Tom Waits – Closing Time

★★★★★

  1. Ol’ ’55: 👍🏻
  2. I Hope That I Don’t Fall in Love with You: 👍🏻
  3. Virginia Avenue: 👍🏻
  4. Old Shoes (& Picture Postcards): 👍🏻
  5. Midnight Lullaby: 👍🏻
  6. Martha: 👍🏻
  7. Rosie: 👍🏻
  8. Lonely: 👍🏻
  9. Ice Cream Man: 👍🏻
  10. Little Trip to Heaven (On the Wings of Your Love): 👍🏻
  11. Grapefruit Moon: 👍🏻
  12. Closing Time: 👍🏻


If you want to talk about debut albums that are absolute stunners, you’d be hard pressed to find an example better than Greeting From Asbury Park. Unless of course you went with Tom Waits’ Closing Time. This is one of my favorite albums from one of my favorite artists.

Listening to it again today, I’m amazed that it was recorded in 1973. It absolutely doesn’t sound like the 70’s at all. It sounds like the soundtrack of a film from the golden age of Hollywood, not something that was released the same year Stevie Wonder’s Superstition was a number 1 single.

I was 5 tracks in before I stopped thinking “oh, no, that last song was good but this song is definitely my favorite.” They just kept getting more and more amazing. And only Tom Waits could write such a beautiful love song but call it I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You.

I was surprised to find myself comparing Tom Waits and Amy Winehouse today. Like I said of Back in Black, this album exists outside of time and that makes it a classic.

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