Apr 26, 2012

Tom Waits - Asylum Years (1984)


1. Diamonds on My Windshield - 3:08
2. (Looking For) The Heart of Saturday Night - 3:55
3. Martha - 4:29
4. The Ghosts of Saturday Night (After Hours at Napoleone's Pizza House) - 3:14
5. Grapefruit Moon - 4:49
6. Small Change - 5:05
7. Burma Shave - 6:33
8. I Never Talk to Strangers - 3:41
9. Tom Traubert's Blues - 6:34
10. Blue Valentines - 5:54
11. Potter's Field - 8:44
12. Kentucky Avenue - 4:51
13. Somewhere (From West Side Story) - 3:53
14. Ruby's Arms - 5:35

Nice compilation of Tom Waits' pre-death-blues-insanity material. Of course it's missing some great tracks which is inevitable with any best-of, especially one that's meant to be condensing 7 full length albums into only 14 essential songs, but I often find myself coming back to it more than the earlier records that the songs here are from. His lyrical debt to Bukowski is still clear with his depressing low-life narratives which are occasionally humorous and ironic, and occasionally sentimental

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