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  • Published: Los Angeles, Calif. : Anti : distributed by Epitaph, 1999.
  • Year Published: 1999
  • Description: 1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Language: English
  • Format: CD

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  • 4577865472

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Mule variations

by Waits, Tom, 1949-

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Where To Find It

Call number: CD Rock Waits Mule

Available Copies: Downtown 2nd Fl. CDs, Pittsfield Adult

Additional Details

Compact disc.

Produced by Tom Waits and Katheleen Brennan.

Program notes inserted in container.

Big in Japan -- Lowside of the road -- Hold on -- Get behind the mule -- House where nobody lives -- Cold water -- Pony -- What's he building? -- Black market baby -- Eyeball kid -- Picture in a frame -- Chocolate Jesus -- Georgia Lee -- Filipino box spring hog -- Take it with me -- Come on up to the house.

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Mule Variations

Mule Variations is one of my very favorite albums of late period Tom Waits music, for I find this one has a perfect mix of the experimental character studies of his Rain Dogs era work and the rye field blues of the earlier stuff.

The songs are pure genius in a Tin Pan Alley songwriting, small scope of the strange world we live in kind of a way. Big in Japan, the opening tune, is probably the exception, as it's a big rollicking funny tune sung with heavy vocal distortion. Whereas House Where Nobody Lives, Take It With Me, and Come on up to the House, are personal and affecting, a sincere moment perhaps not from Waits' own POV, but very honest from the perspective of the character through which the song is told.

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