SEASON THREE: NIGHTHAWKS AT THE DINER (1975)
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Release Date: Tracklist. The first two reviews of the day and we both start out talking about smoking weed lol. Album Rating: 5. Review Summary: You're sitting with your friends outside in the middle of nowhere. Everyone is high and you're staring off into the lights in the distance. You put on this album for your friends, and one by one you're admitted into the jazzy live show. At first glance it doesn't seem like much but some of the recordings from a man only known throughout nightclubs and coffee shops.
Tom Waits. Remastered and reissued on Anti. For his third album, Nighthawks at the Diner , Tom Waits set up a nightclub in the studio, invited an audience, and cut a minute, two-LP set of new songs. It's an appropriate format for compositions that deal even more graphically and, for the first time, humorously with Waits' late-night world of bars and diners. The love lyrics of his debut album had long since given way to a comic lonely-guy stance glimpsed in Emotional Weather Report and Better Off Without a Wife. But what really matters is the elaborate scene-setting of songs like the six-and-a-half-minute Spare Parts , the seven-and-a-half-minute Putnam County , and especially the and-a-half-minute Nighthawk Postcards that are essentially poetry recitations with jazz backing. Waits is a colourful tour guide of midnight L.
Nighthawks at the Diner is a album by Tom Waits , his third since his debut Closing Time in
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Tom Waits ' first two albums, 's Closing Time and 's The Heart of Saturday Night , documented his estimable strengths as a songwriter, but they didn't always give much of a sense of the personality that came through in his live performances. In front of an audience, Waits transformed himself into something resembling a minor character from a Jack Kerouac novel, a witty but bedraggled hipster from the seedy side of Los Angeles. His third album, 's Nighthawks at the Diner , was designed to show off Waits as an entertainer as well as a tunesmith; producer Bones Howe set up a nightclub facsimile in a recording studio, paired Waits with a solid band of jazz-inclined studio musicians, brought in an audience, and recorded what was in essence his first live album. As entertainment, Nighthawks at the Diner is one of Waits ' most thoroughly enjoyable albums. He's clearly jazzed by the presence of an audience, and his skills as a storyteller are marvelous.
Sometimes it is impressive what can be achieved with proverbial smoke and mirrors. Promotions, relationships, business deals. Sometimes the appearance that you are something can get you further than actually being that thing. Smoke and mirrors work in the music industry too. Smoke and mirrors all the way.
Nighthawks at the Diner