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Small Change (1976)

Artist: Tom Waits
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Format: CD
Sku: 60078057
UPC: 075596061223
UPC 14: 00075596061223
Release Date: 2/7/1989
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Tom Traubert's Blues ~ Tom Waits
2. Step Right Up ~ Tom Waits
3. Jitterbug Boy ~ Tom Waits
4. I Wish I Was In New Orleans ~ Tom Waits
5. Piano Has Been Drinking,, The (Not Me) ~ Tom Waits
6. Invitation To The Blues ~ Tom Waits
7. Pasties And A G-String ~ Tom Waits
8. Bad Liver And A Broken Heart ~ Tom Waits
9. One That Got Away, The ~ Tom Waits
10. Small Change ~ Tom Waits
11. I Can't Wait To Get Off Work ~ Tom Waits
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Tom Waits (vocals, piano); Harry Bluestone, Israel Baker, Nathan Kaproff, Nathan Ross, Murray Adler (violin); Sam Boghossian, David Schwartz (viola); Ed Lustgarden, Kathleen Lustgarden (cello); Lew Tabackin (tenor saxophone); Jim Hughart (bass); Shelly Manne (drums).
Muze PNote Recorded at Wally Heider Recording, Hollywood, California in July 1976.
Muze PNote Unquestionably the definitive recording of Waits' early period, SMALL CHANGE brings his beatnik/grifter/gruff, poetic piano man persona into sharp, defining focus. Waits' blues/jazz/'40s pop amalgam is at its most cohesive here, as he's backed by three West Coast jazz vets and an occasional (never overweening) string section. "Tom Traubert's Blues," later covered by Rod Stewart, is a milestone, and one of the greatest cry-in-your-beer tunes of all time. Waits plays the down-and-out, alcohol-ravaged troubadour to perfection here as well as on "Invitation to the Blues" and the devastating "Bad Liver and a Broken Heart," where one can almost smell the cheap whiskey on his breath.
Muze PNote It's not all misery, though. There's plenty of humor on the huckster/auctioneer rap of "Step Right Up" and the bad-gig nightmare of "The Piano Has Been Drinking [Not Me])." "The One That Got Away" and the title cut continue the aural dimestore novel approach Waits began early in his career. Things end with a quiet, romantic gesture; the poignant, understated 4 AM wistfulness of "I Can't Wait to Get Off Work." If you buy only one Waits '70s album, it should be this one.

Producer: Bones Howe

Engineer: Bones Howe

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Shelly Manne

Artist Overview

Tom Waits started out in the early 1970s as a piano-based barroom balladeer with a penchant for beat poetry and West Coast jazz. By the late '80s he had mutated into a brilliantly adventurous artist whose style suggested an amalgam of Howlin' Wolf, Kurt Weill, and Captain Beefheart. Ever the theatrical figure, Waits also found success as an actor in several films. He's also worked on numerous theatrical/musical projects with avant-garde theater king Robert Wilson. Though generally regarded as a cult artist, he's widely respected, and everyone from Rod Stewart to the Eagles to the Ramones has covered his songs.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Basquiat
Muze Music Compilations For the Kids
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 Dead Man Walking / O.s.t.(w/ Bonus DVD)
Muze Music Compilations An Album To Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program (Deluxe Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Son Of Rogues Gallery:pirate Ballads
Muze Music Compilations Free The West Memphis 3-Benefi
Muze Music Compilations Friends Of Mine
Muze Music Compilations Shrek 2
Muze Music Compilations American Music:hightone Records Story
Muze Music Compilations Red Hot & Blue
Muze Music Compilations Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music From Vintage Disney Films
Muze Music Compilations Anti Pop
Muze Music Compilations An Album To Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program (Deluxe Edition)

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 : 02/03/1989
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1976
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 7559606122
Music Label Name Label : Elektra (Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00075596061223

Professional Reviews

Q (10/92, p.101)
- 3 Stars - Good - "...encapsulates his worldview..."

Mojo (Publisher)
(p.76)
- 5 stars out of 5 -- "Here we see the skid row poet and the spot-lit entertainer take flight while a band of seedy outcasts look on. Tom Waits had arrived."

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