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Beautiful Maladies: The Island Years

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Tom Waits' brilliance is messy -- he has so many ideas that sometimes unrealized songs are juxtaposed with moments of greatness on his albums. That may make for the occasional uneven record, but each album has its own distinct tone that makes it a unique listening experience, whether it's a masterpiece or a missed opportunity. And that's the reason why his work, especially his sprawling Island albums, doesn't easily lend itself to retrospectives like Beautiful Maladies: The Island Years. The single disc features 22 tracks from Swordfishtrombones, Rain Dogs, Franks Wild Years, Big Time, Bone Machine, and The Black Rider, including such familiar and celebrated ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Tom Waits' brilliance is messy -- he has so many ideas that sometimes unrealized songs are juxtaposed with moments of greatness on his albums. That may make for the occasional uneven record, but each album has its own distinct tone that makes it a unique listening experience, whether it's a masterpiece or a missed opportunity. And that's the reason why his work, especially his sprawling Island albums, doesn't easily lend itself to retrospectives like Beautiful Maladies: The Island Years. The single disc features 22 tracks from Swordfishtrombones, Rain Dogs, Franks Wild Years, Big Time, Bone Machine, and The Black Rider, including such familiar and celebrated items as "Hang on St. Christopher," "Innocent When You Dream," "I Don't Wanna Grow Up," "16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought Six," and "Downtown Train." Some fans might spot missing favorites, but it's hard to fault the selections themselves. Because of this, Beautiful Maladies functions as a primer for neophytes. The collection may not give the full scope of Waits' talents, but for the curious, it works well as a sampler.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/16/1998
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 731452451927
  • Catalog Number: 524519
  • Sales rank: 54,024

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tom Waits Primary Artist, Organ, Banjo, Percussion, Piano, Conga, Stick, Vocals, chamberlain, Pump Organ, Optigan
Robert Quine Guitar
Victor Feldman Drums, Bass Drums, Marimbas, Shaker, Brake Drums, Bell Plate
Marc Ribot Banjo, Guitar
Matthew Brubeck Cello
Don Neely Saw
Chris Spedding Guitar
Ronnie Barron Organ
William Schimmel Piano, Pump Organ, bass pedals
Ralph Carney Violin, Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Larry Taylor Guitar, Bass (Vocal), Double Bass, Acoustic Bass, Upright Bass
Randall Aldcroft Trombone, Baritone Saxophone
Michael Blair Bass, Percussion, Conga, Maracas
Kathleen Brennan Stick
Josef Brinckmann Accordion
Angela Brown Background Vocals
Les Claypool Electric Bass
Greg Cohen Banjo, Bass, Percussion, Accordion, Alto Horn, Viola
Mickey Curry Drums
Tony Garnier Double Bass
Joe Gore Banjo, Guitar
Stephen Hodges Drums
Leslie Holland Background Vocals
Lynne Jordan Background Vocals
Joe Marquez Stick
Mule Patterson Percussion, Piano, Drums
Bobby Previte Percussion, Marimbas
Joe Romano Trombone
William Shimmel Accordion
G.E. Smith Guitar
Clark Suprynowicz Bass
Fred Tackett Banjo, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Moris Tepper Guitar
Francis Thumm Harmonium, Angklung
Willy Schwarz Accordion
Technical Credits
Tom Waits Composer, Producer, Illustrations
Don Neely Contributor
Chris Blackwell Executive Producer
Tchad Blake Engineer
Tim Boyle Engineer
Kathleen Brennan Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
William S. Burroughs Illustrations
Greg Cohen Composer, Horn Arrangements
Jack Crymes Contributor
Biff Dawes Engineer, Remastering
Lorita DeLaCerna Engineer
Mike Kloster Engineer
Danny Leake Engineer
Peggy McCreary Engineer
Scott Woodman Contributor
David Knight Engineer
Gerd Bessler Engineer
Andrew Nicholas Mastering
Stephen Shelton Engineer
Richard McKernon Engineer
Christie Rixford Art Direction
William Yodelman Contributor
Doug Field Contributor
Matthew Stringer Executive Producer
Robert Wilson Illustrations
Dave Glover Engineer
Jesse Dylan Concept
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