Beautiful Maladies: The Island Years

Beautiful Maladies: The Island Years

by Tom WaitsTom Waits


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Tom Waits' brilliance is messy -- he has so many ideas that sometimes unrealized songs are juxtaposed with moments of greatness on his albums. That may make for the occasional uneven record, but each album has its own distinct tone that makes it a unique listening experience, whether it's a masterpiece or a missed opportunity. And that's the reason why his work, especially his sprawling Island albums, doesn't easily lend itself to retrospectives like Beautiful Maladies: The Island Years. The single disc features 22 tracks from Swordfishtrombones, Rain Dogs, Franks Wild Years, Big Time, Bone Machine, and The Black Rider, including such familiar and celebrated items as "Hang on St. Christopher," "Innocent When You Dream," "I Don't Wanna Grow Up," "16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought Six," and "Downtown Train." Some fans might spot missing favorites, but it's hard to fault the selections themselves. Because of this, Beautiful Maladies functions as a primer for neophytes. The collection may not give the full scope of Waits' talents, but for the curious, it works well as a sampler.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/16/1998
Label: Island
UPC: 0731452451927
catalogNumber: 524519
Rank: 70883

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Waits   Primary Artist,Organ,Banjo,Percussion,Piano,Conga,Stick,Vocals,chamberlain,Pump Organ,Optigan
Robert Quine   Guitar
Victor Feldman   Drums,Bass Drums,Marimbas,Shaker,Brake Drums,Bell Plate
Marc Ribot   Banjo,Guitar
Matthew Brubeck   Cello
Don Neely   Saw
Chris Spedding   Guitar
Ronnie Barron   Organ
William Schimmel   Piano,Pump Organ,bass pedals
Ralph Carney   Violin,Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Larry Taylor   Guitar,Bass (Vocal),Double Bass,Acoustic Bass,Upright Bass
Randall Aldcroft   Trombone,Baritone Saxophone
Michael Blair   Bass,Percussion,Conga,Maracas
Kathleen Brennan   Stick
Josef Brinckmann   Accordion
Angela Brown   Background Vocals
Claypool   Electric Bass
Greg Cohen   Banjo,Bass,Percussion,Accordion,Alto Horn,Viola
Mickey Curry   Drums
Tony Garnier   Double Bass
Joe Gore   Banjo,Guitar
Stephen Hodges   Drums
Leslie Holland   Background Vocals
Lynne Jordan   Background Vocals
Joe Marquez   Stick
Mule Patterson   Percussion,Piano,Drums
Bobby Previte   Percussion,Marimbas
Joe Romano   Trombone
William Shimmel   Accordion
G.E. Smith   Guitar
Clark Suprynowicz   Bass
Fred Tackett   Banjo,Guitar,Electric Guitar
Moris Tepper   Guitar
Francis Thumm   Harmonium,Angklung
Willy Schwarz   Accordion

Technical Credits

Tom Waits   Composer,Producer,Illustrations
Don Neely   Contributor
Chris Blackwell   Executive Producer
Tchad Blake   Engineer
Tim Boyle   Engineer
Kathleen Brennan   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
William S. Burroughs   Illustrations
Greg Cohen   Composer,Horn Arrangements
Jack Crymes   Contributor
Biff Dawes   Engineer
Lorita DeLaCerna   Engineer
Mike Kloster   Engineer
Danny Leake   Engineer
Peggy McCreary   Engineer
Scott Woodman   Contributor
David Knight   Engineer
Gerd Bessler   Engineer
Stephen Shelton   Engineer
Richard McKernon   Engineer
Christie Rixford   Art Direction
William Yodelman   Contributor
Doug Field   Contributor
Matthew Stringer   Executive Producer
Dave Glover   Engineer
Jesse Dylan   Concept
Robert Wilson   Illustrations

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