CD Nighthawks At the Diner [Tom Waits] [075596062022] (CD 392256),
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Nighthawks At the Diner [Tom Waits] [075596062022]

  • 1. Opening Intro
    2. Emotional Weather Report
    3. Intro
    4. On a Foggy Night
    5. Intro
    6. Eggs and Sausage (In a Cadillac with Susan Michelson)
    7. Intro
    8. Better off Without a Wife
    9. Nighthawk Postcards
    10. Intro
    11. Warm Beer and Cold Women
    12. Intro
    13. Putnam County
    14. Spare Parts I (A Nocturnal Emission)
    15. Nobody
    16. Intro
    17. Big Joe and Phantom 309
    18. Spare Parts II and Closing
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2-2008

  • Credits
    ProducerBones Howe
    EngineerBones Howe

    Personnel: Tom Waits (vocals, guitar, piano); Pete Christlieb (tenor saxophone); Mike Melvoin (piano); Jim Hughart (bass); Bill Goodwin (drums).
    Recorded at the Record Plant, Hollywood, California on July 30 & 31, 1975.
    Personnel: Tom Waits (vocals, guitar, piano); Pete Christlieb (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Lew Tabackin (saxophone); Jack Sheldon (trumpet); Mike Melvoin (piano, electric piano, keyboards); Jim Hughart (upright bass); Shelly Manne, Bill Goodwin (drums).
    Recording information: Record Plant, Hollywood, CA (07/30/1975/07/31/1975); Wally Heider Recording Studio, Hollywood, CA (07/30/1975/07/31/1975).
    Photographers: Norman Seeff; Matt Kramer.
    A major part of Tom Waits's mystique has always been his complex, intriguing persona; part Bukowski-esque barfly poet, part Kerouac-inspired hipster, part Hoagy Carmichael troubadour. Nowhere has that persona been more fully utilized than on NIGHTHAWKS AT THE DINER. Throughout the album waits unfurls his colorful, charismatic, artfully amplified personality. It's like spending the evening with a lounge lizard/raconteur/beatnik standup comic who also happens to compose strikingly beautiful tunes that could have come from the Great American Songbook if not for their lyrical quirkiness. Though it would be a few more years before Waits would reinvent himself on SWORDFISHTROMBONES, the character who stomps through your brain on NIGHTHAWKS with both guns blazing is as original and impressive a character as you could want.

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.76) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is Waits at his early, freewheeling best, spinning surreal hash-brown picaresques out of marginal bar-room lives."
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