Streetlight Records

Tom Waits - The Island Years

Tom Waits

Quick View

2023 Marks forty years since Tom Waits releasedSwordfishtrombones,ushering in a new and critically acclaimed musical era for Waits and his longtime songwriting and production partner, Brennan.Waits went from 70s-era bluesy, boozy wordsmith and melodist with seven albums behind him to sound sculptor, miner of the subconscious, abstract orchestrator, sonic cubistwhile retaining his innate lyricism, melodic invention, humanity. As he put it in a 1983 interview: I tried to listen to the noise in my head and invent some junkyard orchestral deviationa mutant apparatus to drive this noise into a wreck collection. Its a Waits-arranged pastiche, a variety of atmospheres from different sound planets. There is the warped, marching-army-ants music of Underground, an impressionist chant about people living below cities, but there was also the poignancy of the spare piano ballad, Soldiers Things, the good bar yarn, Franks Wild Years, the tender, minimalist paean to Waits wife and muse, Kathleen, Johnsburg, Illinois, and the raggedy anthem to neighborhood chaos, In the Neighborhood.

On Swordfishtrombones, Waits has made a breakthrough hes found music as evocative as his words. Waitss grumble of a voice now bounces off a peculiar assortment of horns and percussion and organ and keyboards, as if hed led a Salvation Army band into a broken-down Hong Kong disco. Its as if hes shifted from monologues to screenplays Jon Parales January 1984 GQ Magazine

The album is newly remastered for the first time ever from the original EQed production master tape and personally overseen by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan. Mastered byChris BellmanatBernie Grundman Masteringunder the guidance of Waits longtime audio engineer,Karl Derfler.The album packaging has also been restored. Available as a CD digipack.

Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones: Remastered Edition
$14.98 Video
Quick View

2023 Marks forty years since Tom Waits releasedSwordfishtrombones,ushering in a new and critically acclaimed musical era for Waits and his longtime songwriting and production partner, Brennan.Waits went from 70s-era bluesy, boozy wordsmith and melodist with seven albums behind him to sound sculptor, miner of the subconscious, abstract orchestrator, sonic cubistwhile retaining his innate lyricism, melodic invention, humanity. As he put it in a 1983 interview: I tried to listen to the noise in my head and invent some junkyard orchestral deviationa mutant apparatus to drive this noise into a wreck collection. Its a Waits-arranged pastiche, a variety of atmospheres from different sound planets. There is the warped, marching-army-ants music of Underground, an impressionist chant about people living below cities, but there was also the poignancy of the spare piano ballad, Soldiers Things, the good bar yarn, Franks Wild Years, the tender, minimalist paean to Waits wife and muse, Kathleen, Johnsburg, Illinois, and the raggedy anthem to neighborhood chaos, In the Neighborhood.

On Swordfishtrombones, Waits has made a breakthrough hes found music as evocative as his words. Waitss grumble of a voice now bounces off a peculiar assortment of horns and percussion and organ and keyboards, as if hed led a Salvation Army band into a broken-down Hong Kong disco. Its as if hes shifted from monologues to screenplays Jon Parales January 1984 GQ Magazine

The album is newly remastered for the first time ever from the original EQed production master tape and personally overseen by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan. Mastered byChris BellmanatBernie Grundman Masteringunder the guidance of Waits longtime audio engineer,Karl Derfler.The album packaging has also been restored. Available on 180g black vinyl.

Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones: Remastered Edition [LP]
$29.99 Video
Quick View

Noted as Tom Waits most critically acclaimed album,Rain Dogsfollows the new musical path Waits had taken withSwordfishtrombones. Considered the middle of a de facto trilogy withSwordfishtrombonesandFranks Wild Years,Rain Dogsis the first of Waits albums to be written in New York, in a Lower Manhattan basement. A 53-minute, 19-track monster,Rain Dogsis a kind of mutant, late 20thcentury musical Canterbury Tales with a shape-shifting band. There are banjos and marimbas and bowed saw and parade drum and howling horns (andKeith RichardsandMarc Ribot) on this rollicking, rough-hewn opusand Waits, using his voice in increasingly weird-and-wild ways. The songs are stories, sagas, laments, breakdowns, character studies, comedies and cabaret numbers. Theres the aching Hang Down Your Head, and the moving anthem, Downtown Train, which was covered by Patti Smith and Rod Stewart.

