Closing Time (album) by Tom Waits

Closing Time
Closing Time by Tom Waits
Year: 1973
Overall rank: 508th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 454 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1973 (16th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (121st)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (508th)

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Closing Time is ranked 3rd best out of 28 albums by Tom Waits on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Tom Waits is Rain Dogs which is ranked number 100 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 15,955.

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 81.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 81.4/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.7.

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80/100
From 12/31/2019 16:47
Wonderful album.
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90/100
From 01/23/2018 20:49
Incredibly consistent. If it weren't for Rain Dogs, this would be my favourite from Tom.
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90/100
From 12/04/2017 09:35
One of the most beautiful albums ever written! His best work imo
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From 03/20/2017 05:25
A most unusual debut album for Waits- hardly indicative of his material to come, though perhaps topically relevant. Pretty much in every subsequent album, Waits sounds as if he's getting drunk at a bar. Here, he's already been there and done that- the album's title "closing time" couldn't be more accurate. Rock fans, shy away, this is music for lovers of vintage wine and scotch, soppy and folky like Seals and Crofts, Jim Croce, or even Dan Fogelberg. It's probably a must-hear on an actual vinyl. On the whole, I'm not sure this album has much of what I love about Tom Waits in it- the beatnik poet and drunken romantic, but it nevertheless captures truly well those late hours when nobody's around with cinematic accuracy. Even "Ice Cream Man" could be said to be a number that the house band plays "as a joke" after most people have left. If I had to describe it in one word: "creaky"
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95/100
From 01/29/2017 11:42
It's like you walk into a bar and a guys playing the piano and singing. That's what this album is like, the opening 3 tracks are brilliant and you can't wait for more. Martha & Rosie are also strong as is Lonely & Grapefruit Moon. A late night listen with a glass of wine and Relax.
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From 06/29/2016 12:35
My favorite songs : Martha ....Rosie....Closing time....Lonely....Ol'55
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From 03/29/2016 17:26
Tom Waits' debut album is a strange album. It's clear that Tom hasn't found his musical identity yet, but it's a nice combination of folk and jazz. Opener, 'ol 55, is one of Waits' best songs. The jewel in this album's crown is without doubt, the stunning, Martha, it's wonderful. Other good songs are old shoes, lonely, and, the sweet, grapefruit moon. This album has absolutely nothing to do with what Waits would do in the eighties and on, but it has hints of his barfly image of the seventies. A good start, just not yet fully formed.
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From 03/08/2016 00:54
My favourite Tom Waits album. Most of his other albums took me a while to get into but from the first listen this was amazing.
Fav tracks: Lonely, Old Shoes
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From 02/08/2016 00:17
I like just about everything Tom Waits has ever recorded, but this is my favorite of all his albums. Which probably says a lot about me as a listener. While I love the weirdness, goofiness, and twistedness of later Waits albums, it is this collection of guilelessly sentimental, lonely love songs that reaches my heart the most. "Ol' 55" is my favorite here, though there's really not a weak track among the bunch.
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Best Albums of 1973
1. The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
2. Houses Of The Holy by Led Zeppelin
3. Innervisions by Stevie Wonder
4. Selling England By The Pound by Genesis
5. Quadrophenia by The Who
6. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John
7. Raw Power by Iggy And The Stooges
8. Band On The Run by Paul McCartney & Wings
9. Aladdin Sane by David Bowie
10. Future Days by Can
11. (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd) by Lynyrd Skynyrd
12. Berlin by Lou Reed
13. For Your Pleasure by Roxy Music
14. Head Hunters by Herbie Hancock
15. The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle by Bruce Springsteen
16. Closing Time by Tom Waits
17. Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield
18. Larks' Tongues In Aspic by King Crimson
19. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath by Black Sabbath
20. Artaud by Pescado Rabioso
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