Small Change (studio album) by Tom Waits

Small Change by Tom Waits
Year: 1976
Overall rank: 1,220th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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79/100 (from 327 votes)
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Award Top albums of 1976 (22nd)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (252nd)
Award Best albums of all time (1,220th)
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Small Change is ranked 6th best out of 26 albums by Tom Waits on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Tom Waits is Rain Dogs which is ranked number 109 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 13,023.

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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.7/100, a mean average of 77.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.9/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.0.

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From 12/31/2019 16:48
Great stuff.
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From 07/27/2018 20:59
My favourite Tom Waits album. It has wit, pathos, gallows humour and some of the finest lyrics put to music. Everyone who has ever been drunk can relate to Tom Traubert's Blues. Or anyone who has ever felt sorry for themselves. It has some great songs. It probably is the ultimate drinking album but I don't drink anymore. But it doesn't stop me relating to this fine album.
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From 02/15/2018 19:27
Tom Traubert's blues", per quel che mi riguarda, fa parte delle mie - facciamo - cinque canzoni preferite del suo autore. Il resto è un lavoro magari discontinuo ma eccellente, composto da notturni pianistici ora più vicini al blues, ora al jazz, evocanti locali fumosi e malfamati e suonato con una strumentazione parca ( piano, basso, batteria e sax ) che dà all'album quell'asciuttezza che più avanti sarebbe mancata.
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From 07/15/2017 06:05
Love for this original
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From 04/10/2017 06:49
"Tom Traubert's Blues" and "Jitterbug Blues" are two of Tom Waits's best. A somewhat inconsistent album, but it's nevertheless the album where we get to here "the voice" for the first time (switching to the signature drawl from his earlier, more conventional singing style)
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From 04/15/2016 15:39
Small change is without doubt the best Tom Waits album of the seventies. Here, he is fully formed, the sozzled barroom troubadour reaches it's peak. Waits is at the top of his game. While, closing time, was uncertain, the heart of Saturday night, slightly immature, and, nighthawks at the diner, a little forced, small change, is the record where Waits completely nails it. Opener, Tom Traubert's blues, is one of Waits' greatest ever songs, beautiful and moving, a stunning track. One step up, is a mock improvisation,again stunning. Other highlights are the excellent, invitation to the blues, the superb, bad liver and a broken heart, and the lovely closing track, I can't wait to get of work. There's no weak tracks, everything is wonderful, the lyrics are extraordinary, the performances perfect, from the cool jazz of, I wish I was in New Orleans, to the smoky title track. Small change, is an inebriated masterpiece. Excellent.
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From 04/11/2013 17:12
Small Change marks Tom Waits' transition to elite status.
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From 12/26/2012 22:36
Although its a close race, this has to be my favorite Waits album. Cant get enough. Tom traubert's blues will be played at every special occasion for the rest of my life.
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From 09/10/2010 09:05
One of those albums that seems to last 100 years. And I don't actually mean that in a bad way.
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Best Albums of 1976
1. Songs In The Key Of Life by Stevie Wonder
2. Station To Station by David Bowie
3. Ramones by Ramones
4. Hotel California by Eagles
5. Boston by Boston
6. 2112 by Rush
7. Desire by Bob Dylan
8. The Modern Lovers by The Modern Lovers
9. Hejira by Joni Mitchell
10. A Trick Of The Tail by Genesis
11. A New World Record by Electric Light Orchestra
12. Jailbreak by Thin Lizzy
13. Rising by Rainbow
14. A Day At The Races by Queen
15. Oxygène by Jean Michel Jarre
16. The Royal Scam by Steely Dan
17. Rocks by Aerosmith
18. África Brasil by Jorge Ben
19. Moonmadness by Camel
20. Wind & Wuthering by Genesis
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