Waits coined the term, rain dog, a reference to dogs who lose their way when touchstone scents are washed away in storms. Among the lost dogs on the album: gruff, wandering merchant marines (Singapore), an accordion player in a slaughterhouse (Cemetery Polka), a jockey full of bourbon (also the song title), an abandoned, withdrawn woman (Time), a gun street girl, the old drunks and hustlers of Union Square, and even Waits, himself:Aboard a shipwreck train / Give my umbrella to the Rain Dogs / For I am a Rain Dog, too...

Originally released in 1985 on Island Records, the album is newly remastered for the first time ever from the original flat master tape and personally overseen by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan.Mastered byChris BellmanatBernie Grundman Masteringunder the guidance of Waits longtime audio engineer,Karl Derfler.The album packaging has also been restored.Rain Dogsincludes tracks such as Downtown Train, Clap Hands and Jockey Full Of Bourbon. Available as a CD digipack.

Tom Waits - Rain Dogs: Remastered Edition
$14.98 Video
Quick View

Noted as Tom Waits most critically acclaimed album,Rain Dogsfollows the new musical path Waits had taken withSwordfishtrombones. Considered the middle of a de facto trilogy withSwordfishtrombonesandFranks Wild Years,Rain Dogsis the first of Waits albums to be written in New York, in a Lower Manhattan basement. A 53-minute, 19-track monster,Rain Dogsis a kind of mutant, late 20thcentury musical Canterbury Tales with a shape-shifting band. There are banjos and marimbas and bowed saw and parade drum and howling horns (andKeith RichardsandMarc Ribot) on this rollicking, rough-hewn opusand Waits, using his voice in increasingly weird-and-wild ways. The songs are stories, sagas, laments, breakdowns, character studies, comedies and cabaret numbers. Theres the aching Hang Down Your Head, and the moving anthem, Downtown Train, which was covered by Patti Smith and Rod Stewart.

Waits coined the term, rain dog, a reference to dogs who lose their way when touchstone scents are washed away in storms. Among the lost dogs on the album: gruff, wandering merchant marines (Singapore), an accordion player in a slaughterhouse (Cemetery Polka), a jockey full of bourbon (also the song title), an abandoned, withdrawn woman (Time), a gun street girl, the old drunks and hustlers of Union Square, and even Waits, himself:Aboard a shipwreck train / Give my umbrella to the Rain Dogs / For I am a Rain Dog, too...

Originally released in 1985 on Island Records, the album is newly remastered for the first time ever from the original flat master tape and personally overseen by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan.Mastered byChris BellmanatBernie Grundman Masteringunder the guidance of Waits longtime audio engineer,Karl Derfler.The album packaging has also been restored.Rain Dogsincludes tracks such as Downtown Train, Clap Hands and Jockey Full Of Bourbon. Available on 180g black vinyl.

Tom Waits - Rain Dogs: Remastered Edition [LP]
$29.99 Video
Quick View

Originally released in 1987 on Island Records, Franks Wild Years is Tom Waits 10th studio album. Titled for a play of the same name and authored by Waits and his wife, Kathleen Brennan, Franks Wild Years was performed by Chicagos Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1986.Franks Wild Yearsis an iteration of the track Franks Wild Years from Waits 1983 albumSwordfishtrombones.

The album divides the story neatly into two acts and although titled un operachi romantic, there is no opera inFranks. There is a hilarious touch of operatic styling by Waits himself in the song Temptation. His vocal character varies wildly throughout the works 17 songs, and is no more impressive than when the gruff, growly singer turns to impeccable Sinatra-esque phrasing on the Vegas number, Straight To The Top. WhileFranksfeatured a 14-member cast on stage, the album is all-Waitsyet suggests a multitude of characters by virtue of his chameleon vocals. The album is a startling group of lost dreams, bad dreams, dreams that might not evenbedreams. The music is nightmarish, ethereal, beautiful. Think broken calliopes played by genius children, horns played at dawn in a graveyard, banjos leaking through practice room walls. Titles evoke Franks dime-store Odyssey: Straight To The Top, Blow Wind Blow, Temptation, Ill Be Gone.NMEranked the work the number five album of 1987.

Newly remastered for the first time ever from the original flat master tape and personally overseen by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan.Mastered byChris BellmanatBernie Grundman Masteringunder the guidance of Waits longtime audio engineer,Karl Derfler.The album packaging has also been restored.Franks Wild Yearsincludes tracks such as Cold Cold Ground, Way Down In The Hole versions of which were used as the theme music of HBOs seriesThe Wire and Temptation. Available as a CD digipack.

