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Asylum Years Import

4.6 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Diamonds on My Windshield
  2. (Looking For) The Heart of Saturday Night
  3. Martha
  4. The Ghosts of Saturday Night (After Hours at Napoleone's Pizza House)
  5. Grapefruit Moon
  6. Small Change
  7. Burma Shave
  8. I Never Talk to Strangers
  9. Tom Traubert's Blues
  10. Blue Valentines
  11. Potter's Field
  12. Kentucky Avenue
  13. Somewhere [From 'West Side Story']
  14. Ruby's Arms


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 7, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: October 1986
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Musicrama/Koch
  • ASIN: B000003PX5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #925,624 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAME on May 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I am always impressed by Tom Waits' descriptive ability - the way he paints vignettes of people and places and moods. His early work on the Asylum label is generally more accessible than later stuff like Bone Machine and here the listener finds Waits in a gentle frame of mind on a tasty selection of mainly soft ballads and jazzy numbers like Blue Valentines and the duet I Never Talk To Strangers. I prefer his country style ballads so Tom Traubert's Blues (Waltzing Matilda) and Ruby's Arms are my favourites. This is a good introduction to his bluesy musical vision contained in that gravely voice and his evocative story songs, but I think it would have been better if masterpieces like The Piano's Been Drinking (Not Me), I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You, Old 55 and Saving All My Love For You had been included. I also recommend his albums Heartattack And Vine and Swordfishtrombones.
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This is some incredibly beautiful music by a man who defies description. This is the place to start if you only know Waits from other peoples versions of his songs.
I have a hard time identifying with some of his cds, Swordfishtrombones,for example, but I really don't understand the slagging by Alex,who seems,by the depth and bredth of his reading and musical reviews, to have somewhat of a mind/open/education thing going. maybe it was an injoke with a friend...., but let your ears and imagination be your guide on a one of a kind ride with Tom Waits and this CD.
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By A Customer on January 10, 2002
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This is a "best songs" collection from Tom Wait's early years: 'bout enough said. However, it's missing (my own personal) favorites such as Ol' 55, The Piano Has Been Drinking, and Heart Attack and Vine. That said, it's still probably more accessable to novice Tom Waits listeners than the new greatest hits collection, Used Songs.
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Tom Waits has finally been nominated for induction into the RRHOF this year. He is an extraordinary talent both as a songwriter and performer. True, his trademark growl is not to everyone's liking but his voice is very compelling if one takes the time to really listen. Highlights on this wonderful set include the marvellous Tom Traubert's Blues (Four Sheets to the Wind in Copenhagen), the moving Martha, the evocative Kentucky Avenue (my personal favourite on the set), the clever and cynical Small Change and, surprisingly, the revelatory interpretation of Somewhere. There is no weak track here in my view.
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One of the best musical artist of our time. And this album is proof of that fact. Very good sounds! I 'll be listening to this for a very long time. Thanks for your service.
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This is one of my favorite Tom Waits albums -- not terribly experimental, but it was a bit edgy for its time. Mainly nostalgic lyrics, musically strong.
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