Tom Waits 'Orphans' 3 CD set 54 tracks on november 20th.

11-10-2006 @ 16:48

Tom Waits Orphans 3 CD set 54 tracks of rare and never-before-heard music released november 20th.
Tom Waits, the great American performer and songwriter, releases a 3CD set titled Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards on Monday 20th November 2006. Its a wide-ranging collection of 54 songs - including 30 new recordings equaling over three hours of rare and never-before heard music. The set comes complete with a 94-page booklet.
Each of the three CDs is separately grouped and sub-titled Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards to capture the full spectrum of Waits ranging and roving musical styles. Brawlers is chock full of raucous blues and full-throated juke joint stomp; Bawlers comprises Celtic and country ballads, waltzes, lullabies, piano and classic lyrical Waits songs while Bastards is filled with experimental music and strange tales.
In addition to the new work, Orphans features a number of songs originally recorded for the cinema, the theatre and other projects but which now find a home on a Waits album for the first time. They include his unique interpretations of songs by such extraordinarily diverse talents as The Ramones, Daniel Johnston, Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht, Leadbelly and Jack Kerouac.
"Orphans are rough and tender tunes. Rhumbas about mermaids, shuffles about trainwrecks, tarantellas about insects, madrigrals about drowning," says Tom Waits. "Scared, mean orphan songs of rapture and melancholy. Songs that grew up hard. Songs of dubious origin rescued from cruel fate and now left wanting only to be cared for. Show that you are not afraid and take them home. They don't bite, they just need attention".
Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, his wife and long time collaborator, again produced Orphans, his first release since 2004s much-lauded Real Gone. Waits and Brennan were recently named number four in a list of the 100 Best Living Songwriters published by Americas Paste Magazine. In literature only a handful of writers have pulled off the near impossible. In music, it happens on every Tom Waits recording, said the magazine.
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