Tom Waits - Franks Wild Years: Remastered Edition
$14.98 Video
Quick View

Tom Waits

Franks Wild Years: Remastered Edition [LP]

Vinyl: $29.99 UNAVAILABLE
Video

Originally released in 1987 on Island Records, Franks Wild Years is Tom Waits 10th studio album. Titled for a play of the same name and authored by Waits and his wife, Kathleen Brennan, Franks Wild Years was performed by Chicagos Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1986.Franks Wild Yearsis an iteration of the track Franks Wild Years from Waits 1983 albumSwordfishtrombones.

The album divides the story neatly into two acts and although titled un operachi romantic, there is no opera inFranks. There is a hilarious touch of operatic styling by Waits himself in the song Temptation. His vocal character varies wildly throughout the works 17 songs, and is no more impressive than when the gruff, growly singer turns to impeccable Sinatra-esque phrasing on the Vegas number, Straight To The Top. WhileFranksfeatured a 14-member cast on stage, the album is all-Waitsyet suggests a multitude of characters by virtue of his chameleon vocals. The album is a startling group of lost dreams, bad dreams, dreams that might not evenbedreams. The music is nightmarish, ethereal, beautiful. Think broken calliopes played by genius children, horns played at dawn in a graveyard, banjos leaking through practice room walls. Titles evoke Franks dime-store Odyssey: Straight To The Top, Blow Wind Blow, Temptation, Ill Be Gone.NMEranked the work the number five album of 1987.

Newly remastered for the first time ever from the original flat master tape and personally overseen by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan.Mastered byChris BellmanatBernie Grundman Masteringunder the guidance of Waits longtime audio engineer,Karl Derfler.The album packaging has also been restored.Franks Wild Yearsincludes tracks such as Cold Cold Ground, Way Down In The Hole versions of which were used as the theme music of HBOs seriesThe Wire and Temptation. Available on 180g black vinyl.

Tom Waits - Franks Wild Years: Remastered Edition [LP]
$29.99 Video
Quick View

Originally released in 1992 on Island Records,Bone Machineis Tom Waits 11thstudio album. 5 years after Franks Wild Years,Bone Machineis a return to studio albums for Tom Waits. The album features David Hidalgo, Les Claypool, Brain and Keith Richards and won a GRAMMY for Best Alternative Music Album.

Bone Machine is rather pointedly otherworldly another edge pusher his most poetically and sonically daring work yet. Writing again with his longtime collaborator and wife, Kathleen Brennan, Waits acknowledges writing darker material saying A great many songs live there, so thats where Ive been digging lately.

Waits calls the songs onBone Machinelittle movies for the ears. He sometimes wrote them entirely from a percussion patternwhich he played on array of largely homemade instruments. One, the conundrum, was rusted pieces of farm equipment hung from a large iron crucifix. As Waits explained at the time, I have a lot of very strong rhythmic impulses, but this is not my world. I just pick something up and I hit it, and if I like the sound, it goes on. Sometimes my idiot approach serves the music.

Mortality is a recurrent theme, from Dirt In The Ground (Were all gonna be. . .) to All Stripped Down, The Ocean Doesnt Want Me (a tale of contemplated suicide), Jesus Gonna Be Here, the rambunctious paean to childhood, I DontWannaGrow Up, and certainly the broken-hearted, confessional classic Waits ballad, Whistle Down The Wind. Waits explained at the time: Yeah, ultimately, it will be a subject that you deal with. Some deal with it earlier than others, but it will be dealt with. Eventually well all have to line up and kiss the devils arse. Yet the album actually ends upliftingly, withThat Feelco-written with Keith Richards.

Newly remastered for the first time ever from the original flat master tape and personally overseen by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan.Mastered byChris BellmanatBernie Grundman Masteringunder the guidance of Waits longtime audio engineer,Karl Derfler.The album packaging has also been restored.Bone Machineincludes tracks such as Goin Out West, I Dont Wanna Grow Up and Jesus Gonna Be Here. Available as a CD digipack.

Tom Waits - Bone Machine: Remastered Edition
$13.99 Video
Quick View

Originally released in 1992 on Island Records,Bone Machineis Tom Waits 11thstudio album. 5 years after Franks Wild Years,Bone Machineis a return to studio albums for Tom Waits. The album features David Hidalgo, Les Claypool, Brain and Keith Richards and won a GRAMMY for Best Alternative Music Album.

Bone Machine is rather pointedly otherworldly another edge pusher his most poetically and sonically daring work yet. Writing again with his longtime collaborator and wife, Kathleen Brennan, Waits acknowledges writing darker material saying A great many songs live there, so thats where Ive been digging lately.

