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Orphans (2006)

Artist: Tom Waits
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Format: CD
Sku: 203532933
UPC: 045778684427
UPC 14: 00045778684427
Release Date: 12/12/2006
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
0. 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
Song Title
0. 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
Song Title
0. 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
 
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

"'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
"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 Magazine

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.

Producer: Tom Waits; Kathleen Brennan
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Tom Waits - Orphans; Brawlers, Bawlers, and Bastards - CD
By: Ben Snider Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 12/17/2006 9:32 AM
His latest disc, Orphans; Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards, is a collection of never before released music that is both stunning and thought provoking. Waits intelligence is evident in the lyrics of his songs. “Along The Road to Peace” illustrates this with his take on Middle East violence. Waits’ raspy method of delivery is as unique as the man himself and in the cut “Bottom of the World” you might actually think that a hobo is singing the song. ...read the full review

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Muze Music Compilations Late Great Daniel Johnston:discovered
Muze Music Compilations Wire:and All The Pieces Matter (ost)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations When Life Gives You Lemons You Paint(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations An Album To Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program (Deluxe Edition)
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Muze Music Compilations Son Of Rogues Gallery:pirate Ballads
Muze Music Compilations High Tone Years

Associated Artists and Works

Temptation ~ Cole, Holly
Gayle, Crystal
Original Soundtrack
Big Time ~ Original Soundtrack
Mercy and Grand: The Music of Tom Waits & Kathleen ~ Walker, Jess

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/28/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2006
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 868442
Music Label Name Label : Anti (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 3
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00045778684427

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."

Entertainment Weekly 9 of 10
"[The set] adds a truckload of characters....Familiar, compelling, and tugging out empathy." Grade: A

Mojo 10 of 10
With his unfussy brushstrokes, umber hues and humanely honest delight in warts and all, he is the Rembrandt of modern music."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Waits,Tom
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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