|1. Ol' '55|
|2. I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You|
|3. Virginia Avenue|
|4. Old Shoes (& Picture Postcards)|
|5. Midnight Lullaby|
|9. Ice Cream Man|
|10. Little Trip To Heaven (On The Wings Of Your Love)|
|11. Grapefruit Moon|
|12. Closing Time|
Below is my take on each song on the album. It is not a perfect album. There are some weak tracks. But it is an album that every self respecting music fan should own.
Ol' 55 - Arguably the best song he has ever written and that is saying quite a bit for such a legendary musician.
I Hope That I Don't... - From a great song to this you may think he's not as good as you thought. Be patient, it gets better. This song is reminiscent of the Bob Dylan song 'Eternal Circle' (See the 'Bootleg Series Vol. 1-3'). It is told in that conversational style that Dylan used. In my opinion, one of the weaker tracks, but still not so bad you would want to skip it.
Virginia Avenue - A jazzy song that is a little glimpse of what is to come from Tom Waits.
Old Shoes - This is what country music should sound like. A great song with an inviting groove.
Midnight Lullaby - Sounds best after two or three Jack and Coke's. Another great one.
Martha - Beautiful. If I weren't a grown man it would make me cry. If you've ever tried to reconnect with a lover you wish you never lost, this song will take you back to how you felt.
Rosie - A 'come back lover' song that actually sounds cool.
Lonely - Here's where the album takes a down turn. This is very much a skip-able track. A good reason why sometimes you shouldn't write music on the piano. Sometimes it just doesn't work to be signing the same notes you're playing.Read more ›
Thank you, Tom, for giving us "Martha", "Grapefruit Moon", "Closing Time", and all of the other amazing songs on this record; in a loose way, you gave us the soundtrack to Bukowski's "You Get So Alone at Times...". To all other Waits fans, or those checking out Tom for the first time, absolutely get this record.
Here are some of the album's highlights:
Ol' 55's laid back country charm is now a classic. The backing vocals are memorable and the piano arrangement is simple yet brilliant.
I Hope that I Don't Fall in Love with You strikes you as a simple ballad at first. Then it becomes a part of you. The guitar arrangements and that beautiful lyrical pause: "Now it's closing tiiiiime...... the music's fading out" is perfect.
The bluesy Virginia Avenue with its muted trumpet is gorgeous. It foreshadows future masterpieces such as Fumblin' with the Blues and Invitation to the Blues.
Midnight Lullaby has the same Virginia Avenue feel. Great trumpet arrangements and closes out with a great "lullabying" piano.
Martha is one of the highlights of the album. The opening lines are full of melancholy and beautiful melodies. Then comes the change of tempo with the "weeping" strings and Tom's penetrating voice. Amazing.
Grapefruit Moon has to be one of the greatest songs of all time. Something truly "breaks inside".
And the closing instrumental Closing Time is the perfect finisher. One of the great masterpieces of the 20th century.