Waits calls the songs onBone Machinelittle movies for the ears. He sometimes wrote them entirely from a percussion patternwhich he played on array of largely homemade instruments. One, the conundrum, was rusted pieces of farm equipment hung from a large iron crucifix. As Waits explained at the time, I have a lot of very strong rhythmic impulses, but this is not my world. I just pick something up and I hit it, and if I like the sound, it goes on. Sometimes my idiot approach serves the music.

Mortality is a recurrent theme, from Dirt In The Ground (Were all gonna be. . .) to All Stripped Down, The Ocean Doesnt Want Me (a tale of contemplated suicide), Jesus Gonna Be Here, the rambunctious paean to childhood, I DontWannaGrow Up, and certainly the broken-hearted, confessional classic Waits ballad, Whistle Down The Wind. Waits explained at the time: Yeah, ultimately, it will be a subject that you deal with. Some deal with it earlier than others, but it will be dealt with. Eventually well all have to line up and kiss the devils arse. Yet the album actually ends upliftingly, withThat Feelco-written with Keith Richards.

Newly remastered for the first time ever from the original flat master tape and personally overseen by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan.Mastered byChris BellmanatBernie Grundman Masteringunder the guidance of Waits longtime audio engineer,Karl Derfler.The album packaging has also been restored.Bone Machineincludes tracks such as Goin Out West, I Dont Wanna Grow Up and Jesus Gonna Be Here. Available on 180g black vinyl.

Tom Waits - Bone Machine: Remastered Edition [LP]
$29.99 Video
Quick View

2023 Marks 30 years since Tom Waits releasedThe Black Rider.Originally released in 1993 on Island Records,The Black Rideris Tom Waits 12thstudio album. The Black Rider is a musical comedy/horror collaboration between artists: Robert Wilson (director/designer) writer/Beat guru, William S. Burroughs (text) and Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan (music). Not a cast album, this Island Records release is Toms interpretation and performance of the songs he had originally created for the stage production of The Black Rider. The music is a Waitsian concoction of pop, vaudeville, rock, cabaret and blues a brew that is strangely familiar yet absolutely fresh.

The unlikely source material is rooted in German Romantic literature and the Weber opera, Der Freischutz (although Waits music does not quote from the Weber score), The story concerns a marksman who makes a pact with the devil (in the guise of a shadowy horseman) in order to win a shooting contest and hence claim his bride.

A cross between the musical, Cabaret and The Threepenny Opera, The Black Rider is brimming with the sort of inspired originality that can only flow from the mind of Tom Waits.

The album is newly remastered for the first time ever from the original flat master tape and personally overseen by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan.Mastered byChris BellmanatBernie Grundman Masteringunder the guidance of Waits longtime audio engineer,Karl Derfler.The album packaging has also been restored.The Black Riderincludes tracks such as November, Russian Dance and The Briar And The Rose. Available as a CD digipack.

Tom Waits - The Black Rider: Remastered Edition
$13.99 Video
Quick View

2023 Marks 30 years since Tom Waits releasedThe Black Rider.Originally released in 1993 on Island Records,The Black Rideris Tom Waits 12thstudio album. The Black Rider is a musical comedy/horror collaboration between artists: Robert Wilson (director/designer) writer/Beat guru, William S. Burroughs (text) and Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan (music). Not a cast album, this Island Records release is Toms interpretation and performance of the songs he had originally created for the stage production of The Black Rider. The music is a Waitsian concoction of pop, vaudeville, rock, cabaret and blues a brew that is strangely familiar yet absolutely fresh.

The unlikely source material is rooted in German Romantic literature and the Weber opera, Der Freischutz (although Waits music does not quote from the Weber score), The story concerns a marksman who makes a pact with the devil (in the guise of a shadowy horseman) in order to win a shooting contest and hence claim his bride.

A cross between the musical, Cabaret and The Threepenny Opera, The Black Rider is brimming with the sort of inspired originality that can only flow from the mind of Tom Waits.

The album is newly remastered for the first time ever from the original flat master tape and personally overseen by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan.Mastered byChris BellmanatBernie Grundman Masteringunder the guidance of Waits longtime audio engineer,Karl Derfler.The album packaging has also been restored.The Black Riderincludes tracks such as November, Russian Dance and The Briar And The Rose. Available as a CD digipack.

Tom Waits - The Black Rider: Remastered Edition [LP]
$29.99 Video

        
back to top