Genre: Pop Rock
Label: Manifesto
Format: 33RPM,
Size: 12"


Tom Waits The Early Years Volume Two 180g LP

Tom Waits

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Grammy Award-Winning Artist on 180g Vinyl LP!
Includes "Ol' '55," "Old Shoes," "Diamonds on My Windshield" & More!

Tom Waits is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. Waits has a distinctive voice, described by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding "like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car." With this trademark growl, his incorporation of pre-rock music styles such as blues, jazz, and vaudeville, and experimental tendencies verging on industrial music, Waits has built up a distinctive musical persona. He has worked as a composer for movies and musical plays and has acted in supporting roles in films, including Paradise Alley and Bram Stoker's Dracula; he also starred in the 1986 film Down by Law. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his soundtrack work on One from the Heart.

Lyrically, Waits' songs frequently present atmospheric portrayals of grotesque, often seedy characters and places - although he has also shown a penchant for more conventional ballads. He has a cult following and has influenced subsequent songwriters despite having little radio or music video support. His songs are best-known through cover versions by more commercial artists: "Jersey Girl", performed by Bruce Springsteen, "Ol' '55", performed by the Eagles, and "Downtown Train", performed by Rod Stewart. Although Waits' albums have met with mixed commercial success in his native United States, they have occasionally achieved gold album sales status in other countries. He has been nominated for a number of major music awards and has won Grammy Awards for two albums, Bone Machine and Mule Variations. In 2011, Waits was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Like its predecessor, The Early Years, Vol. 2 consists of demos recorded by Tom Waits in 1971, two years before he released his debut album, Closing Time. 'Hope I Don't Fall in Love With You,' 'Ol' 55,' 'Grapefruit Moon,' and 'Old Shoes' later turned up on that album, while 'Shiver Me Timbers,' 'Diamonds on My Windshield,' and 'Please Call Me Baby' appeared on Waits' second album, The Heart of Saturday Night, in 1974... Waits fans will enjoy hearing, for example, 'Ol' 55' performed in a higher key and with an acoustic guitar backing.
-William Ruhlmann, Rated 4.5/5 Stars


  • 180g Vinyl LP
  • Recorded July-December 1971, Los Angeles, CA


Side One:

  1. Hope I Don't Fall in Love with You
  2. Ol' 55
  3. Mockin' Bird
  4. In Between Love
  5. Blue Skies
  6. Nobody
  7. I Want You

Side Two:

  1. Shiver Me Timbers
  2. Grapefruit Moon
  3. Diamonds on My Windshield
  4. Please Call Me, Baby
  5. So It Goes
  6. Old Shoes

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