Tom Waits – Closing Time

ARTIST: Tom Waits                               tom_waits_-_closing_time

TITLE:  Closing Time

YEAR RELEASED: 1973

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: Ol’ 55

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Martha, I Hope That I Don’t Fall in Love with You

LINEUP: Tom Waits, Delbert Bennett, Shep Cooke, Peter Klimes, Bill Plummer, John Seiter

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First album by the iconoclastic songwriter sticks close to a late-night jazz / piano bar vibe with a folk essence.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Tom Waits’ first album shows off his better songs that he had written to date and perfected in his LA club dates. The music and styles are a bit varied, yet all have the same general vibe. A smoky, jazzy vibe.

Waits’ voice isn’t as distinct as it would be here – it’s smooth for the most part, especially compared to his later work. It’s still unique, though, kind of a growl at times.

This was a good showcase for his songs, which got him some cover versions by artists. It was a good way for Waits to start introducing himself to the world, even if it was a bit safe.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: His first break into the mainstream was the Eagles covering “Ol’ 55” on their On the Border album.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: B+:  It’s safe compared to some of Waits’ later work, but still a good late night vibe record.

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