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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… read more



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  • Avatar for MisterJunior
    Terrific debut album. Like most of his first several LPs, this one is perfect for late night listening. Especially if the late night in question happens to be a lonely one.
  • Avatar for hessel-z
    From all of the fucked up track listings on this one takes the top spot for me. There are songs from at least 3 different albums listed in here...
  • Avatar for Unopuntocinco
    Qué buen comienzo
  • Avatar for Tymbolic
    Still my favorite and I love all of his work
  • Avatar for 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.
  • Avatar for 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.
  • Avatar for Mcdonaghalex
    wasn't sure about Rain Dogs, but this is gold
  • Avatar for MisterJunior
    Tracklist is all screwed up.
  • Avatar for 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!
  • Avatar for 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

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