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Nighthawks at the Diner

Tom Waits Audio CD
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1. Opening Intro
2. Emotional Weather Report
3. Intro
4. On A Foggy Night
5. Intro
6. Eggs And Sausage (In A Cadillac With Susan ....)
7. Intro
8. Better Off Without A Wife
9. Nighthawk Postcards (From Easy Street)
10. Intro
11. Warm Beer And Cold Women
12. Intro
13. Putnam County
14. Spare Parts I (A Nocturnal Emission)
15. Nobody
16. Intro
17. Big Joe And Phantom 309
18. Spare Parts II And Closing

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As tour guide on a trip through the midnight-to-dawn streets of Los Angeles that the beautiful people never see through the smoked- glass windows of their limos, Waits details the lives of hipsters, down-and-outers, and lost causes in latter-day beat poetry and small- jazz-combo arrangements. This live album from 1975 almost has the quality of standup comedy, but the routines are richer and more carefully drawn. Check out the vivid detail, low humor, and hooker- with-a-heart-of-gold emotionalism Waits brings to songs such as "Nighthawk Postcards", "Putnam County", and a memorable reading of trucker poet Red Sovine's "Big Joe and Phantom 309". --Daniel Durchholz

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Tom recited his evocative jazz poetry (and fired off new rounds of wicked humor) for a live in-studio audience on this 1975 double-LP. He introduces the songs and digs into details of late-night life in LA as you hear Nighthawk Postcards; Putnam County; Emotional Weather Report; Better Off Without a Wife; On a Foggy Night; Warm Beer and Cold Women , and more. His first charting album, now available on CD or double-vinyl!

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great classic April 19 2009
Format:Audio CD
One of Wait's best. He's a poet, funny, musical and actually can sing! Check out his singing on "One From the Heart" soundtrack. I love Waits
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3.0 out of 5 stars RAW AS OLD WHISKY Feb. 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
In "Nighthawks at the Diner" Tom Waits serves up the raw
underbelly of society like scrambled eggs in a cool skillet.
When I first heard this album I was immediately reminded
of the 1950s beat poets of the lost generation. The despair,
and desperation of harbored souls howls through the back
alleys of desolation row. This is America the beautiful.
The inevitable outcome of the Industrial Revolution.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A true bar buddy Feb. 11 2004
Format:Audio CD
Listening to this album is like sitting in a booth across from Tom one-on-one. "Let me tug on your coat for a while" he rasps. While these are not his very best songs they are greatly entertaining. Mr. Waits has more one-liners than Henny Youngman. His story about a cup of coffee "too weak to defend itself" against a rowdy veal cutlet is priceless. He may sound like he's three sheets in the wind but I'm convinced that no one could deliver such a magnificent live performance PUI (performing under the influence). A good cd to put on when you're driving alone at night.
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3.0 out of 5 stars upon a foggy night Nov. 1 2003
By Kawika
Format:Audio CD
This is some awesome music. Not only is tom witty, he plays tunes that rip into your soul, and make you hungry. Not recommended for anyone on an empty stomach...Lord knows what you might end up eating...or where it's been
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5.0 out of 5 stars He does it again!!!! Oct. 4 2003
Format:Audio CD
An essential for a Waits fan. A great example of barroom music at its best. The songs "warm beer and cold women(need I say more)","better without a wife", and "Big Joe and the phantom 309" are great tracks. Waits makes you feel you are sitting in the bar with him!!! Waits is in a class of his own!
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Tom waits has lyrics that will make you feel- doesn't matter how they will. In "Nighthawks at the diner" his words blend together with the rythem and the listener's emotions so well it's unbelievable. Throughout the whole live album, you could hear the distinct (and talented) stand-up bass player plucking at the strings under Mr. Waits' one of a kind voice and these combinations spark such ideas and sentiments. Tom Waits has always been my favorite musican since he is so experimental but successful in every album of his, you never get bored of his music. There is always a new play on words to pay attention to or a major detail in the melody. This album (nor any Waits album) shouldn't be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early Waits June 5 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
You will not hear these songs done this way live today, this is early vintage stuff that is really untouchable by any nightclub singer. If you were lucky enough to catch the young Waits live in a small club in the 70s you saw the best. If not, buy this, turn down the lights, pour a tall one and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Poetry of the Everyman Aug. 22 2002
Format:Audio CD
Featuring a solid band, cool hooks, fantastic beat poetry, and the smokiest, gravelliest voice on record, this is probably Waits' finest work. Although not recorded "live" in the traditional sense, the presence of the studio audience generates plenty of ambience and gives Waits somebody to relate to - his spoken word introductions to most of the songs help draw us into his world, get us past his gruff exterior, and present us with that crucial everyman persona. Working on the darker side of the cocktail jazz strip, the ensemble is also one of the best Waits has ever had. The presence of pianist Mike Melvoin gives the band a strength and solidity that is sometimes lacking in Waits' own keyboard playing, and Pete Christlieb on tenor sax adds plenty of urban sensual warmth. Special mention goes to Jim Hughart's upright bass, which is appropriately striding during the "beat" numbers (the pun-filled "Emotional Weather Report" and "Spare Parts 1" in particular), and mournful during the booze ballads, even using the bow during the warmly nostalgic (almost Garrison Keillor-esque) "Putnam County". But of course the real standout is Waits and the provocative beat poetry that makes him the Charles Bukowski of modern music. Waits has an intense sound with a voice that immediately identifies him as an outsider - rough, gritty, not-quite-broken, but almost "more than a good man could bear". His natural milieu is the barroom wherever it can be found - urban nightclubs to rural roadhouses and any establishment in between where a man who's down on his luck can find a few hours of forgetfulness - but he can also sometimes be located in all-night diners, abandoned roads, and late-night cheap hotels. Read more ›
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