Rain Dogs

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
With its jarring rhythms and unusual instrumentation -- marimba, accordion, various percussion -- as well as its frequently surreal lyrics, Rain Dogs is very much a follow-up to Swordfishtrombones, which is to say that it sounds for the most part like The Threepenny Opera being sung by Howlin' Wolf. The chief musical difference is the introduction of guitarist Marc Ribot, who adds his noisy leads to the general cacophony. But Rain Dogs is sprawling where its predecessor had been focused: Tom Waits' lyrics here sometimes are imaginative to the point of obscurity, seemingly chosen to fit the rhythms rather than for sense. In the course of 19 tracks and 54 minutes, Waits ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
With its jarring rhythms and unusual instrumentation -- marimba, accordion, various percussion -- as well as its frequently surreal lyrics, Rain Dogs is very much a follow-up to Swordfishtrombones, which is to say that it sounds for the most part like The Threepenny Opera being sung by Howlin' Wolf. The chief musical difference is the introduction of guitarist Marc Ribot, who adds his noisy leads to the general cacophony. But Rain Dogs is sprawling where its predecessor had been focused: Tom Waits' lyrics here sometimes are imaginative to the point of obscurity, seemingly chosen to fit the rhythms rather than for sense. In the course of 19 tracks and 54 minutes, Waits sometimes goes back to the more conventional music of his earlier records, which seems like a retreat, though such tracks as the catchy "Hang Down Your Head," "Time," and especially "Downtown Train" frequently covered and finally turned into a Top Ten hit by Rod Stewart five years later provide some relief as well as variety. Rain Dogs can't surprise as Swordfishtrombones had, and in his attempt to continue in the direction suggested by that album, Waits occasionally borders on the chaotic which may only be to say that, like most of his records, this one is uneven. But much of the music matches the earlier album, and there is so much of it that that is enough to qualify Rain Dogs as one of Waits' better albums.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/1990
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 042282638229
  • Catalog Number: 826382
  • Sales rank: 3,564

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Singapore (2:46)
  2. 2 Clap Hands (3:47)
  3. 3 Cemetery Polka (1:51)
  4. 4 Jockey Full of Bourbon (2:45)
  5. 5 Tango Till They're Sore (2:49)
  6. 6 Big Black Mariah (2:44)
  7. 7 Diamonds & Gold (2:31)
  8. 8 Hang Down Your Head (2:32)
  9. 9 Time (3:55)
  10. 10 Rain Dogs (2:56)
  11. 11 Midtown (1:00)
  12. 12 9th & Hennepin (1:58)
  13. 13 Gun Street Girl (4:37)
  14. 14 Union Square (2:24)
  15. 15 Blind Love (4:18)
  16. 16 Walking Spanish (3:05)
  17. 17 Downtown Train (3:53)
  18. 18 Bride of Rain Dog (1:07)
  19. 19 Anywhere I Lay My Head (2:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tom Waits Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonium, Vocals
Robert Quine Guitar
Marc Ribot Guitar
Chris Spedding Guitar
Ralph Carney Bass Saxophone, Wind
Larry Taylor Bass, Double Bass
Michael Blair Percussion, Drums, Marimbas
Crispin Cioe Saxophone
Greg Cohen Bass, Double Bass
Mickey Curry Drums
Bob Funk Trombone
Tony Garnier Bass, Double Bass
Stephen Hodges Drums
Robbie Kilgore Organ
Tony Levin Bass
Ross Levinson Violin
John Lune Saxophone
John Lurie Alto Saxophone
Robert Musso Banjo
Bobby Previte Percussion, Marimbas
Keith Richards Guitar, Background Vocals
William Shimmel Accordion
G.E. Smith Guitar
Uptown Horns Group
Arno Hecht Tenor Horn, Saxophone
Paul Litterall Trumpet
Technical Credits
Tom Waits Composer, Producer
Robert Musso Engineer
Howie Weinberg Mastering
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Tom Waits RAIN DOGS

    Perfection! I love listening to this album as much today as when it was brand new.

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