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Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones (1983)


Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones (1983)


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Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones

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Side one

"Underground" – 1:58

"Shore Leave" – 4:12

"Dave the Butcher" (instrumental) – 2:15

"Johnsburg, Illinois" – 1:30

"16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought-Six" – 4:30

"Town with No Cheer" – 4:22

"In the Neighborhood" – 3:04


Side two

"Just Another Sucker on the Vine" (instrumental) – 1:42

"Frank's Wild Years" – 1:50

"Swordfishtrombone" – 3:00

"Down, Down, Down" – 2:10

"Soldier's Things" – 3:15

"Gin Soaked Boy" – 2:20

"Trouble's Braids" – 1:18

"Rainbirds" (instrumental) – 3:05




Tom Waits Band Members / Musicians

Tom Waits – vocals (1:1–2, 1:4–7, 2:2–7), chair (1:2), Hammond B-3 organ (1:3), piano (1:4, 2:5, 2:8), harmonium (1:6, 2:1), synthesizer (1:6), freedom bell (1:6)

Victor Feldman – bass marimba (1:1–2), marimba (1:2, 2:3), shaker (1:2), bass drum with rice (1:2), bass boo bams (1:3), Brake drum (1:5), bell plate (1:5), snare (1:5, 2:4), Hammond B-3 organ (1:7), snare drum (1:7), bells (1:7), conga (2:3), bass drum (2:3), Dabuki drum (2:3), tambourine (2:4), African talking drum (2:7)

Larry Taylor – acoustic bass (1:1–2, 1:5, 1:7, 2:2, 2:4, 2:6–7), electric bass (2:3)

Randy Aldcroft – baritone horn (1:1, 1:7), trombone (1:2)

Stephen Taylor Arvizu Hodges – drums (1:1–2, 1:5, 2:4, 2:6), parade drum (1:7), cymbals (1:7), parade bass drum (2:7), glass harmonica (2:8)

Fred Tackett – electric guitar (1:1, 1:2, 1:5, 2:6), banjo (1:2)

Francis Thumm – metal aunglongs (1:2), glass harmonica (2:8)

Greg Cohen – bass (1:4), acoustic bass (2:3, 2:5, 2:8)

Joe Romano – trombone (1:5), trumpet (2:1)

Anthony Clark Stewart – bagpipes (1:6)

Clark Spangler – synthesizer program (1:6)

Bill Reichenbach Jr. – trombone (1:7)

Dick Hyde – trombone (1:7)

Ronnie Barron – Hammond organ (2:2)

Eric Bikales – organ (2:4)

Carlos Guitarlos – electric guitar (2:4)

Richard Gibbs – glass harmonica (2:8)




Swordfishtrombones is the 8th studio album by singer and songwriter Tom Waits, released in 1983 on Island Records. It was the first album that Waits produced himself. Stylistically different from his previous albums, Swordfishtrombones moves away from the piano and string orchestra arrangements of the late 1970s, replacing them with unusual instrumentation and a somewhat more abstract songwriting approach.

The cover art is a TinTone photograph by Michael A. Russ showing Waits with the actors Angelo Rossitto and Lee Kolima.

The album peaked at No. 164 on the Billboard Pop Albums and 200 albums charts. It was ranked at number 2 among the "Albums of the Year" for 1983 by NME. In 1989, Spin named Swordfishtrombones the second greatest album of all time. In 2006, Q placed the album at No. 36 in its list of "40 Best Albums of the '80s." Pitchfork listed Swordfishtrombones as 11th best album of the 1980s. Slant Magazine listed the album at No. 26 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s".

In 2000 it was voted number 374 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums.

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