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Initial post: Nov 9, 2007 1:05:35 PM PST
mine has to be raindogs i love its range and style from singapore to downtown train.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2007 5:35:57 PM PST
Sean Nolan says:
Raindogs was my first, and is still my all-time fav... but Small Change and The Early Years, volume 1 and especially 2 are beautiful, and the second disk in Orphans...

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2008 6:45:13 PM PDT
Bone Machine all the way (see my review).

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2008 6:08:33 PM PDT
Rain Dogs and Closing Time

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2008 9:24:39 AM PDT
Ray Wilson says:
Very hard to go against Rain Dogs. I'm not sure any artist, anywhere, released one CD of material that is as strong as that one.

I know it's sacrilege to mention a "greatest hits" package in this kind of discussion. But I gotta put in a little plug for "Beautiful Maladies." Greatest "best of" I've ever heard by anybody.

But if it was one album of original material, would it be better than Rain Dogs? Hmmm.....

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2008 7:38:27 PM PDT
Waits fan says:
Mule Variations

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2008 2:09:19 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 13, 2008 2:12:19 PM PDT
Nighthawks At The Diner is my favorite. For one, its music is the first material I ever heard Waits perform, way back in late 1976 or early 1977, and he's very funny; and the back up band, especially Pete Christlieb, who did the sax solo on Steely Dan's "Deacon Blues" were great. I was lucky enough to hear in the late 70's much of Small Change, Foreign Affairs, and even Blue Valentine on a station in Carmel, California that went out of business in 1983: KLRB FM, an alternative station. I'd go to record stores and look for Waits albums in the jazz section, and they weren't there, as his albums were in pop/rock, and I didn't think to look there till I found out much later!
Eventually I bought Nighthawks used, as well as Richie Cole's Hollywood Madness, which has Waits doing a spoken word piece on "Waitin' for Waits" sung by Manhattan Transfer and the late Eddie Jefferson. Now I have all his early CDs, including the soundtrack Waits did for the film One From The Heart (pre Swordfishtrombones) plus the more recent Mule Variations, which comes closest sounding like anything he did early on in his career. By the way, One From the Heart is my second favorite Waits album, and I love those duets he did with Crystal Gayle.
I saw Waits in St. Louis this summer, and it was one of the concerts on his latest tour in which he did not play any of the older material, so I didn't hear him sing "Invitation To The Blues," "Christmas Card From a Hooker In Minneapolis," "Can't Wait to Get Off Work," "Blue Valentine," "Tom Traubert's Blues," or "Heartattack and Vine."
It was a great concert anyway, and he did play several songs from Mule Variations, Real Gone, and Swordfishtrombones which I like alot.

Posted on May 8, 2009 7:04:46 AM PDT
7 & 7 IS says:
Rain Dogs.But they're all great.

Posted on May 23, 2009 9:36:12 PM PDT
music fan says:
Tom Is great. No matter what kind of mood I'm in, there is a Waits cd that will work. Having said that, it's hard to pick just one so, I'll mention a few. "Closing Time" and "Small Change" from the 70's, Rain Dogs from the 80's, and Bone Machine. I feel guilty leaving out the others but...

Posted on Nov 4, 2009 10:35:55 PM PST
McGill says:
Swordfishtrombones... is a close second to my all-time favorite, Small Change. I have found that Small Change is especially moving when you listen to it with the A/C broken and the window open with the sounds of 3 a.m. traffic and a train moving right off of campus while you're writing a paper and practically sweating. I feel guilty for leaving out Rain Dogs and Alice, hell, The Black Rider, all of Mr. Waits' albums are incredible, but Small Change gets me first.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2009 3:28:00 PM PST
music fan says:
Si, you have an exceptional ear (or two)!

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 6:46:18 PM PST
Nighthawk 69 says:
Heartattack and Vine. Why? H & V has the title song which TW just RIPS into followed by the Super Cool live performance of In Shades. Next is Saving All My Love For You in which he creates a stunning ambience of early morning reflection coupled with the feeling of a classic Jazz Standard ('I know I'm irresponsible..') along with the pointed and universally accurate, 'I'm not half as bad as they make me out to be...' Then you've got Downtown, Jersey Girl and 'Till The Money Runs Out, each of which are standards and worth essays by themselves. But then come the Final Three: On The Nickel, Mr. Siegal and Ruby's Arms. On The Nickel has such great lyrics and is performed with such intensity that if it doesn't just rip you heart out,Heart Attack and Vine then chances are that you don't have one.

With Mr. Siegal TW is back into his Tearing It Up mode with the kind humor and pizzaz that others can only dream of: 'When the bitch is wound up, and her parents are gone, man you ought to hear her with the siren on...'

And finally he closes it out with Ruby's Arms - operatic in tone and cinematic in scope. You can SEE him stealing away in the early morning light. It's MORE than the words or the music, it's the atmosphere, the scene, it's something you FEEL. You had to be there and with TW you ARE there. 'Jesus Christ, this god damn rain, will someone put me on a train, I'll never kiss your lips again, or break your heart...'

Whew! Words fail me. It's the best!

Oh yeah, and the cover: the original looks just like an LA Times with coffee stains and the works, same font and everything - and the lyrics are printed on it. Amazingly creative!!

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 8:59:16 AM PST
M. JPharms says:
Rain Dogs. and my favorite song is clap hands.
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