Tom Waits: Mr Henry (1980)

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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.

This isn't on any streaming services that I can see either. 

So here is Waits from more than four 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.

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For more oddities, one-offs or songs with an interesting backstory check the massive back-catalogue at From the Vaults.

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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.

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