TOM WAITS - Greatest Hits (2008)
Tom Waits, according to the esteemed American critic Robert Hilburn, is clearly one of the most important figures of the modern pop era. Such sentiments are not mere hyperbole; in a career that now spans four decades and over 20 albums, Tom Waits has long since emerged as an extraordinary innovative force, a singular voice whose music remains determinedly and even gloriously - well beyond the trivial fads and fashions of popular culture. 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. 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. He has been nominated for a number of major music awards and has won Grammy Awards for two albums.
DISC 1: 01. Singapore 02. Rain Dogs 03. I'll Be Gone 04. Strange Weather 05. Clap Hands 06. Telephone Call from Istanbul 07. Jockey Full of Bourbon 08. Down, Down, Down 09. Lie to Me 10. Hang on St. Christopher 11. Yesterday Is Here 12. Romeo Is Bleeding 13. Little Boy Blue 14. Whistlin' Past the Graveyard 15. 'Til the Money Runs Out 16. Blue Valentines 17. The Black Rider 18. Big in Japan 19. Black Wings 20. Starving in the Belly of a Whale 21. Just the Right Bullets 22. Alice 23. Bend Down the Branches
DISC 2: 01. Once upon a Town 02. Somewhere 03. Broken Bicycles 04. Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis 05. Muriel 06. The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me) 07. Foreign Affair 08. On the Other Side of the World 09. Cold Cold Ground 10. Downtown 11. Frank's Wild Years 12. Underground 13. Cemetery Polka 14. Misery Is the River of the World 15. Swordfishtrombone 16. Way Down in the Hole 17. Sea of Love 18. Dead and Lovely 19. Crossroads 20. Hold On 21. Time
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