TOM WAITS

“For­eign Af­fairs (2018 Vinyl Re­mas­ter)” ANTI

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July 13. Tom Waits’ first seven al­bums, orig­i­nally re­leased through Elek­tra Asy­lum Records in the 1970’s, have been re-mas­tered and are be­ing rere­leased on CD & vinyl via Anti-Records! 1977’s For­eign Af­fairs takes the jazz and po­etry that Tom Waits ex­plored on his ear­lier al­bums in a more cin­e­matic direc­tion, fore­shad­ow­ing his own break­through work in the 80s. Open­ing with the in­stru­men­tal “Cinny’s Waltz” and fea­tur­ing some new stan­dards like “Muriel” and “I Never Talk To Strangers”, his dra­matic duet with Bette Mi­dler, this al­bum gets into some of Waits’ most am­bi­tious storytelling ever. For­eign Af­fairs also fea­tures the jazzy, col­or­ful “Jack and Neil” and the sweep­ing, dra­matic “Pot­ters Field” as well as clas­sic Waits bal­lads “Burma Shave” and “Sight for Sore Eyes”.

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