Closing Time

Tom Waits - Closing Time
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Based on 3 reviews
1973 Ratings: #35 / 107
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Based on 178 ratings
1973 Ratings: #33
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March 1, 1973 / Release Date
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Asylum / Label
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Closing Time announces the arrival of a talented songwriter whose self-conscious melancholy can be surprisingly moving


It's Monday, I'm back to my old ways. After reviewing all the Nick Cave albums, I plunge myself into the discography of the most human of humans, Tom Waits.

They're just a handful of humans like this.
On second thought, you could probably count them on the fingers of your hand. They are rare, hidden, often hiding in the dark corners of a dingy bar in the dead of night, where they drown their thoughts in alcohol, smoke, in a torrent of devastating ... read more
Closing Time certainly caught me by surprise. The debut record from Tom Waits is an immediate introduction to the idea that the artist is truly quite the jack-of-all-trades in terms of style. Closing Time shifts quickly from blues, folk, jazz, and piano balladry in a diverse and multi-dimensional set of songs.

My familiarity with Waits is quite minimal at this point in time, but what I know of the artist is the gruff and experimental performer he would become in his later years. Having just ... read more
I Embark Upon This Journey That Is Tom Waits’ Discography. It’s First Entry Is Closing Time And It Is Phenomenal. It’s A Simple Concept, A Man Searching For Love. Waits Brings Such Depth Through This Jazz-Induced Record And You Feel The Emotion Not Only Through The Instruments, But His Broken, Raspy Voice.
Sometimes i am just so taken aback by how different it is compared to his most famous body of work in the 80's but one thing it still certain and that it is fantastic. Tom Waits' debut offers some nice piano blues whilst incorporating elements of folk and jazz to keep the track-list fresh and the deeper cuts within the record hold a lot more weight and provide so many beauty written and sung ballads and just a nice change of pace whilst listening to his discography.

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Ol' '55 ... read more
Todavía no me he terminado de adentrar del todo en el jazz, pero este disco me gustó muchísimo.

Se nota una mezcla de géneros, entre el jazz, el rock y el folk sobre todo, pero salvo por Ice Cream Man, la cual desentona un poquito con lo que veníamos escuchando, nada se siente fuera de lugar. La voz de Waits tiene un timbre y sonido particulares que acompañan al aura de este disco y a ese sonido jazzero, y la instrumentación y arreglos, aunque ... read more
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Track List

  1. Ol' '55
  2. I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love with You
  3. Virginia Avenue
  4. Old Shoes (& Picture Postcards)
  5. Midnight Lullaby
  6. Martha
  7. Rosie
  8. Lonely
  9. Ice Cream Man
  10. Little Trip to Heaven (On the Wings of Your Love)
  11. Grapefruit Moon
  12. Closing Time
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Added on: March 24, 2013