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By Daniel Durchholz

The middle album of the trilogy that includes Swordfishtrombones and Franks Wild Years, Rain Dogs is Waits's best overall effort. The songs are first-rate, and there are a lot of them--19 in all, ranging from grim nightlife memoirs ("9th and Hennepin," "Singapore") to portraits of small-time hustlers ("Gun Street Girl," "Union Square") to bursts of street-corner philosophy ("Blind Love," "Time"). The album also contains the original version of "Downtown Train," which Rod Stewart turned into a smash hit. The image of "rain dogs"--animals who've lost their way home because the rain has washed away their scent--is an appropriate symbol for the entire cast of characters Waits has brought to life over the years, and this album has thus far proved to be his most enduring effort.

Tracks
1. Singapore11. Midtown [Instrumental]
2. Clap Hands12. 9th & Hennepin
3. Cemetery Polka13. Gun Street Girl
4. Jockey Full of Bourbon14. Union Square
5. Tango Till They're Sore15. Blind Love
6. Big Black Mariah16. Walking Spanish
7. Diamonds & Gold17. Downtown Train
8. Hang Down Your Head18. Bride of Rain Dog [Instrumental]
9. Time19. Anywhere I Lay My Head
10. Rain Dogs

 

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Artist: Tom Waits

Released: August 12, 1985

Availability: CD, Vinyl

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