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Rain Dogs Import


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  • Audio CD (June 15 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B000001FFJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

1. Singapore
2. Clap Hands
3. Cemetery Polka
4. Jockey Full Of Bourbon
5. Tango Till They're Sore
6. Big Black Mariah
7. Diamonds And Gold
8. Hang Down Your Head
9. Time
10. Rain Dogs
11. Midtown
12. 9th And Hennepin
13. Gun Street Girl
14. Union Square
15. Blind Love
16. Walking Spanish
17. Downtown Train
18. Bride Of Rain Dog
19. Anywhere I Lay My Head

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The middle album of a trilogy that includes Swordfishtrombones and Franks Wild Years, Rain Dogs is definitely Waits's best enduring effort so far. The songs are first-rate, and there are a lot of them--19 in all, ranging from grim nightlife memoirs ("9th and Hennepin," "Singapore") to portraits of small-time hustlers ("Gun Street Girl", "Union Square") to bursts of street-corner philosophy ("Blind Love", "Time"). The album also contains the original version of "Downtown Train", which Rod Stewart turned into a smash hit. The image of "rain dogs"--animals who've lost their way home because the rain has washed away their scent--is an appropriate symbol for the entire cast of characters Waits has brought to life over the years. --Daniel Durchholz

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sierra Wilson on Jan. 20 2004
Format: Audio CD
It is rare for any lyricist to pen a verse as good as "Make sure they play my theme song I guess daisies will have to do/Just get me to New Orleans and paint shadows on the pews/Turn the spit on that pig and kick the drum and let me down/Put my clarinet beneath your bed 'til I get back in town/Let me fall out of the window with confetti in my hair." It is even rarer for such a brilliant poet to give life to his words by means of a truly authentic, ravagedly bluesy voice. Rarely does anyone approach the genius displayed by Tom Waits on the epochal "Rain Dogs."
Waits functions almost like a sponge for every style of American music of the last century; you can hear within the howling, sepia tones of his roughened voice the distant echoes of blues, jazz, ragtime, folk, country, and old school rock 'n roll. Yet for all of his homage to roots music, Waits displays a creative cunning and adventurousness that is seldom seen among singer-songwriters. Take, for example, his adroit use of percussion backdrops--never does he take the easy way out and use a simple drum pattern, opting instead to craft a pulsing rhythmic collage that drifts unsettingly beneath an array of icepick guitar (courtesy of Marc Ribot and, in some places, Keith Richards) and bar-room piano. Such an approach only hints at Waits' unique genius and his seemless mastery of American music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By vidar on Oct. 19 2003
Format: Audio CD
I would like to be Tom Waits for five minuits, just to experience what it's really like to be so shamelessly brilliant. "Rain Dogs" is unquestionably one of Waits' best albums (not that he has ever made an even mediocre one), and it's on my list for the 10 best albums ever made. This is the one to choose if you want to introduce Tom Waits for a newcomer. First time I heard music from the album was at a cinema, watching Jim Jarmush's magnificent "Down by Law". It goes without saying that film is a must see for fans of Tom Waits, not just because he has a prominent role in it, but because the atmosphere of the entire film fits the universe of Tom Waits like a glove. Seventeen years later, I never get tired of listening to "Rain Dogs". An album like this one is simply more than our sad world deserves.
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Format: Audio CD
after reading some of the reviews, I realized that the problem is,his stuff is quite diverse from album to album, so it ends up being a matter of personnal taste (unless your tastes run from one end of the spectrum to the other, in which case anything you buy of his will be a score) And personnally, I like everything Tom Waits has done. But if you're relatively new to him (maybe you've heard a song or two and you're looking for more of the same?) then definately investigate everything he's done to figure out which is best for you (i.e. you've heard some raw, folky-ballad-type stuff and you'd like more of that, then get "Small Change". If what you've heard so far is a different, jazzy-noisy-funky-bazaar mix of sounds that you can't quite define but you want more of that, then get "Swordfish Trombones")For some, I think it matters which album you pick up first because it could effect your opinion of him (again, depending on what your preferences are) and it would be a shame if you chose wrong and dismissed him as someone you didn't like. You'd miss out on an awful lot. I believe he's done something for everyone and he's done it well every single time and I believe if you choose wisely the first time, you'll fall in love with his sound and eventually want to buy it all anyway... Having said all that, I think this album is fantastic and I think it's diverse enough within itself to please everyone on some level. I've had it since it came out and I still play it often; it does not get old, ever. Buy it, and you won't be dissappointed, at the same time, investigate all his stuff and treat yourself with more than JUST this one.
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Format: Audio CD
Tom Waits is brilliant. "Rain Dogs" is brilliant. Looking through these reviews, it's very obvious that the record is acknowledged by many as a success of rare proportions. That's a safe statement. After all who can listen to these songs - "Time", "Diamonds & Gold", "Blind Love", "Anywhere I Lay My Head", "Singapore" and the rest - and not be touched by them?
I first heard this album in 1985, or possibly 1986, and it caught me in a real big way. Actually, I've been a confessed Waits fan ever since I first heard him sing his GUTS OUT in Jersey Girl. I remember I was blow away by a concert on TV in 1984, the day before I saw Bob Dylan for the first time. Don't know how many times I've put "Rain Dogs" on over the years and found myself taken by his sensitivity. The feelings in a song like "Time" or "Blind Love" will always be precious to me.
This is an adventure. In fact from the time you go onboard the ship sailing for Singapore to the time you close up the experience Tom Waits give you with "Anywhere I Lay My Head" you'll be quite impressed.
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