Closing Time

Elektra / Wea
Release date
12 Oct 1990
Running length
16 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Ol'55 4:00 12,593
2 I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love With.. 3:56 439
3 Virginia Avenue 3:10 100,335
4 Midnight Lulaby 3:27 566
5 Martha 3:52 141,557
6 Lonely 3:11 86,378
7 Little Trip to Heaven 3:01 17,403
8 Closing Time 4:20 87,640
9 Tom Traubers Blues 6:40 47
10 Step Right Up 5:40 102,479
11 Jitterbug Boy 3:39 46,465
12 I Wish I Was in New Orleans 4:51 39,854
13 The Piano Has Been Drinking 3:25 37,052
14 Invitation to the Blues 5:21 68,211
15 Somewhere 3:49 28,099
16 Blue Valentine 5:17 7,738

About this album

Tom Waits’ debut album is a minor-key masterpiece filled with songs of late-night loneliness. Within the apparently narrow range of the cocktail bar pianistics and muttered vocals, Waits and producer Jerry Yester manage a surprisingly broad collection of styles, from the jazzy “Virginia Avenue” to the up-tempo funk of “Ice Cream Man” and from the acoustic guitar folkiness of “I Hope That I Don’t Fall in Love With You” to the saloon song “Midnight Lullaby,” which would have been a perfect addition to the repertoires of Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennett. Waits’ entire musical approach is stylized, of course, and at times derivative — “Lonely” borrows a little too much from Randy Newman’s “I Think It’s Going to Rain Today” — and his lovelorn lyrics can be sentimental without being penetrating. But he also has a gift for gently rolling pop melodies, and he can come up with striking, original scenarios, as on the best songs, “Ol’ 55” and “Martha,” which Yester discreetly augments with strings. Closing Time announces the arrival of a talented songwriter whose self-conscious melancholy can be surprisingly moving.

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  • Gaffes

    The first time I listened to this album I was literally amazed, I couldn't believe at what I was hearing, I mean every single song is so haunting and moving, plus his voice is unrecognizable here. Excellent album.

    16 Feb 10:37pm Reply
  • sashahen

    Which losers has created the track-list? So many orthographical mistakes. If it continue like that on I will apply for a job. I am fed up. Apart from that Tom Waits started with a high quality debut album in 1973.

    31 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Mcdonaghalex

    wasn't sure about Rain Dogs, but this is gold

    28 Apr 2014 Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Tracklist is all screwed up.

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • birdturd93

    It's a nice smooth release,it's really interesting to hear that he didn't have a rough voice but i have to say i prefer his later releases (Rain Dogs & etc) but it's nice to hear a change!

    26 Jul 2013 Reply
  • dr_bun

    I much prefer his later stuff too but this is such an intimate beautiful album, I probably like it as much as any album ever

    28 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Athena920

    As much as I prefer his later stuff, the feels on this album are pretty intense at times. Plus this is probably the most aptly titled album ever.

    17 Mar 2013 Reply
  • ash_4p

    Perfect album [2]

    29 Jan 2013 Reply
  • PattyPierce

    Perfect album

    3 Aug 2012 Reply
  • barbudean

    these days, my favorite.

    3 Aug 2012 Reply
  • TheLukieBoi1

    All that smoking grilled the shit out of his voice. His voice was amazing on this album.

    14 Jul 2012 Reply
  • FridaLouise

    Almost forgot this. Lovely, so sympathetic for a lonely soul in the night.

    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Leinad-95

    This album never gets old

    13 Feb 2012 Reply
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    15 Jan 2012 Reply
  • kelspooky

    "I tried Rain Dogs first... I didn't really take to it. I'm only three tracks into this so far, but it sounds really really good." Happened the same with me. Now I like Rain Dogs, but this one is a lot easier to love. I feel like every song is a masterpiece.

    16 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Pseudovolhv

    without a choice

    31 Oct 2011 Reply
  • velvet_a

    well, I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love With you.

    15 Sep 2011 Reply
  • kinemascopio

    absolutely perfect! <3

    5 Aug 2011 Reply
  • JvPutten

    His voice is so different then on Small Changes. What the hell happened to him?

    19 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Mutanteakordeon

    Omg M A S T E R P I E C E, you HAVE to listen this

    6 Jul 2011 Reply
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