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Franks Wild Years

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Tom Waits (1983): "This stage thing for me is a West Broadway musical revue for lack of a better description of it. For a video, men in retro suits with Stetson hats could very easily strut and snap their fingers to the beat of this song, down a dark alley. It was one of all-time-great LPs to start with, but for me this is the definitive version, and I can't recommend it highly enough.

So it is impossible to hear Innocent When You Dream (a particularly good song on this album) without seeing barroom grotesques, squeezing tears from their faces as they howl out the tune. I suspect that it went missing in a house move, along with many other favourites that I am gradually replacing. Various versions of " Way Down in the Hole" were used as the theme music for the HBO series The Wire, including Waits' original version for the second season. The song appeared in five different guises by five different artists, one for each season, with the Waits version itself oddly appearing second on season two.Well, uh, all of Frank's shortcomings rise up before him, right in the middle of him bragging in the bar. Titled for a play of the same name and authored by Waits and his wife, Kathleen Brennan, Franks Wild Years was performed by Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1986.

Subtitled “Un Operachi Romantico in Two Acts”, the album is an adaptation of a stage play Waits wrote and preformed in. The final offering of the cycle, Frank’s Wild Years, is in some respects the one that stands out as the most individual. Blues fumosi, marcette jazz da locale malfamato, musica da cabaret berlinese, anni 30 o già di li, innocue melodie sdolcinate sporcate, violentate da arrangiamenti tanto scarni quanto magistrali, musica da film muto ovviamente in bianco e nero, questo è "Frank's wild years", questo in fondo è Tom Waits, il mio vecchio amico Waits. It's a Tom Waits album, and I cannot envisage giving less than five stars to anything that bears his name.

Like Bowie, he truly is a one-off: a blend of composer and performer who really cares about music and is not afraid to go out on a limb.

When you first here it, it sounds so diverse it's like flicking channels when you're drunk in a hotel room someplace far away.Apparently the play was first planned to be staged in New York City, but somehow things didn't work out. He always wanted a bit of a rub in everything, and when we got that right he seemed to be relatively satisfied. Che mastica di tutto, dal jazz (e questo ai miei occhi gli fa guadagnare molti punti) alla musica di Broadway, dalla musica da cabaret a quella gitana, dal rock al punk e tante altre cose ancora.

Elated to see that the Tom Waits albums are being reissued, one, I can retire the originals which are now too damn valuable to be playing, and two, Waits becomes available on vinyl for some for the first time. E io ogni tanto una bevuta in compagnia di Waits me la faccio molto volentieri, adesso ancor di più da quando con noi si è aggiunta mia figlia Elena. Waits' classic arsenal of Coney Island ditties, Gypsy dance and circus marches are the center point while the lyrics beautifully paint the theme of the album. It's gonna actually unfold, unravel like - or I'm going to unravel, I don't know which is gonna come first.I was recently overtaken by an urge to listen to "Innocent When You Dream", which to me was the outstanding track on the album. The songwriting is, of course, legendary with some of Tom’s finest songs decorated in that trash can production he favored during this era.

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