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Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards (3 CDs) Box set, Best of
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"A lot of songs that fell behind the stove while making dinner" is how Tom Waits describes his new three-disc set, Orphans. The collection goes far beyond a simple career retrospective, with over 30 newly recorded songs - from Wait's own versions of songs he gave to other artist to some "things I recorded in the garage with the kids" - while over two thirds of the material has never been heard before now. In addition to the new work, Orphans features a number of tracks finding a home on a Waits album for the first time. The first disc, called Brawlers, is chock full of raucous blues and full-throated juke-joint stomp; second disc Bawlers contains Celtic and country ballads, waltzes, lullabies, piano and classic lyrical Wait's songs, while third disc Bastards is filled with experimental music, stories and jokes.
With these astounding 54 songs (plus two bonus tracks) Tom Waits has added a vital new work to his catalog. The title, Orphans, refers to the songs either being from a range of outside projects, various impulses, and whims, or simply not having found a place on the albums for which they were intended. While that scenario has constituted a stopgap measure for lesser artists, this set stands alongside Waits's finest work. He has shaped it into three separate discs, each one separately titled after the prevailing character of its tracks and playing with its own mood and dramatic arc. Brawlers favors raucousness and uptempo grinds and grooves, while Bawlers showcases balladry and the more overtly poetic. Bastards is a funhouse of angular characters, spiky anecdotes, shaggy dogs, and even a Kurt Weill cover. The set offers everything from the amped-up rockabilly hiccuping of "Lie to Me" to the breathtaking perfection of "Shiny Things," and from the outraged political reporting of "Road to Peace" to the closing-time lament of "Little Man." --David Greenberger
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This is not for first time buyers but people who know Wait's music but you don't need to be a completes to enjoy it. But if you want to check him out your better off with "Small Change" or "Bone Machine" to start. If you have any of his records and like what you have heard you should check this out. The music is from a long period of time so you do get a taste of all the styles he has gone through.
I love that artists are doing this now instead of letting some record company put a sub par collection out after their death. Like Neil Young said about his huge retrospectives (that are out or coming out) that he wants to do it right and then burn the rest.
This collection, "Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards" is something else. It is easy for me to see why most of these songs were left off previous albums. Compared to Waits' output over the years, these songs just don't measure up. If you MUST have everything available from Waits, then by all means get hold of this collection, but most of these tracks do not hold up to repeated listing.
For those who want to get some of Tom Wait's finest work, one can recommend the best-of collection "Beautiful Maladies: The Island Years." One would also not want to miss "Mule Variations," "Blood Money," or "Alice"--CDs that do indeed hold up to repeated listening and time. To me, "Orphans" represents the discernment Tom Waits and his producers have shown over the years by previously rejecting these songs.
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