Night on Earth

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Tom Waits brings an appropriately international flavor to his mostly instrumental score for Jim Jarmusch's globetrotting taxicab movie. As in all his music of the time, Waits' chief influence is Kurt Weill, and using horns and accordion among other instruments, he re-creates Weill's creepy, catchy style in 16 short tracks running almost 53 minutes. He and Kathleen Brennan contribute three songs with lyrics, which Waits performs in a calmer, more melodic way than those on some of his recent albums. Still, this soundtrack is very much in the style of Waits' Swordfishtrombones, Rain Dogs, and Franks Wild Years albums.
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Tom Waits brings an appropriately international flavor to his mostly instrumental score for Jim Jarmusch's globetrotting taxicab movie. As in all his music of the time, Waits' chief influence is Kurt Weill, and using horns and accordion among other instruments, he re-creates Weill's creepy, catchy style in 16 short tracks running almost 53 minutes. He and Kathleen Brennan contribute three songs with lyrics, which Waits performs in a calmer, more melodic way than those on some of his recent albums. Still, this soundtrack is very much in the style of Waits' Swordfishtrombones, Rain Dogs, and Franks Wild Years albums.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/1992
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731451072529
  • Catalog Number: 510725

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tom Waits Primary Artist, Vocals
Matthew Brubeck Cello
Ralph Carney Clarinet, Trumpet, Bass Clarinet, Horn, Pipe, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone, Pan Flute/Pan Pipes
Josef Brinckmann Accordion
Joe Gore Banjo, Guitar
Mule Patterson Percussion, Piano, Drums
Clark Suprynowicz Bass
Francis Thumm Organ, Harmonium
Technical Credits
Tom Waits Arranger, Producer
Biff Dawes Engineer
George Horn Mastering
Francis Thumm Arranger
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bride of Rain Dog

    Continuing his working relationship with Jim Jarmusch, Tom composed the entire score for the director's quirky anthology about cab drivers. Waits had previously played one of the characters in ''Down By Law'' (which also featured two of his songs), and provided the voice of the radio DJ in ''Mystery Train.'' For this project, he offers up a mostly instrumental collection of tunes, working within a familiar palette of characteristic Waits sounds. Along with the haunting mix of drums, marimbas, and percussion used on his ''Rain Dogs'' album, there's sawing cellos, loping bass lines, melancholy accordion, and some sleazy sax. Many of the tracks are different takes on the same musical theme. The instruments on the ''Mood'' pieces change to represent each of the five segments of Jarmusch's film (electric guitar for ''Los Angeles,'' muted trumpet for ''New York,'' pan pipes on ''Helsinki''). Three of the tracks feature vocals, and were written with Waits' wife, Kathleen Brennan (whom he met while working on his first soundtrack release, Francis Ford Coppola's ''One From The Heart'' in 1982). Overall, this disc may not be as fulfilling as his regular output, but it's a fine score and contains some classic Tom Waits material. It's also an interesting companion to his exceptional ''Bone Machine'' album of the same year.

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