Check out Tom Waits’ personally curated career-spanning playlist

For everyone who loves Tom Waits and those who want to explore more of him. 


Tom Waits’ first seven albums, originally released through Elektra Asylum Records in the 1970’s are now out. All seven titles – many of which have been long out of print – are to be re-released on high quality 180-gram vinyl throughout 2018.

The time-honoured and critically acclaimed debut album Closing Time can be purchased on vinyl now and six additional titles, Heart of Saturday Night, Nighthawks at the Diner, Small Change, Foreign Affairs, Blue Valentine and Heartattack and Vine, are also available.

To coincide with all these catalogue re-releases, Waits has personally curated a 76-song playlist spanning his entire career. You can now explore Waits’ many styles of storytelling and heartbreaking melodies right here:

On Record Store Day 2018, Waits will reissue his 2006 triple album Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards, which will be available as individual vinyl pieces for the first time ever on red, blue and grey 180-gram limited edition vinyl exclusively on 21 April in record stores.

Orphans is a collection of 56 songs that goes beyond a simple career retrospective, featuring vintage and newly recorded songs from 1984 to the mid-nineties. Over two thirds of the songs had previously never been released by Waits before it’s original release in 2006.

The collection is divided by genre; Brawlers is filled with raucous blues and full-throated juke joint stomps; Bawlers is classic lyrical Waits songs, including Celtic and country ballads, waltzes and lullabies; Finally, Bastards is a collection of experimental music and strange tales.