Tom Waits – Glitter & Doom – Live (2009/2017)

Posted by admin on September 6, 2020as


Musically, the performances are flawless, as is the sound on this set. The killer stage band includes Vincent Henry on woodwinds and harmonica, guitarist Omar Torres, Patrick Warren on piano and keyboards, Casey Waits on drums/percussion, and Seth Ford Young on bass. There is also a guest appearance by Sullivan Waits on sax and clarinet; Tom plays piano and guitar. Waits decided to ax most of the stage banter from disc one. This is problematic because it is as much part and parcel of his show as the music is. Without it, the music as a whole feels more like just a random but solid collection of live tracks, rather than Waits’ intended purpose of a single-show experience. The other problem is disc two, a bonus in this deluxe package comprised of a single 35-plus-minute track called “Tom’s Tales,” which splices stories and dialogue, reminiscences and spontaneous comedy. These routines work brilliantly and seamlessly in the context of his show. If one goes back to Nighthawks at the Diner or Big Time, evidence is ample. Without a song coming after these wildly various ruminations, they feel strangely disembodied and one can only hear it once or twice before the material itself feels old. Conversely, then, the musical disc feels incomplete, too. This one gets its grade strictly on the quality of the music. While the wide-spine digipack is beautiful, the project as a whole falls short, though some hardcore Waits fans will, as is customary, ardently disagree.


01. Lucinda / Ain’t Goin Down To The Well (Live in Birmingham, AL, 07/03/08) (5:37)
02. Singapore (Live in Edinburgh, Scotland, 07/28/08) (5:00)
03. Get Behind The Mule (Live in Tulsa, OK, 06/25/08) (6:26)
04. Fannin Street (Live in Knoxville, TN, 06/29/08) (4:16)
05. Dirt In The Ground (Live in Milan, Italy, 07/19/08) (5:18)
06. Such A Scream (Live in Milan, Italy, 07/18/08) (2:51)
07. Live Circus (Live in Jacksonville, FL, 07/01/08) (5:04)
08. Goin’ Out West (Live in Tulsa, OK, 06/25/08) (3:48)
09. Falling Down (Live in Paris, France, 07/25/08) (4:21)
10. The Part You Throw Away (Live in Edinburgh, Scotland, 07/28/08) (5:06)
11. Trampled Rose (Live in Dublin, Ireland, 08/01/08) (5:06)
12. Metropolitan Glide (Live in Knoxville, TN, 06/29/08) (3:09)
13. I’ll Shoot The Moon (Live in Paris, France, 07/24/08) (4:25)
14. Green Grass (Live in Edinburgh, Scotland, 07/27/08) (3:20)
15. Make It Rain (Live in Atlanta, GA, 07/05/08) (3:58)
16. Story (Live in Columbus, OH, 06/28/08) (2:02)
17. Lucky Day (Live in Atlanta, GA, 07/05/08) (3:50)

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