Swordfishtrombones

Label
Island Records
Release date
1 Jun 1990
Running length
15 tracks
Running time
42:03

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Underground 2:35 128,962
2 Shore Leave 4:17 104,605
3 Dave the Butcher 2:20 62,703
4 Johnsburg, Illinois 1:33 101,436
5 16 Shells from a 30.6 4:18 32,706
6 Town With No Cheer 4:29 73,149
7 In the Neighbourhood 3:07 27,542
8 Just Another Sucker on the Vine 1:47 54,202
9 Frank's Wild Years 1:53 95,187
10 Swordfishtrombone 3:08 73,672
11 Down, Down, Down 2:16 79,839
12 Soldier's Things 3:24 78,808
13 Gin Soaked Boy 2:24 76,212
14 Trouble Braids 1:18 14,145
15 Rainbirds 3:14 51,979

About this album

Swordfishtrombones is an album by American singer-songwriter Tom Waits, released in September 1983. It was the first album that Waits produced himself and is marked as such by a sense of artistic freedom that would increasingly characterize his later work.

Stylistically different from his previous LPs, Swordfishtrombones moves away from the piano and string orchestra arrangements of the late seventies replacing them instead with unusual instrumentation and a somewhat more abstract songwriting approach.

Swordfishtrombones peaked at #164 on Billboard’s Pop Albums and Billboard 200 albums chart.

In 1989, Spin Magazine named Swordfishtrombones the second greatest album of all time.

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