Tom Waits: Mr Henry (1980)

 |   |  <1 min read

Tom Waits: Mr Henry (1980)

Here's a beautiful old rare one -- with surface noise included -- taken from that period when Waits was writing barfly short stories in song.

This outtake from the Heartattack and Vine album of 1980 only ever appeared on an Asylum compilation Bounced Checks ('81) and that record hasn't been released on CD.

So here is Waits from three decades ago, sitting at the piano and telling a story with an understated punchline.

There is plenty more from and about Tom Waits at Elsewhere, starting here.

For more one-off or songs with a back-story see From the Vaults.

Share It

Your Comments

Mike Rudge - Jul 2, 2011

A great lost song from a great lost album. Bought a few copies to introduce friends to Waits but made the mistake of not getting a copy myself!! r Henry and the live version of Piano were highlights.

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

The Saints: (I'm) Stranded (1976)

The Saints: (I'm) Stranded (1976)

Bob Geldof once observed, "Rock music of the Seventies was changed by three bands -- the Sex Pistols, the Ramones and the Saints". That the Saints out of suburban Brisbane -- hardly... > Read more

Neil Young and the Bluenotes: This Note's For You (1988)

Neil Young and the Bluenotes: This Note's For You (1988)

An artist, sportsperson or public figure who doesn't accept, let alone solicit, corporate money these days is a rarity, possibly even considered somewhat odd -- and maybe even suspect. But back... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

NICK LOWE INTERVIEWED (2009): As times go by

NICK LOWE INTERVIEWED (2009): As times go by

It is one of the ironies of Nick Lowe’s life that -- despite producing the first three Elvis Costello albums, the success of his solo debut Jesus of Cool in ‘78 (retitled Pure Pop for... > Read more

GRAHAM REID, WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? In search of my name in Scotland

GRAHAM REID, WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? In search of my name in Scotland

When I was in primary school, at least once every year, I’d be teased about my name. Not the unexceptional one on this article, but my full name which some sneaky kid would discover by... > Read more