Franks Wild Years

Tom Waits - Franks Wild Years
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1987 Ratings: #19
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August 17, 1987 / Release Date
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Island / Label
Rock, Experimental / Genres
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So... how's our good old Tom? Or more precisely: who exactly is he, in this year 1987? After the delirious slide of "Swordfishtrombones" and its perfect successor "Rain dogs", is the artist going to lock himself up, prisoner of this strange and sublime deformed universe mixing Browning and Lynch, into which he seems to have suddenly fallen? Answer, in half-tone, with this "Frank's wild years".

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After his 2 masterpieces, it was a safe bet to say that Mr. Waits couldn't necessary make it a hat trick but what we get is truly one of his finest dark cabaret albums and one of the best in the obscure sub genre. Even though this isn't the only time we will see this style of jazz experimental rock from the legendary artists i would argue it is his best attempt at with some amazing lyrics and some fantastic instrumentals and a nice moody poetic atmosphere.

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Franks Wild Years Is Easily One Of Waits Best Records And One Of My Favorites. This Record Is Truly His Most Dreamlike. I Was At First Scratching My Head If There Was Any Concept At All, But As I Delved Into The Record I Realized There Was. All These Songs Scattered Out Was About Frank And His Alcoholism. Frank Has A Serious Alcohol Problem To The Point Where He Doesn’t Know When One Moment Starts And The Other Ends. The Production And The Animation Tom Brings To The Project Is Absolutely ... read more
So many excellent tracks in this set, the perfect sound for Waits fans, but Way Down in the Hole is the clear stand-out as one of his best songs.
According to Tom Waits' story, those years were wild for Frank but for the spectators, they were absolutely fascinating.
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Year End Lists

#27/Consequence of Sound

Track List

  1. Hang on St. Christopher
  2. Straight to the Top (Rhumba)
  3. Blow Wind Blow
  4. Temptation
  5. Innocent When You Dream (Barroom)
  6. I'll Be Gone
  7. Yesterday Is Here
  8. Please Wake Me Up
  9. Frank's Theme
  10. More Than Rain
  11. Way Down in the Hole
  12. Straight to the Top (Vegas)
  13. I'll Take New York
  14. Telephone Call from Istanbul
  15. Cold Cold Ground
  16. Train Song
  17. Innocent When You Dream (78)
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