- Released: August 1, 1989
- Label: Island
Rolling Stone - 11/89Ranked #21
in Rolling Stone's "100 Best Albums Of The Eighties" survey (November 1989).
Q - 10/92, p.1015 Stars
- Indispensable - "...[Waits has] thrust spiky tendrils out to the hidden corners of the continent and sucked their influences into his own bourbon-soaked worldview..."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.775 stars out of 5
-- "RAIN DOGS is ambitious and immensely satisfying. All human life is indeed here..."
NME (Magazine) - 9/25/93, p.19Ranked #21
in NME's list of the '50 Greatest Albums Of The '80s.'
NME (Magazine) - 10/2/93, p.29Ranked #70
in NME's list of the 'Greatest Albums Of All Time.'
- 2.Clap Hands
- 3.Cemetery Polka
- 4.Jockey Full Of Bourbon
- 5.Tango Till They're Sore
- 6.Big Black Mariah
- 7.Diamonds & Gold
- 8.Hang Down Your Head
- 10.Rain Dogs
- 12.Ninth & Hennepin
- 13.Gun Street Girl
- 14.Union Square
- 15.Blind Love
- 16.Walking Spanish
- 17.Downtown Train
- 18.Bride Of A Rain Dog
- 19.Anywhere I Lay My Head
Personnel: Tom Waits (vocals, guitar, banjo, piano, Farfisa organ, pump organ, harmonium); Keith Richards (vocals, guitar); Chris Spedding, Robert Quine, G.E. Smith, Marc Ribot (guitar); Robert Musso (banjo); Ross Levinson (violins); William Shimmel (accordion); Ralph Carney (clarinet, bass saxophone); John Lurie (alto saxophone); Arno Hecht (tenor saxophone); Crispin Cioe (baritone saxophone); Hollywood Paul Litteral (trumpet); Bob Funk (trombone); Robert Kilgore (organ); Larry Taylor, Tony Garnier, Greg Cohen (acoustic bass); Tony Levin (bass); Stephen Arvizu, Taylor Hodges, Micky Curry (drums); Robert Previte (percussion, marimba); Michael Blair (percussion, marimba, congas, drums, bowed saw).
Recorded at RCA Studios, Los Angeles, California.
Composer: Tom Waits.
Personnel: Tom Waits (vocals, guitar, harmonium); Keith Richards (guitar, background vocals); Chris Spedding, G.E. Smith, Marc Ribot, Robert Quine (guitar); Robert Musso (banjo); Ross Levinson (violin); William Shimmel (accordion); Arno Hecht (saxophone, tenor horn); Crispin Cioe, John Lune (saxophone); John Lurie (alto saxophone); Ralph Carney (bass saxophone, wind); Hollywood Paul Litteral (trumpet); Bob Funk (trombone); Robbie Kilgore (organ); Michael Blair (marimba, drums, percussion); Bobby Previte (marimba, percussion); Greg Cohen, Larry Taylor , Tony Garnier (double bass); Mickey Curry, Stephen Hodges (drums).
Recording information: RCA Studios.
Tom Waits discarded his bohemian sage persona with the radical Swordfishtrombones, and this follow-up release synthesized and developed themes from that groundbreaking album. Ever-shifting percussive textures are supported, where applicable, by horns or Farfisa organ and several guest musicians, including Rolling Stone Keith Richards, contribute to its melange. Waits' bourbon-laced voice is as riveting as ever, intoning lyrics that are, at various times, touching, evocative, sly or simply funny. His off-kilter perceptions encompass country, polkas and heart-rending ballads, each of which he expresses with consummate ease. Rain Dogs is yet another strong statement from a highly innovative artist.