After signing with Asylum Records in the early 1970s, Tom Waits recorded a series of acclaimed albums whose noir tales about the after-midnight underworld transformed the seedy into the sublime in songs laced with both dark humor and profound longing. Decades and several musical evolutions later, Waits’ Asylum years still hold a special place in the hearts of many fans. Waits’ first seven albums on Asylum have been remastered and will be re-released via Anti-Records. Released in 1980, Heartattack and Vine was Waits’ final album on Elektra Asylum and it built on the raw blues approach of Blue Valentine with the incendiary title track, the funky, organ driven quot;Downtownquot; and the stomping NOLA blues of quot;Mr. Siegal.quot; This album also contains some of Waits’ most popular ballads, including quot;Jersey Girlquot; which was famously a hit for Bruce Springsteen. quot;On the Nicklequot; is a moving song about the homeless people who lived on 5th street in downtown LA, and quot;Ruby’s Armsquot; is a beautiful song with a lovely Bach-like melody.
Newly Remastered with Waits/Brennan.