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Rain Dogs (1985)

Tom Waits
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Rock music, Blues, Folk music, Experimental rock, Avant-garde music, Blues-rock

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Rain Dogs is the 9th album by American singer-songwriter Tom Waits, released in August 1985 on Island Records. A loose concept album about "the urban dispossessed" of New York City, Rain Dogs is generally considered the middle album of a trilogy that includes Swordfishtrombones and Franks Wild Years.
The album, which includes appearances by guitarists Keith Richards and Marc Ribot, is noted for its broad spectrum of musical styles and genres, described by Rolling Stone as merging "Kurt Weill, pre-rock integrity from old dirty blues, [and] the elegiac melancholy of New Orleans funeral brass, into a singularly idiosyncratic American style."
The album peaked at #29 on the UK charts and #188 on the US Billboard Top 200. In 1989, it was ranked #21 on the Rolling Stone list of the "100 greatest albums of the 1980s." In 2003, the album was ranked number 397 on the magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time".
Pitchfork Media listed Rain Dogs as 8th best album of the 1980s. Slant Magazine listed the album at #14 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980's".
Waits wrote the majority of the album in a two month stint in the fall of 1984 in a basement room at the corner of

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Tracks

2:45 Singapore
3:48 Clap Hands
1:46 Cemetery Polka
2:43 Big Black Mariah
2:32 Diamonds & Gold
2:33 Hang Down Your Head
3:56 Time
2:57 Rain Dogs
1:03 Midtown (instrumental)
1:56 9th & Hennepin
4:37 Gun Street Girl
2:24 Union Square
4:20 Blind Love
3:07 Walking Spanish
1:09 Bride of Rain Dog (instrumental)
2:47 Anywhere I Lay My Head
2:51 Tango Till They're Sore
2:47 Jockey Full of Bourbon
3:51 Downtown Train
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