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20 tracks from the barfly poet including Lucky Day, Flash Pan Hunter; Crossroads; Gospel Train; Oily Night; The Last Rose of Summer; Carnival , and more.
Summoned to Hamburg, Germany, to write music for a live stage production of Robert Wilson's The Black Rider, musical mastermind Waits took to the task at hand with gusto, assembling an eclectic crew of musicians to become "the pit band [he'd] always dreamed of." Several years later Waits assembled another "orchestra" in San Francisco to record many of the songs he'd written for the live production. Those tracks are found here, alongside a few rough gems from sessions in Hamburg. You'll find some musical matter familiar to Waits fans: accordions, carnivals, violas, banjos, the devil (a key figure in The Black Rider), a singing saw, bassoons, and trombones. Waits' many voices tell the rather disjointed story with a variety of musical styling, and the assembled whole is pretty much a sum of its parts (but at least they're interesting parts): a touch of Day of the Dead, a whiff of carny, a nod to Brecht, a dash of film noir, and the scent of narcosis (William Burroughs makes an appearance here). Not easy listening, by any means, but a feast for the ears. --Lorry Fleming
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When dealing with Tom Waits, again, it doesn't really matter. Few of us were lucky enough to be hanging around the Thalia theatre when The Black Rider had its run ... I wasn't even ten years old at the time! Even fewer of us could recite the Black Rider story on call; it's an old German folk tale that was also set to music by Carl Maria von Weber in the 19th century. Consequently, I know little more about the illustrious old tale than I could gather from the liner notes here. But I still love the album dearly.
The more releases we see from living legend Waits, the more it seems that he can't make a CD without the stamp of brilliance on it. Some of these songs easily rank with the best of his career. "Just the Right Bullets" is mind-blowing, and the instrumental backing has a sound I haven't found in any of Waits' other work. "The Briar and the Rose," with its allusions to Waits' wife, Kathleen Brennan, is among the very best of his ballads. Nor is there any way to beat the carnival-barking announcement of the opening track, announcing an exhibition of "human oddities." Indeed.
What makes The Black Rider unusual, perhaps, is the presense of a large number of instrumentals.Read more ›
Those who know that albulm can expect an explosion of the themes and sounds addressed there. Imagine Bone Machine transformed into an opera, performed on a cold, cloudy day in a German ruin, and given the mordant tones of a Burroughs monologue. The distant beauty of public ruins, symphonies of chains and accordions, dirt in the ground.
If you devote yourself a little to this recording you will pine to see the play is scored. After a while you may be able to imagine it yourself...
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This is probably very nice to drink whiskey and smoke cigars to. As a piece of musical theatre it is mainly confusing. Read morePublished on May 21 2004 by Dvarg
I think it's Based on Weber's 'Der Freishutz' but I could be mistaken, the idea for it may be a common theme. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2003 by John C. Martine
Black Rider is one of the most original, thought provoking, interesting, and just plain one of the best cds out there. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2003 by email@example.com
I was always of the opinion that Tom's years at Island Records were his most ingenius (though this year's double release of "Alice" and "Blood Money" quite possibly changed all... Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2002 by C. Helton
Upon first listen I felt disappointed with Waits' BLACK RIDER, hearing the same stuff I didn't like on BONE MACHINE (which I realize was/is hailed by many as one of Waits' finest... Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2001 by Mark Begley
This album competes with Bone Machine for the place of Wait's best work. It's difficult, chaotic, and not for everyone, but those willing to make the effort to understand its... Read morePublished on May 31 2001 by ckdexterhaven
Almost every review addresses how hard this album is to listen to. I am likely part of a small minority that immediately loved the Black Rider. Read morePublished on May 9 2001
It's dark, cold, intense, scary and very very addictive. Ever since a friend gave me the CD I have a hard time not listening to it whenever I have a spare moment. Read morePublished on March 14 2001 by D. Ghica