Orphans CD (2006)

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A veritable godsend for Tom Waits fans (and a fun place for the uninitiated to plunge in feet first), Orphans is a 3-disc, 54-track set that brings together previously unheard material from various stages of Waits's career. The songs are grouped by style. The first disc, Brawlers, contains raucous stomps and uptempo jams, the second disc, Bawlers, is full of lyrical balladry, and the third, Bastards, is a hodge-podge of experimental tunes and covers. Many of the songs are outtakes from studio albums, while others are the results of outside projects or one-off oddities.


Waits's unique sensibility is in full flower throughout the set: his gruff croon, barks, and howls; the insistent clanking of strange percussion; and his evocative, detail-rich lyrics are all on ample display. From the spooky rave-up of Lie to Me through the heartrending beauty of Shiny Things and the familiar strains of Goodnight Irene, to his off-kilter cover of Daniel Johnston's King Kong, ORPHANS is packed with spectacular surprises. Add beautiful packaging and a lyric book complete with rare photos, and ORPHANS becomes another must-have document from one of music's most imaginative and consistently enjoyable artists.


Track Listing


Disc 1: Brawlers:
1. Lie To Me
2. Lowdown
3. 2:19
4. Fish In The Jailhouse
5. Bottom Of The World
6. Lucinda
7. Ain't Goin' Down The Well
8. Lord I've Been Changed
9. Puttin' On The Dog
10. Road To Peace
11. All The Time
12. Return Of Jackie And Judy, The
13. Walk Away
14. Sea Of Love
15. Buzz Fledderjohn
16. Rains On Me


Disc 2: Bawlers:
1. Bend Down The Branches
2. You Can Never Hold Back Spring
3. Long Way Home
4. Widow's Grove
5. Little Drop Of Poison
6. Shiny Things
7. World Keeps Turning
8. Tell It To Me
9. Never Let Go
10. Fannin Street
11. Little Man
12. It's Over
13. If I Have To Go
14. Goodnight Irene
15. Fall Of Troy, The
16. Take Care Of All My Children
17. Down There By The Train
18. Danny Says
19. Jayne's Blue Wish
20. Young At Heart


Disc 3: Bastards:
1. What Keeps Mankind Alive
2. Children's Story
3. Heigh Ho
4. Army Ants
5. Books Of Moses
6. Bone Chain
7. Two Sisters
8. First Kiss
9. Dog Door
10. Redrum
11. Nirvana
12. Home I'll Never Be
13. Poor Little Lamb
14. Altar Boy
15. Pontiac, The
16. Spidey's Wild Ride
17. King Kong
18. On The Road

