Tom Waits’ ‘Mule Variations’

Tom Waits’ ‘Mule Variations’ is his twelfth (his first in six years) studio album released on April 16, 1999 by Anti.

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Track Listing : 1.Big In Japan (Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan) – 04:05 . 2.Lowside Of The Road (Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan) – 02:59 . 3.Hold On (Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan) – 05:33 . 4.Get Behind The Mule (Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan) – 06:52 . 5.House Where Nobody Lives (Tom Waits) – 04:14 . 6.Cold Water (Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan) – 05:23 . 7.Pony (Tom Waits) – 04:32 . 8.What’S He Building? (Tom Waits) – 03:20 . 9.Black Market Baby (Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan) – 05:02 . 10.Eyeball Kid (Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan) – 04:25 . 11.Picture In A Frame (Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan) – 03:39 . 12.Chocolate Jesus (Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan) – 03:55 . 13.Georgia Lee (Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan) – 04:24 . 14.Filipino Box Spring Hog (Tom Waits) – 03:09 . 15.Take It With Me (Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan) – 04:24 . 16.Come On Up To The House (Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan) – 04:36

Musicians : Tom Waits – Vocals, The Voice On (8), Guitar On (1 – 2 – 3 – 6 – 7 – 9 – 12), Piano On (5 – 11 – 13 – 15 – 16), Organ On (3), Pump Organ On (7), Percussion On (9 – 10), Chamberlin On (9), Optigan On (2) . Andrew Borger – Drums On (9 – 14 – 16), Percussion On (14) . Ralph Carney – Trumpet On (1), Sax On (1 – 16), Alto-Sax On (11), Bass Clarinet On (10), Reeds On (8 – 9) . Les Claypool – Bass On (1) . Greg Cohen – Bass On (11 – 12 – 15), Percussion On (10) . Linda Deluca-Ghidossi – Violin On (13) . Dalton Dillingham Iii – Bass On (13) . Joe Gore – Guitar On (3 – 16) . Chris Grady – Trumpet On (2 – 14) . John Hammond – Blues Harp On (7) . Stephen Hodges – Percussion On (3 – 4) . Smokey Hormel – Guitar On (4), Dobro On (7), Chumbus & Dousengoni On (2) . Jacquire King – Programming On (2 – 14) . Larry Lalonde – Guitar On (1) . Brain Mantia – Drums On (1) . Christopher Marvin – Drums On (6) . Charlie Musselwhite – Blues Harp On (4 – 12 – 14 – 16) . Nik Phelps – Bari-Sax On (11 – 16) . Dj M. Mark “The Iii Media” Reitman – Turntable On (8 – 9 – 10 – 14) . Larry Rhodes – Contrabassoon On (10) . Marc Ribot – Guitar On (3 – 9 – 10 – 14), Lead Guitar On (5), Guitar Solo On (6 – 9) . Jeff Sloan – Percussion On (8) . Larry Taylor – Bass On (3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 14 – 16), Guitar On (14), Rhythm Guitar On (5) . Wings Over Jordan Gospel, Bali Eternal – Turntable Samples On (1)

Production : Produced By Kathleen Brennan, Tom Waits . Jacquire King – Engineer, Mixing

Recorded In 1998 At Prairie Sun Recording Studios In Cotati, California.

Released On April 16, 1999 By Anti.

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Pitchfork
Look, you’ve got two options here: you can continue to bolster your own nonexistent street cred by dissing new Tom Waits in favor of old Tom Waits, or you can give it up, admit that it’s all great and increase your own personal enjoyment. The choice seems like a no- brainer to me. […]

Rolling Stone
We don’t demand much from these figures, other than that they spill out their visions in chunks of an ongoing discourse; Mule Variations is just the latest installment of that discourseand one wonders when Waits, who’s not lacking for bold, dislocating ideas, might treat himself to a new start. […]

Sputnikmusic
His next three albums, Alice, Blood Money and Real Gone, have all had their moments, but none of them have been as consistent, or as rewarding, as this. […]

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