Tom Waits’ ‘Small Change’ is his fourth album recorded between July 15 and 29, 1976 and released in September 1976 By Asylum.
Track Listing : 1.Tom Traubert’S Blues (Tom Waits) – 06:39 . 2.Step Right Up (Tom Waits) – 05:43 . 3.Jitterbug Boy (Tom Waits) – 03:44 . 4.I Wish I Was In New Orleans (In The Ninth Ward) (Tom Waits) – 04:53 . 5.The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me) (Tom Waits) – 03:40 . 6.Invitation To The Blues (Tom Waits) – 05:24 . 7.Pasties And A G-String (At The Two O’Clock Club) (Tom Waits) – 02:32 . 8.Bad Liver And A Broken Heart (In Lowell) (Tom Waits) – 04:50 . 9.The One That Got Away (Tom Waits) – 04:07 . 10.Small Change (Got Rained On With His Own .38) (Tom Waits) – 05:07 . 11.I Can’T Wait To Get Off Work (And See My Baby On Montgomery Avenue) (Tom Waits) – 03:17
Musicians : Tom Waits – Vocals, Piano . Jim Hughart – Bass . Shelly Manne – Drums . Lew Tabackin – Tenor Saxophone . Murray Adler – Violin . Israel Baker – Violin . Samuel Boghossian – Viola . Sam Bohossian – Viola . Jesse Ehrlich – Cello . Allan Harshman – Viola . Nathan Kaproff – Violin . Harry Bluestone – Violin . George Kast – Violin . Ray Kelley – Cello . Ed Lustgarten – Cello . Marvin Limonick – Violin . Alfred Lustgarten – Violin . Kathleen Lustgarter – Cello . Nathan Ross – Violin . Sheldon Sanov – Violin . David Schwartz – Viola . Jerry Yester – Conductor Of String Section
Production : Produced By Bones Howe . Bones Howe – Engineer . Geoff Howe – Engineer . Bill Broms – Engineer . Terry Dunavan – Mastering . Stephen Innocenzi – Mastering
Package : Bruce Weber – Photography . Joel Brodsky – Photography . Cal Schenkel – Design
Recorded July 15 Till 29, 1976 At Wally Heider Recording, Hollywood, Ca.
Released In September 1976 By Asylum.
His drunken persona is never stronger than on Small Change, the songs are top notchand Tom Waits is at his most humorous (aside from Nighthawks at the Diner, possibly). On Small Change, he has a perfect grasp of his style and succeeds in creating a magnificent piece of work that epitomizes his drunken, lowlife persona. […]
Though he continues to write superb songs (particularly “Tom Traubert’s Blues” and “Invitation to the Blues”), Waits is now repeating himself. Unless he expands his musical foundations and investigates the themes of his world, Waits will remain an appealing, but limited, artist. […]
All About Jazz
If Small Change proves anything, it proves that Tom Waits—aside from his eccentric style—was writing and playing great jazz music. No doubt about it, any serious jazz fan would likely be surprised at how great these records are. […]