Specifications

Label Anti
SKU 203532933
UPC 045778684427
UPC 14 00045778684427
Format CD
Release Date 12/12/2006
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Author Tom Waits
Compilation Appearance Red Hot & Blue
Compilation Appearance Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music From Vintage Disney Films
Compilation Appearance Basquiat
Compilation Appearance Anti Pop
Compilation Appearance For the Kids
Compilation Appearance Shrek 2
Compilation Appearance American Music:hightone Records Story
Compilation Appearance Late Great Daniel Johnston:discovered
Compilation Appearance When Life Gives You Lemons You Paint(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance An Album To Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program (Deluxe Edition)
Compilation Appearance Son Of Rogues Gallery:pirate Ballads
Technical Info
Producer Tom Waits; Kathleen Brennan
CatalogID 868442
Lable Name Anti
Released 11/28/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 3
SPARE Code n/a
Length 189m : 15s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00045778684427
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Tom Waits (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion); Dave Alvin, Joe Gore, Larry LaLonde, Marc Ribot, Ron Hacker, Brett Gurewitz (guitar); Anges Amar (whistle); John Hammond , Charlie Musselwhite (harmonica); Ralph Carney (saxophone); Seth Ford Young, Larry Taylor , Les Claypool (bass instrument); Casey Waits (drums); Bobby Baloo (cowbells); Gino Robair, Jeff Sloan, Stephen Hodges, Steve Foreman, Andrew Borger, Brain (percussion).
A veritable godsend for Tom Waits fans (and a fun place for the uninitiated to plunge in feet first), ORPHANS is a 3-disc, 54-track set that brings together previously unheard material from various stages of Waits's career. The songs are grouped by style. The first disc, BRAWLERS, contains raucous stomps and uptempo jams, the second disc, BAWLERS, is full of lyrical balladry, and the third, BASTARDS, is a hodge-podge of experimental tunes and covers. Many of the songs are outtakes from studio albums, while others are the results of outside projects or one-off oddities.
Waits's unique sensibility is in full flower throughout the set: his gruff croon, barks, and howls; the insistent clanking of strange percussion; and his evocative, detail-rich lyrics are all on ample display. From the spooky rave-up of "Lie to Me" through the heartrending beauty of "Shiny Things" and the familiar strains of "Goodnight Irene," to his off-kilter cover of Daniel Johnston's "King Kong," ORPHANS is packed with spectacular surprises. Add beautiful packaging and a lyric book complete with rare photos, and ORPHANS becomes another must-have document from one of music's most imaginative and consistently enjoyable artists.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.120) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'Tell It to Me' and the recycled 'The Fall of Troy' are genre classics right up there with Wait's bumptious claims on 'Young at Heart' and 'Goodnight Irene'."
Rolling Stone (p.103) - Ranked #10 in Rolling Stone's "The Top 50 Albums Of 2006" -- "Waits still finds magic..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.87) - "[The set] adds a truckload of characters....Familiar, compelling, and tugging out empathy." -- Grade: A
Q (p.138) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "BAWLERS is Asylum-vintage Waits. Piano and death-rattle voice to the fore, here he's wreathed in smoke, down at the bottom of a bottle."
Q (p.118) - Ranked #54 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006."
Magnet (p.93) - "Waits wisely organizes each disc around a loose musical or narrative theme, respectively collecting roadhouse blues shouters, love-and-murder ballads and bizarro sonic experiments."
Down Beat (p.67) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "ORPHANS is as true as music can be....In the underbelly world made real through his finest work, Waits has earned the right to be its bard."
No Depression (p.81) - "[The songs] are as rhythmically and melodically strong, as realized, as any single he's ever released."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.104) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "With his unfussy brushstrokes, umber hues and humanely honest delight in warts and all, he is the Rembrandt of modern music."
Disc 1
0 DISC 1: BRAWLERS:,DISC 2: BAWLERS:,DISC 3: BASTARDS:
1 Lie To Me,Bend Down The Branches,What Keeps Mankind Alive
2 Low Down,You Can Never Hold Back Spring,Children's Story
3 2:19,Long Way Home,Heigh Ho
4 Fish In The Jailhouse,Widow's Grove,Army Ants
5 Bottom Of The World,Little Drop Of Poison,Books Of Moses
6 Lucinda,Shiny Things,Bone Chain
7 Ain't Goin' Down to the Well,World Keeps Turning,Two Sisters
8 Lord I've Been Changed,Tell It To Me,First Kiss
9 Puttin' On The Dog,Never Let Go,Dog Door
10 Road To Peace,Fannin Street,Redrum
11 All The Time,Little Man,Nirvana
12 Return Of Jackie And Judy, The,It's Over,Home I'll Never Be
13 Walk Away,If I Have To Go,Poor Little Lamb
14 Sea Of Love,Goodnight Irene,Altar Boy
15 Buzz Fledderjohn,Fall Of Troy, The,Pontiac, The
16 Rains On Me,Take Care Of All My Children,Spidey's Wild Ride
17 Down There By The Train,King Kong
18 Danny Says,On The Road
19 Jayne's Blue Wish,[Untitled Track]
20 Young At Heart,[Untitled Track]
Disc 2
0 DISC 1: BRAWLERS:,DISC 2: BAWLERS:,DISC 3: BASTARDS:
1 Lie To Me,Bend Down The Branches,What Keeps Mankind Alive
2 Low Down,You Can Never Hold Back Spring,Children's Story
3 2:19,Long Way Home,Heigh Ho
4 Fish In The Jailhouse,Widow's Grove,Army Ants
5 Bottom Of The World,Little Drop Of Poison,Books Of Moses
6 Lucinda,Shiny Things,Bone Chain
7 Ain't Goin' Down to the Well,World Keeps Turning,Two Sisters
8 Lord I've Been Changed,Tell It To Me,First Kiss
9 Puttin' On The Dog,Never Let Go,Dog Door
10 Road To Peace,Fannin Street,Redrum
11 All The Time,Little Man,Nirvana
12 Return Of Jackie And Judy, The,It's Over,Home I'll Never Be
13 Walk Away,If I Have To Go,Poor Little Lamb
14 Sea Of Love,Goodnight Irene,Altar Boy
15 Buzz Fledderjohn,Fall Of Troy, The,Pontiac, The
16 Rains On Me,Take Care Of All My Children,Spidey's Wild Ride
17 Down There By The Train,King Kong
18 Danny Says,On The Road
19 Jayne's Blue Wish,[Untitled Track]
20 Young At Heart,[Untitled Track]
Disc 3
0 DISC 1: BRAWLERS:,DISC 2: BAWLERS:,DISC 3: BASTARDS:
1 Lie To Me,Bend Down The Branches,What Keeps Mankind Alive
2 Low Down,You Can Never Hold Back Spring,Children's Story
3 2:19,Long Way Home,Heigh Ho
4 Fish In The Jailhouse,Widow's Grove,Army Ants
5 Bottom Of The World,Little Drop Of Poison,Books Of Moses
6 Lucinda,Shiny Things,Bone Chain
7 Ain't Goin' Down to the Well,World Keeps Turning,Two Sisters
8 Lord I've Been Changed,Tell It To Me,First Kiss
9 Puttin' On The Dog,Never Let Go,Dog Door
10 Road To Peace,Fannin Street,Redrum
11 All The Time,Little Man,Nirvana
12 Return Of Jackie And Judy, The,It's Over,Home I'll Never Be
13 Walk Away,If I Have To Go,Poor Little Lamb
14 Sea Of Love,Goodnight Irene,Altar Boy
15 Buzz Fledderjohn,Fall Of Troy, The,Pontiac, The
16 Rains On Me,Take Care Of All My Children,Spidey's Wild Ride
17 Down There By The Train,King Kong
18 Danny Says,On The Road
19 Jayne's Blue Wish,[Untitled Track]
20 Young At Heart,[Untitled Track]
Reviews
ReviewSource Entertainment Weekly
Review "[The set] adds a truckload of characters....Familiar, compelling, and tugging out empathy." Grade: A
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Mojo
Review With his unfussy brushstrokes, umber hues and humanely honest delight in warts and all, he is the Rembrandt of modern music."
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer
ReviewRating 10
Product Attributes
Artist Waits,Tom
Music Format Compact Disc
Quotes
Rolling Stone 'Tell It to Me' and the recycled 'The Fall of Troy' are genre classics right up there with Wait's bumptious claims on 'Young at Heart' and 'Goodnight Irene'.
Q Magazine Bawlers is Asylum-vintage Waits. Piano and death-rattle voice to the fore, here he's wreathed in smoke, down at the bottom of a bottle.

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