Tom Waits - Foreign Affair (CD)

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    1. Performer
    2. Rock & Pop
    3. Singer/Songwriter
    Number of Discs
    Number of Items
    Foreign Affairs
    Country of Origin
    Elektra (Label)
    WEA (Distributor)
    Mono / Stereo

    Q (10/92, p.101) - 3 Stars - Good - "..has a noirish soundtrack feel.."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.76) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he poetic lyricism of 'Potter's Field' is backed by orchestral arrangements by jazz heavyweight Bob Alcivar..."

    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Cinny's Waltz
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Muriel
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] I Never Talk To Strangers
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Medley
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] A Sight For Sore Eyes
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Potter's Field
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Burma-Shave
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Barber Shop
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Foreign Affair
    Songs / Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Cinny's Waltz
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Muriel
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] I Never Talk to Strangers
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Jack And Neal / California Here I Come
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Sight For Sore Eyes, A
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Potter's Field
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Burma-Shave
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Barber Shop
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Foreign Affair
    Release Date
    11 February 1991

    Personnel: Tom Waits (vocals, piano); Bette Midler (vocals); Gene Cipriano (clarinet); Frank Vicari (tenor saxophone); Jack Sheldon (trumpet); Jim Hughart (bass); Shelly Manne (drums).
    Recorded at Filmways/Heider Recording Studios, Hollywood, California in July & August 1978.
    FOREIGN AFFAIRS is the most ambitious of Waits' '70s albums. In addition to the West Coast jazz style his early work drew so heavily on (here he goes to the source, with vet Shelly Manne on the drum stool), there's also a bit of lavish orchestration to solidify the classy bygone-era feel of Waits' songs. Perfect losers' love songs like "Muriel" were always his bread and butter, but the elegant'40s-ish balladry of "I Never Talk to Strangers" (a good-humored beaty-wooed-by-the-beast duet) and the epic beat poetry excursion "Potter's Field" were the furthest extensions to date of Waits' ambitions. Ironically, things are most interesting when the arrangements are scaled down, as on the contagiously sentimental barroom ballad "Sight For Sore Eyes."

    42m 3s
    Audio Format
    PCM Audio
    Studio / Live
    Video Disabled
    Tom Waits
    Bones Howe
    1. Tom Waits
    Date Released
    1999-01-01 00:00:00
    Bones Howe
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