Perhaps due to the past couple of weeks of near constant puddles in L.A., I’ve found myself listening to Orphans and Rain Dogs ...a lot. Orphans, in particular, with its three thematic discs: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards, has me once again pondering the myriad of styles Tom Waits has experimented with over the years. For an artist who is now, for all intents and purposes, basically his own genre, it’s always interesting to listen to the older Waits catalog, back when he was still trying on various hats: folkster, jazzbo, beatnik, vaudevillian and bluesman. This KPFK radio session from 1974, recorded for the Folkscene program, finds Waits between his Closing Time LP and its follow up The Heart of Saturday Night. Amazing stuff – a snapshot in time of a young Waits just off touring the southeast with Frank Zappa. PS – Don’t skip the interviews.

MP3: Tom Waits :: Better Off Without A Wife
MP3: Tom Waits :: It’s Not Good To See You (Interview)
MP3: Tom Waits :: Foggy Night
MP3: Tom Waits :: You’re Working On Your Second Album (Interview)
MP3: Tom Waits :: The Ghost of Saturday Night
MP3: Tom Waits :: (Looking For) The Heart of Saturday Night
MP3: Tom Waits :: That’s Such A Fine Song (Interview)
MP3: Tom Waits :: Semi Suite
MP3: Tom Waits :: Let Me Ask You Something (Interview)
MP3: Tom Waits :: Drunk On The Moon
MP3: Tom Waits :: I Wonder (Interview)
MP3: Tom Waits :: Depot Depot
MP3: Tom Waits :: For Those Who May Have Just Joined Us (Interview)
MP3: Tom Waits :: Diamonds On My Windshield
MP3: Tom Waits :: That’s Great (Interview)
MP3: Tom Waits :: San Diego Serenade
MP3: Tom Waits :: What Are Your Plans Now (Interview)
MP3: Tom Waits :: Rosie
MP3: Tom Waits :: For Those of You (Interview)
MP3: Tom Waits :: Fumblin’ With The Blues

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30 Responses to “Tom Waits :: Los Angeles, 7.23.74 KPFK Folkscene”

  1. What a great recording! Thanks for sharing.

  2. thanks for this! i’ve been living in buenos aires since mid-december, and it’s finally getting to be fall season here. these songs/interviews will make my remaining time here all the better until i get back to los angeles at the end of march. cheers!

  3. Thanks for posting this. I’m sure it will become a favorite.

  4. Amazing. His voice sounds so clear here!

  5. Do you know who took that pic?

  6. @ tr, i do not (found it on google images). if you know, holler at me so I can credit.

  7. Thanks for that one. thunder storms were increasing over the
    Southeast and South Central portions of my cubical. AH, the sun is shining

  8. That was such a great listen. Hearing the various versions of the songs from the early years is such a great look inside his creative process – watching the songs develop.

  9. tom is such a charmer, isn’t he? & san diego seranade is my all-time favorite. period. thanks so so much ad!

  10. This is phenomenal. Thank you very much. One of the best AD posts ever.

  11. ^^^^^
    agreed, phenomenal. thanks for this.

  12. Not liking Tom Waits should be considered a sin – Waits personifies awesomeness. I must download these tracks (wish I had time now).

  13. I want to say that’s Annie L. for Rolling Stone magazine. Its in the first edition rolling stone images book.

    Need to figure that one out.

  14. Thanks so much for this AD. The interviews (and performance, obviously) are so fantastic. This would make a great companion piece to go with the two ‘Early Years’ recordings.

  15. Truly one of the greats at this point. One of a kind and a living legend.

    “Never saw the morning till I stayed up all night.”

  16. wow!!

  17. I love the titles of the interview portions.

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  19. Fantastic post, man! A lot of fun.

  20. Awesome, thank you!!

  21. thanks so much for this wonderful recording. always so interesting to hear his early stuff.

  22. i agree w/ comment #4. i’m astounded by the youth and clarity of the voice here. as much as i love bob dylan, bruce springsteen and steve earle, i’m not sure any of them ever did anything better than the clean, simple rendition here of ‘looking for the heart of a saturday night.’ just plain perfect.

  23. exelente! muchas gracias!

  24. I’m a massive Tom fan, especially his early stuff. I can’t seem to download this, is there any chance you could do a yousendit file? Or tell me what I’m doing wrong?

  25. very cool, I am going to download and definately not skip interviews!

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  27. Hello all! I’m very new to Aquarium Drunkard and am so excited about the Tom Waits material. I’ve seen on the contact page that mp3’s are hosted for only a limited time. Does anyone know where I could get this Tom Waits interview? I’d really appreciate it.

    Many Thanks!

  28. hey man, i was wondering if we could get a new link for “looking for the heart of saturday night”, track 6. i know your links expire but i have every other track from the session, i just need to complete my collection.

    this is truly amazing stuff.

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  30. Hey !
    Do you know where I could find those links, I’ve lost my iPod and I missed so much this record!!

    Thanks for your help!

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