Track listing : 1.16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought-Six (Tom Waits) – 04:18 . 2.Red Shoes (Tom Waits) – 04:19 . 3.Underground (Tom Waits) – 02:34 . 4.Cold Cold Ground (Tom Waits) – 03:27 . 5.Straight to the Top (Tom Waits, Greg Cohen) – 02:48 . 6.Yesterday Is Here (Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan) – 02:40 . 7.Way Down in the Hole (Tom Waits) – 04:43 . 8.Falling Down (Tom Waits) – 04:15 . 9.Strange Weather (Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan) – 03:35 . 10.Big Black Mariah (Tom Waits) – 02:59 . 11.Rain Dogs (Tom Waits) – 03:36 . 12.Train Song (Tom Waits) – 04:29 . 13.Johnsburg, Illinois (Tom Waits) – 01:29 . 14.Ruby’s Arms (Tom Waits) – 04:54 . 15.Telephone Call From Istanbul (Tom Waits) – 04:17 . 16.Clap Hands* (Tom Waits) – 04:57 . 17.Gun Street Girl (Tom Waits) – 04:01 . 18.Time (Tom Waits) – 04:10 .
Musicians : Tom Waits – Lead Vocals, Piano, Guitar On (4 – 9), Organ On (8), Percussion On (1) . Marc Ribot – Lead Guitar, Banjo, Trumpet . Fred Tackett – Guitar On (8) . Greg Cohen – Electric Bass, Basstarda, Alto Horn . Larry Taylor – Double Bass On (8) . Ralph Carney – Saxophone, Clarinets, Baritone Horn . Willy Schwarz – Accordion, Hammond Organ, Sitar, Conga . Michael Blair – Drums, Percussion, Bongos, Brake Drum . Richie Hayward – Drums On (8) .
Production Produced by Chris Blackwell, Kathleen Brennan, Tom Waits . Catharins Masters – additional production . Biff Dawes – engineer, mixer .
Recorded in November 1987 at The Warfield (San Francisco) and Wiltern Theatre(Los Angeles) .
allmusic But Big Time makes a useful sampler of Waits’ later work that might enable a listener to determine whether to invest in the studio recordings. […]
The Christopher Currie Although this reviewer would certainly recommend that more progressive listeners (including himself) examine Waits’s career in further detail, he remains uncertain that Big Time is the best first step. If not the best means of an introduction, however, it would probably not be harmful as such — the reader is left to his own discretion accordingly. […]
Sputnikmusic.com There were clearly some serious mishaps, misfires and misjudgements raked through the creative process of Big Time. It’s not going to win Waits any new fans; it’s too dense and bizarre. In a similar vein, it’s not going to please purists; Waits’ voice is more macabre schizophrenic than hollerin’ bluesman. […]