Album artwork for The Austin Broadcast 1978 & the 1976 European Broadcast by Tom Waits

One of the most insightful songwriters to come out of America, the Tom Waits of the 70s was part Beat poet, part barfly, all heart-on-sleeve troubadour who could find humour in even the most tragic situations. Yet while his hard-drinking lifestyle threatened to catch up with him in the mid-to-late 70s, Waits was always at the top of his game as a performer, as the two TV specials included on The Austin Broadcast 1978 & the 1976 European Broadcast make clear.

The first, recorded for an Austin City Limits TV special just months after the release of his sixth studio album, Blue Valentine, plays like a fever dream from a smoky jazz club, Waits delivering the Great American Songbook classic Summertime alongside some of his finest narrative songs, including Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis and Small Change.

The performance filmed in a TV studio in Denmark, on 1 June 1976, finds the fast-developing talent honing his stagecraft. Bonus Track The Piano Has Been Drinking, recorded in 1977, captures that talent exploding in hilarious wordplay.

Tom Waits

The Austin Broadcast 1978 & the 1976 European Broadcast

FM
Album artwork for The Austin Broadcast 1978 & the 1976 European Broadcast by Tom Waits
CDx2

£5.99

Released 28/04/2023Catalogue Number

FMGZ142CD

Tom Waits

The Austin Broadcast 1978 & the 1976 European Broadcast

FM
Album artwork for The Austin Broadcast 1978 & the 1976 European Broadcast by Tom Waits
CDx2

£5.99

Released 28/04/2023Catalogue Number

FMGZ142CD

One of the most insightful songwriters to come out of America, the Tom Waits of the 70s was part Beat poet, part barfly, all heart-on-sleeve troubadour who could find humour in even the most tragic situations. Yet while his hard-drinking lifestyle threatened to catch up with him in the mid-to-late 70s, Waits was always at the top of his game as a performer, as the two TV specials included on The Austin Broadcast 1978 & the 1976 European Broadcast make clear.

The first, recorded for an Austin City Limits TV special just months after the release of his sixth studio album, Blue Valentine, plays like a fever dream from a smoky jazz club, Waits delivering the Great American Songbook classic Summertime alongside some of his finest narrative songs, including Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis and Small Change.

The performance filmed in a TV studio in Denmark, on 1 June 1976, finds the fast-developing talent honing his stagecraft. Bonus Track The Piano Has Been Drinking, recorded in 1977, captures that talent exploding in hilarious wordplay.