Tom Waits’ ‘Closing Time’ is his debut studio album released in March 1973 by Asylum.
Track Listing : 1.Ol’ ’55 (Tom Waits) – 03:58 . 2.I Hope That I Don’T Fall In Love With You (Tom Waits) – 03:54 . 3.Virginia Avenue (Tom Waits) – 03:10 . 4.Old Shoes (& Picture Postcards) (Tom Waits) – 03:40 . 5.Midnight Lullaby (Tom Waits) – 03:26 . 6.Martha (Tom Waits) – 04:30 . 7.Rosie (Tom Waits) – 04:03 . 8.Lonely (Tom Waits) – 03:12 . 9.Ice Cream Man (Tom Waits) – 03:05 . 10.Little Trip To Heaven (On The Wings Of Your Love) (Tom Waits) – 03:38 . 11.Grapefruit Moon (Tom Waits) – 04:50 . 12.Closing Time (Instrumental) (Tom Waits) – 04:20
Musicians : Tom Waits – Vocals, Piano, Guitar, Harmonium, Harpsichord, Celeste . Delbert Bennett – Trumpet . Shep Cooke – Guitar; Backing Vocals On (4) . Peter Klimes – Guitar; Pedal Steel Guitar On (7) . Bill Plummer – Bass Guitar . John Seiter – Drums; Backing Vocals On (1 – 7) . Arni Egilsson – Bass Guitar On (12) . Jesse Ehrlich – Cello On (6) . Tony Terran – Trumpet On (12)
Production : Produced By Jerry Yester Richie Moore – Additional Engineer . Jerry Yester – Engineer
Package : Ed Caraeff – Photography . Cal Schenkel – Artwork
Recorded Early 1972 At Sunset Sound Recorders And United Western Recorders In Hollywood, California.
Released In March 1973 By Asylum.
Like Loudon Wainwright, who offers a more sophisticated variety of tragicomedy, Waits dances on the line between pathos and bathos without going too far in the wrong direction. Both singers know how and when to ham it up; both succeed on their instinctive acting ability as much, if not more than through musical intuitiveness. […]
The most compelling aspect of the album is in the fact that the sparse, minimalistic tracks still manage to captivate the listener due to Waits’ story-telling ability and the empathy that can be felt with the characters and situations that his lyrics create. […]
A uniqueand often overlooked album from Waits, as it is his earliestand completely lacks the gruff tone he adopted years later. But it should not be overlooked, rather glorified, because I find it to be one of the most moving and powerful albums I have ever had the pleasure to listen to. […]