Orphans (Triple CD)
Released on December 5, 2006
“A lot of songs that fell behind the stove while making dinner” is
how Tom Waits describes his new three-disc set, Orphans. The collection goes far beyond a simple career retrospective, with over 30 newly recorded songs – from Waits’ own versions of songs he gave to other artists to some “things I recorded in the garage with the kids” – while over two-thirds of the material has never been heard before now. In addition to the new work, Orphans features a number of tracks finding a home on a Waits album for the first time.
They include Waits’ unique interpretations of songs by such
extraordinarily diverse talents as The Ramones, Daniel Johnston,
Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht and Leadbelly. 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. “Brawlers” is chock full of raucous blues and
full-throated juke-joint stomp, “Bawlers” contains Celtic and country
ballads, waltzes, lullabies, piano and classic lyrical Waits’ songs,
while “Bastards” is filled with experimental music, stories and
jokes. Orphans will be a must-have for Waits’ devoted fans.