Sunday, March 20, 2005

Tom's favourite albums

In the first of a new series in The Guardian in which recording artists reveal their favourite records, Tom Waits writes about his 20 most cherished albums of all time.
1. In The Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra
2. Solo Monk by Thelonious Monk
3. Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart
4. Exile On Main St. by Rolling Stones
5. The Sinking of the Titanic by Gavin Bryars
6. The Basement Tapes by Bob Dylan
7. Lounge Lizards by Lounge Lizards
8. Rum Sodomy and the Lash by The Pogues
9. I'm Your Man by Leonard Cohen
10. The Specialty Sessions by Little Richard
11. Startime by James Brown
12. Bohemian-Moravian Bands by Texas-Czech
13. The Yellow Shark by Frank Zappa
14. Passion for Opera Aria
15. Rant in E Minor by Bill Hicks
16. Prison Songs: Murderous Home Alan Lomax Collection
17. Cubanos Postizos by Marc Ribot
18. Houndog by Houndog
19. Purple Onion by Les Claypool
20. The Delivery Man by Elvis Costello

You can find Tom Waits' comments on these records in the article in The Guardian. And Tim Adams gives his view on Waits' choice.

U.K. residents can win a signed vinyl copy of 'Real Gone' plus the 20 cd's mentioned above. Second prize is a signed vinyl copy of Real Gone. U.K. Residents not interested in this competition can enter anyway and send me the prize afterwards :)

7 comments:

Cracker said...

I bought the Sinatra album on Tom's advice and felt like killing myself after once listen. Not my favorite.

Anonymous said...

I was surprised to see Sinatra at number 1 - am not that keen on Sinatra, but think my opinion of the man maybe clouds my opinion of his music. Seeing it on the Tom Waits list made me think perhaps I should try to give it a listen (most of the other stuff on the list is up my street) and be more open-minded about it - the previous comment made me smile though, I must say.
Emma.

Anonymous said...

I don't think there was a particular order

Anonymous said...

i believe there´s a chronological order. from the oldest to the latest. see the release year of the albums

Anonymous said...

i believe there´s a chronological order. from the oldest to the latest. see the release year of the albums

Anonymous said...

This article first appeared on the Amazon website a while back so is probably syndicated. It's good that the Observer got hold of it as anything that spreads the word according to Tom is alright by me.

Anonymous said...

I was kind of suprised not to see that Jack Kerouac/Steve Allen album that i've heard Tom talk about in many interviews during his younger years on the list.

Maybe it just don't belong to his favourites anymore? Or did he forget it? What do you think?

Wasn't among the left overs either.