Tom Waits finishes the recording of fifth studio album : ‘Foreign Affairs’ (1977)

Tom Waits ‘Foreign Affairs’ is his fifth studio album recorded between July 28 and August 15, 1977, with Bette Midler on one song and released in September 1977 By Asylum?

Track Listing : 1.Cinny’S Waltz (Tom Waits) – 02:17 . 2.Muriel (Tom Waits) – 03:33 . 3.I Never Talk To Strangers (Tom Waits) – 03:38 . 4.Medley: Jack & Neal (Tom Waits) /California, Here I Come (Joseph Meyer, Al Jolson, Buddy De Sylva) – 05:01 . 5.A Sight For Sore Eyes (Tom Waits) – 04:40 . 6.Potter’S Field (Tom Waits, Bob Alcivar) – 08:40 . 7.Burma-Shave (Tom Waits) – 06:34 . 8.Barber Shop (Tom Waits) – 03:54 . 9.Foreign Affair (Tom Waits) – 03:46

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Musicians : Tom Waits – Piano, Vocals . Gene Cipriano – Clarinet On (6) . Jim Hughart – Bass . Shelly Manne – Drums . Bette Midler – Vocals On (3) . Jack Sheldon – Trumpet . Frank Vicari – Tenor Saxophone . Bob Alcivar – Conductor

Production : Produced By Bones Howe . Geoff Howe – Engineer . Terry Dunavan – Mastering

Package : Glen Christensen – Art Direction . George Hurrell asterisques RVM – Photography

Recorded On July 28 And August 15, 1977.

Released In September 1977 By Asylum.

(Source Tom Waits ‘Foreign Affairs’ | Official Site)


Rolling Stone
Tom Waits is never less than intent and honest — he pushes to his own slow, heartfelt beat. Uneven though Foreign Affairs may be, it shows that Waits is still the kind of performer who can make us say. “You must be reading my mail. […]
Mixed with the smooth style he implemented on The Heart of Saturday Night, it’s a perfect complement to the relaxing new direction his music had taken. […]

The Guardian
Tom Waits‘s fifth LP, 1977’s Foreign Affairs, may just be the most criminally underrated of his career. As sharp and striking as a film noirand as gripping as a crime novel, it’s arguably the best place to hear the tales of the late-night world Waits inhabited and wrote about in the ’70s […]


Tom Waits ‘Foreign Affairs’


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