- 06 Mar 23
Last year, Waits celebrated the 20th anniversary of his albums Alice and Blood Money with similar vinyl reissues.
Today, March 6th, marks five decades of Tom Waits' debut album Closing Time. To commemorate the occasion, ANTI-Records have announced a vinyl reissue of the original album.
At London's Abbey Road Studios, the double LP was mastered at half speed and pressed on black and clear 45 RPM vinyl. The reissue includes a thicker cardboard gatefold cover with a black, poly-lined inner sleeve.
Waits' full-length debut album, Closing Time, was more jazz-oriented than his other releases but included some tracks that lean towards folk and blues. It was produced by former Lovin' Spoonful member Jerry Yester and has been reissued several times over the years.
It will be released on June 2nd and pre-orders are now available on Waits' website.
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Closing Time contains the hit song 'Ol' '55," which is also the lead single from Waits' debut album. The song has been covered by numerous artists, including the Eagles, who recorded it for their 1974 album On the Border.
Despite being a successful cover, Waits was not happy about the cover, resulting in him criticising the band and calling them as boring as "watching paint dry."
Tom Waits has released seventeen albums and toured around the world. His latest album, Bad As Me, was released in 2011. Besides being known as a singer-songwriter, Waits also performed as an actor in various films, including Licorice Pizza, The Dead Don't Die, and Seven Psychopaths.
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