1973 Debutový album nekonečne uleteného objavu v barovom blues-jazze.
Closing Time bol nahratý v roku 1972 a vydaný v marci roku 1973 spoločnosťou Asylum Records. Tom Waits považuje tento album za najjednoduchší na akom kedy pracoval, čo potvrdzuje aj čas v ktorom bol nahratý, a to necelé dva týždne.
It starts with a sunrise, it ends with „one star shining,“ and in between Closing Time contains an honest year’s worth (1973, to be exact) of sweet, melodic, vintage Tom Waits–minus some of the vocal growl and thematic grit of his later stuff (but you can see it coming). Waltzes, lullabies, blues, jazz, you name it. Driving songs and drinking songs, even an honest to gosh country tune: „Rosie.“ There are torchers („Lonely“), scorchers („Ice Cream Man“), and back-porch senior citizen love songs („Martha“): „Those were the days of roses/Poetry and prose, and/Martha, all I had was you and all you had was me.“ Other standouts are „I Hope That I Don’t Fall in Love with You“ (guess what–he does!) and „Grapefruit Moon,“ in which Waits croons: „Every time I hear that melody, something breaks inside.“ Hang on to your hearts and hats, folks. –Dan Leone
V roku 2010 vyšiel limitovaný remaster tohto albumu ktorý nesmie chýbať.
Tom Waits‘ debut album is a minor-key masterpiece filled with songs of late-night loneliness. Within the apparently narrow range of the cocktail bar pianistics and muttered vocals, Waits and producer Jerry Yester manage a surprisingly broad collection of styles, from the jazzy „Virginia Avenue“ to the up-tempo funk of „Ice Cream Man“ and from the acoustic guitar folkiness of „I Hope That I Don’t Fall in Love With You“ to the saloon song „Midnight Lullaby,“ which would have been a perfect addition to the repertoires of Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennett. Waits‘ entire musical approach is stylized, of course, and at times derivative — „Lonely“ borrows a little too much from Randy Newman’s „I Think It’s Going to Rain Today“ — and his lovelorn lyrics can be sentimental without being penetrating. But he also has a gift for gently rolling pop melodies, and he can come up with striking, original scenarios, as on the best songs, „Ol‘ 55“ and „Martha,“ which Yester discreetly augments with strings. Closing Time announces the arrival of a talented songwriter whose self-conscious melancholy can be surprisingly moving. — by William Ruhlmann
- Ol‘ ’55
- I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You
- Virginia Avenue
- Old Shoes (& Picture Postcards)
- Midnight Lullaby
- Ice Cream Man
- Little Trip To Heaven (On The Wings Of Your Love)
- Grapefruit Moon
- Closing Time