfectly listenable. In fact, a must listen for the fan as there's a few songs here now released on any other TOM WAITS record and those that are redone are stripped down versions, revealing the heart of the songs. Closing Time, his first lp, is a bit stiff. In fact, it's my least favorite of his 70's albums only because the producer just got a somewhat stiffled sound out of the recordings. Fortunately, they solved that in spades on future records.

What's delightful is that these songs provide a chance to hear Mr. WAITS in his least gravely voice of his career and at his youngest of his career.

'Hope I Don't Fall In Love With You' is a sweet song that fulfills his common setting of being in a bar and some yearning for unattainable love. He's got a way of telling a tale that surprises and pleases and takes you to the smokey piano lounge where his music comes from.

I love a good cover. Who's know the EAGLES didn't write this 'Ol' 55'? To hear TOM do it makes me forget all about their version (gladly). 'Nobody' has always been a potent song lyrically. Now we get to hear it in his simple presentation. A nice mix.

'Diamonds On My Windshield' has always been a favorite given that me and many other folks I know have taken that same basic drive from San Diego to L.A. I've probably driven that 100's of times in 35 years and sometimes it was while listening to this song. Wot a treat.

'Please Call Me, Baby' is another plaintiff love song and, again, this album gives us the treat of hearing it with his younger voice and plain instrumental accompanyment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great album..
I heard one if his songs from facebook and loved it. I had forgotten about Tom and his music. This was a good one to download. If you like his music this is a good one...
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I love this album! It really show the essence of Tom Waits. There is a real sense of the songwriter at a fundemental level.
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Published on June 9, 2010 by Randy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this cd!
After hearing one of these songs on XM radio, I had to find this cd.
Amazon had it and it was shipped very quickly.
It is amazing.
Published on April 22, 2010 by John H
4.0 out of 5 stars The Early Years, Vol. 2
The Early Years, Vol. 2 being the second part of the early years compilation and are recordings before his debut album Closing Time and were recorded 1971 but not released till... Read more
Published on January 29, 2010 by Bjorn Viberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Waits, The Early Years, Vol. 2
Great CD as expected and shipping and delivery went like a cool breeze on a scorching summers day.
Five stars Amazon.
There are no more words.
Published on September 8, 2008 by David Raleigh
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Compolation Album
This CD is great. Every song is good so you can listen to the album as a whole without having to skip every other track. Read more
Published on March 18, 2007 by N. Burt
4.0 out of 5 stars great cd
I'm really a huge tom waits fan I own alot of his albums i saw this as well as vol. 1 on amazon and decided to give them a listen. Read more
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