Tom Waits, according to the esteemed American critic Robert Hilburn, is
clearly one of the most
important figures of the modern pop era. Such sentiments are not mere
hyperbole; in a career that now
spans four decades and over 20 albums, Tom Waits has long since emerged
as an extraordinary
innovative force, a singular voice whose music remains determinedly and
even gloriously - well beyond
the trivial fads and fashions of popular culture. Waits latest release, the 3CD
set Orphans: Brawlers,
Bawlers and Bastards adds further weight to that stellar reputation.
Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards is a wide-ranging collection of 54
songs - including 30 new
recordings equaling over three hours of rare and never-before heard music.
The set comes complete
with a 94-page booklet.
Each of the three CDs is separately grouped and sub-titled Brawlers, Bawlers
and Bastards to capture
the full spectrum of Waits ranging and roving musical styles