Tom Waits – Closing Time (1973/2018) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Tom Waits – Closing Time (Remastered) (1973/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 45:33 minutes | 794 MB | Genre: Blues, Rock, Jazz,
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Anti – Epitaph

The 1973 album that introduced a young singer-songwriter to the world at large is a far cry from the wonderfully twisted sonic landscape that would define “Swordfishtrombones” a decade later. The Waits of “Closing Time” was a barroom balladeer too, but one who fit neatly into the early-’70s folk-rock, singer-songwriter paradigm (“Closing Time’s opener “Ol’ ’55,” in fact, was covered by the Eagles on their first album). The arrangements here are straightforward, piano-based affairs that present the songs with a minimum of fuss.

Waits’s voice isn’t the deep, gravelly instrument that would bellow its way through RAIN DOGS, but a smoky, measured one, devoid of artifice. Accordingly, the song structures are simpler, and the best (“Martha,” “I Hope That I Don’t Fall in Love With You”) attain a timeless feel. For all his relative conventionality on this debut, though, Waits is still closer in spirit to the great American songwriters of the ’40s than any ’70s California rocker. Listeners looking for the eccentric, carnivalesque atmosphere that typifies Waits’s work from the ’80s and ’90s will be surprised by the relative straightforwardness of “Closing Time”, yet the album announces an important talent.

“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.” (William Ruhlmann, AMG)

01. Ol’ 55 03:56
02. I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You 03:53
03. Virginia Avenue 03:09
04. Old Shoes (& Picture Postcards) 03:39
05. Midnight Lullaby 03:25
06. Martha 04:28
07. Rosie 04:02
08. Lonely 03:12
09. Ice Cream Man 03:04
10. Little Trip To Heaven (On The Wings Of Your Love) 03:40
11. Grapefruit Moon 04:45
12. Closing Time 04:20

Tom Waits, vocals, piano, guitar, harmonium, harpsichord, celeste
Delbert Bennett, trumpet
Shep Cooke, guitar, backing vocals on “Old Shoes (& Picture Postcards)”
Peter Klimes, guitar, pedal steel guitar on “Rosie”
Bill Plummer, double bass
John Seiter, drums, backing vocals on “Ol’ 55” and “Rosie”
Additional musicians:
Arni Egilsson, bass guitar on “Closing Time” (Instrumental)
Jesse Ehrlich, cello on “Martha”
Tony Terran, trumpet on “Closing Time” (Instrumental)

Recorded Early 1972 at Sunset Sound Recorders and United Western Recorders, Hollywood, California
Produced by Jerry Yester

Digitally remastered



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