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Album artwork for Mule Variations by Tom Waits

Seven years passed between the release of Bone Machine and Mule Variations. During that time Tom Waits eschewed cutting another conventional (the term used loosely here) song collection, occupying his time with acting projects, a soundtrack (Night on Earth), a stage project (The Black Rider), and sundry smaller diversions. What's surprising about Mule Variations is how little he's strayed from the old bone yard through the years.

As with his grammy-winning 1992 outing, Waits intersperses the tough and the tender, mixing exercises in creative noisemaking with tunes that fall on just the right side of maudlin. As with Bone Machine's "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me", What's He Building? is an experiment in word jazz that owes a debt to its creator, Ken Nordine. Waits has again assembled a crew of attuned sidemen (including Primus and steadfast backers Ralph Carney, Larry Taylor, and Joe Gore). And, as always, Waits and his wife - co-songwriter co-producer Kathleen Brennan exhibit an uncanny ear for the arcane.

Tom Waits

Mule Variations

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Album artwork for Mule Variations by Tom Waits
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£23.99

Newly Remastered with Waits / Brennan Double 180 Gram Vinyl with Download.

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Released 18/03/2022Catalogue Number

265473

Album artwork for Mule Variations by Tom Waits
CD

£10.99

Released 31/10/2006Catalogue Number

265472

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Tom Waits

Mule Variations

Anti
Album artwork for Album artwork for Mule Variations by Tom Waits by Mule Variations - Tom Waits
Album artwork for Mule Variations by Tom Waits
LPx2

£23.99

Newly Remastered with Waits / Brennan Double 180 Gram Vinyl with Download.

Black
Released 18/03/2022Catalogue Number

265473

Album artwork for Mule Variations by Tom Waits
CD

£10.99

Released 31/10/2006Catalogue Number

265472

Usually dispatched in 5-10 days

Seven years passed between the release of Bone Machine and Mule Variations. During that time Tom Waits eschewed cutting another conventional (the term used loosely here) song collection, occupying his time with acting projects, a soundtrack (Night on Earth), a stage project (The Black Rider), and sundry smaller diversions. What's surprising about Mule Variations is how little he's strayed from the old bone yard through the years.

As with his grammy-winning 1992 outing, Waits intersperses the tough and the tender, mixing exercises in creative noisemaking with tunes that fall on just the right side of maudlin. As with Bone Machine's "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me", What's He Building? is an experiment in word jazz that owes a debt to its creator, Ken Nordine. Waits has again assembled a crew of attuned sidemen (including Primus and steadfast backers Ralph Carney, Larry Taylor, and Joe Gore). And, as always, Waits and his wife - co-songwriter co-producer Kathleen Brennan exhibit an uncanny ear for the arcane.