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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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All the great albums Tom Waits has put out, I believe this is so key in his development. The early versions of the songs that appear on Closing Time are so pure in their first... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jacob Martinez
The record was not properly labeled or shipped and either weight or heat slightly warped the record. However the sound wasn't affected so I decided to keep it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Holly S.
Great compilation of his works. Loving my new vinyl record player.Published 7 months ago by CFarina
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...Published on January 4, 2014 by Jenary
I love this album! It really show the essence of Tom Waits. There is a real sense of the songwriter at a fundemental level.Published on June 8, 2013 by Margaret Mayer
My son-in-law loves Tom Waits. He loved this album. I paired this with a book and another CD for him.Published on April 20, 2013 by Jeannie