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Beautiful Maladies: The Island Years

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23 tracks taken from the seven albums Tom released on Island from 1983 to 1993, perhaps the most consistently interesting and challenging body of work by any solo artist of the period. Includes Clap Hands; Singapore; Shore Leave; Frank's Wild Years; Downtown Train; Temptation; The Black Rider; Jesus Gonna Be Here , and more.

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Tom Waits pulled off a neat trick with the 1983 release of Swordfishtrombones: he disengaged himself from the present (and his own recent achievements) and allied himself with the past. And yet no one could accuse him of becoming mired in nostalgia. A decade before the phrase lo-fi gained favor, Waits purposely ravaged his songs by stomping them into peculiar shapes and utilizing arcane instruments and recording techniques to further bend them into new kinds of aural sculptures. The result was a genuine musical breakthrough. Beautiful Maladies gathers 23 tracks from Waits's seven post-Swordfishtrombones Island LPs. These pretty/ugly tracks provide a riveting view of Tom's wild years. While at least four Waits Island titles qualify as essentials, Beautiful Maladies and the 1988 live set, Big Time, provide compact introductions to a matchless body of work. --Steven Stolder

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Product details

  • Audio CD (June 16, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: June 16, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000007QQL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,354 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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