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Ragwater, Bitters & Blue Ruin - A Must for Waits Fans
on January 3, 2012
If you're a Waits fan (why else would we be here?) here's a bucket of blood and guts and anvil bangin' you'll enjoy. I found it best to actually play the albums and songs as he talks about them (the interviews are arranged by album release), and I was not disappointed with the details Tom reveals about the writing of many of my favorites, e.g. "Rain Dogs, Singapore, Cemetery Polka," etc.
With the videos a few keystrokes away on Youtube, it's easy to immerse yourself in the huckster / carnival barker tapestry only Waits can weave. My appreciation for the man's oeuvre has been greatly enhanced with the sweeping, revealing scope of these interviews. I have a much better understanding the man himself and how he constructs his tone poems. Kudos to Paul Maher and others who worked on this lovely compilation.