Sometimes an Album is worth it just for one tracks, this one is worth it for the them all - 'Ol 55', 'Hope that I don't fall in love with you', 'Rosie' and 'Martha' stand out.
Recorded in 1973, it's the debut Album that propelled Tom Waits having been playing Monday nights since 1970 at The Troubadour in LA whilst working as a club doorman (!) when he was spotted for Asylum Records.
He'd be playing largely, Bob Dylan covers. He was 24.
It was recorded over 10 days and has since become legendary. Really beautiful record, it's reminiscent of whiskey and smoke filled rooms, piano led jazz like the cover art by Carl Shenkel.
And if you like this, you'll also like his 'Franks Wild Years' although everyone seems to have a copy of 'Swordfish Thrombones'. We did. Here you go -
"Well I hope that I don't fall in love with you..."