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Old 06-29-2010, 09:05 PM   #41 (permalink)
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I would say the two albums are really pretty similar in that regard, but I think Bone Machine is more accessible to someone new to Tom Waits. Rain Dogs is probably my favorite album by him though.
I haven't listened to Waits in a real long time but I consider myself a fairly devoted fan.

Rain Dogs, Swordfishtrombones, and to a lesser degree, Frank's Wild Years were his golden years/albums in my opinion.

Interestingly, Waits is the musician who I have paid the most (by far) to see play live. $75 in Denver on his Mule Variations tour. I was sorta duped into thinking this was his 'last tour' for some BS reason but it was definitely worth it
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I haven't listened to Waits in a real long time but I consider myself a fairly devoted fan.

Rain Dogs, Swordfishtrombones, and to a lesser degree, Frank's Wild Years were his golden years/albums in my opinion.

Interestingly, Waits is the musician who I have paid the most (by far) to see play live. $75 in Denver on his Mule Variations tour. I was sorta duped into thinking this was his 'last tour' for some BS reason but it was definitely worth it
I saw him on that same tour in Boston. Great show!
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Old 06-29-2010, 09:21 PM   #43 (permalink)
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I saw him on that same tour in Boston. Great show!
It was great. He entered the stage by walking through the audience and he was throwing flowers as he went. You could tell the crowd wanted to throw palm leaves at his feet.

It does stick out in my mind as one of the best live music performances I've ever seen. Him solo on the piano was amazing - and those are usually my least favorite songs. That show was extremely honest, showy, and skillful all at once. Excellent
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It was great. He entered the stage by walking through the audience and he was throwing flowers as he went. You could tell the crowd wanted to throw palm leaves at his feet.

It does stick out in my mind as one of the best live music performances I've ever seen. Him solo on the piano was amazing - and those are usually my least favorite songs. That show was extremely honest, showy, and skillful all at once. Excellent
Did he come out in that mirrorball derby hat at the show you went to? I found that part of the show pretty hilarious.
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Did he come out in that mirrorball derby hat at the show you went to? I found that part of the show pretty hilarious.
I don't remember that. He definitely wore a derby or a fedora but I don't recall mirrors. Seems like I would have that image in my memory but who knows. I guess it was long enough ago that only certain moments are in there.
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I don't remember that. He definitely wore a derby or a fedora but I don't recall mirrors. Seems like I would have that image in my memory but who knows. I guess it was long enough ago that only certain moments are in there.
You'd probably remember it if he did it at your show. In between songs at one point he ran off stage and returned wearing a derby with little mirrors all over it like a discoball. The spotlight beam narrowed and pointed at his hat, then he began slowly spinning in a circle, sending glittering points of light twirling around the auditorium. It was hysterical.
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Blood Money and Alice were the first two Tom Waits albums I ever got. Probably not the best place I could've started with him, but all I knew about Waits at the time was that Nick Cave liked him, so not very much in other words It must be at least three or four years since I last tried listening to either albums, so I guess it's about time I gave them another run through. Top review by the way.

Same with the Heartattack and Vine - sounds like a really interesting album.

Looking forward to whichever one/s you've got lined up next.
Those were the two albums I started with too, and I found them to be a very good starting place.
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I'd love to see reviews of Bone Machine and Real Gone
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I second a Bone Machine review.
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