The Early Years, Vol. 2 Best of
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|1. Hope I Don't Fall In Love With You|
|2. Ol' 55|
|3. Mockin' Bird|
|4. In Between Love|
|5. Blue Skies|
|7. I Want You|
|8. Shiver Me Timbers|
|9. Grapefruit Moon|
|10. Diamonds On My Windshield|
|11. Please Call Me, Baby|
|12. So It Goes|
|13. Old Shoes|
Many songs from Tom's first two LPs first showed up here: Ol' 55; I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love with You; Grapefruit Moon; Old Shoes; Shiver Me Timbers; Diamonds on My Windshield , and Please Call Me, Baby . They join Mockin' Bird; Nobody; I Want You , and more!
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Top Customer Reviews
The growling vocals of the 2nd half of Waits' career conjure up agony, whiskey, and psychosis in a way that no one else can. It's easy to understand why people are drawn to it. The Early Years 2 is as mellow as that later stuff is intense, and with it you get Tom actually singing in his real, natural voice. The only other musician that gives you such amazing songwriting combined with acoustic guitar on the same albums is Dylan. They're both on a short list of my favorite musical geniuses so I won't get into that comparison other than to say that I've never met Zimmy's mom, but I'm guessing even she'd tell you that Waits is the better singer.
The bottom line is, this is essential Tom Waits. With 7 of these tracks, you're getting slightly rougher versions of songs available on his first 2 albums. It's interesting to compare them to the later versions and hear the effects of production and of a young artists' development. The 6 songs that you can't get elsewhere are the polar opposite of his future howling madman persona - a folk singer singing calmly yet powerfully about things everyone can relate to.
As long as you don't have a hang up about Waits having to sound like the Swordfish Trombones to Mule Variations era, I think you'll find this to be money well spent.
Most recent customer reviews
You read that right. This is a beautiful collection, you'll never get a more intimate disc with Mr. Waits. Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2002 by dan bern's capo
Just one of those fantastic discoveries you can make when checking out old stuff. Very different to anything from later decades, but the passion in the voice is there. Read morePublished on June 3 2002
. . . gets better with age. Still some wonderful stuff here. "I Want You" is one of his best.Published on Jan. 10 2000
this album shows just how much closing time could be better if they wouldnt produced it so bad. beautifull innocence songs in a very intimic atmosphere.Published on Aug. 18 1999
Sorry, but anyone who thinks this album is horrible has no feelings towards some great love songs. His voice in this album with the beautiful lyrics get me goosebumps all over. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 1999