July 19, 2014 – 5:22 am

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Amsterdam 2004 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Kninklijk Theater Carre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; November 21, 2004. Excellent FM stereo.

Karla Healion,, 2004:

Someone once said that listening to a Tom Waits CD is more like watching a play than hearing an album. So seeing a Tom Waits show is perhaps akin to some abstruse sensory overload that, no matter how high the expectation, will bite you like a shark…

Sometimes the set is challenging; he’s taken to beat-boxing percussive hits vocally when playing live, but, much like life, these moments bring you to a new realm of appreciation and leave you wishing they’d never end. Other songs, like ‘I’m Still Here’, ‘Alice’ or ‘November’ are pensive ballads of the type only Waits can perform; gentle, softly replete with meaning and substance.

He didn’t talk very much, which would have been a shame if the tunes themselves didn’t speak more eloquently than any stage banter. His band was tight and lent him the perfect platform, in abstract sporadic percussion and great guitar solos, to keep his unique bark and whiskey-drenched drawl going for two hours and three encores. Stunning.

Thanks to vortex242 who shared this at Dime in 2005; and to procella for keeping the show alive.

Radio 1 FM Broadcast (9.8.2005)
MaCD (Tascam CD-RW 700) > EAC > CDwave > FLAC

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Disc 1
Track 101. Hoist That Rag 5:25 (9.1MB)
Track 102. Make It Rain 5:07 (8.6MB)
Track 103. Jockey Full Of Bourbon 3:37 (6.1MB)
Track 104. Don’t Go Into That Barn 7:34 (12.7MB)
Track 105. Sins Of The Father 12:28 (20.9MB)
Track 106. ping pong ball story 1:45 (2.9MB)
Track 107. Straight To The Top 5:15 (8.8MB)
Track 108. God’s Away On Business 4:06 (6.9MB)
Track 109. Misery’s The River Of The World 3:54 (6.6MB)
Track 110. Alice 5:32 (9.3MB)
Track 111. November 3:12 (5.4MB)
58 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Eyeball Kid 7:39 (12.9MB)
Track 202. Walk Away 3:59 (6.7MB)
Track 203. Metropolitain Glide 5:54 (9.9MB)
Track 204. What’s He Building (In There) 4:56 (8.3MB)
Track 205. Shake It 7:27 (12.5MB)
Track 206. audience 0:21 (577k)
Track 207. 16 Shells From A Thirty-Ought Six 6:13 (10.4MB)
Track 208. Trampled Rose 4:37 (7.8MB)
Track 209. House Where Nobody Lives 4:33 (7.7MB)
Track 210. dead ringer story 2:45 (4.6MB)
Track 211. Lucky Day 3:50 (6.4MB)
53 mins

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  1. 18 Responses to “TOM WAITS - AMSTERDAM 2004”

  2. Oboyoboyoboy!!!!


    By lowendbill on Jul 19, 2014

  3. Kninklijk Theater Carre must be Koninklijk
    Theater Theater Carre (Koninklijk = from the
    King = Royal)

    By birdynl on Jul 19, 2014

  4. Yay! Thanks for this Big O always a treat, some more Tom!
    As for the venue, like it says on the cover!
    It’s a typo, forgive them, Dutch is HARD!
    Shout out to all my old pals in the Nederlands

    By swappers on Jul 19, 2014

  5. this is not a FM recording; it’s audience

    By quirky on Jul 19, 2014

  6. Quirky, not a FM recording? You should know the dutch audience!
    Big O thanks for this great concert, waiting a long time for more Tom Waits.

    By elke on Jul 19, 2014

  7. the reason quirky doesnt think its an fm recording is because hes used to usa fm brdcsts where the sound is compressed so everything is pushed up front and theres no highs and lows and its not similar to a soundboard recording as much as the european fm brdcsts are. in addition tom waits engineers and specifically the soundmen at this particular venue apparently mic’d this performance with that ‘distant’ sound that gives it a different feel to it than if it was recorded here in the usa. i can see why he believed it was an audience recording.
    if u listen closely u can hear the audience in a more carpeted far away sound than if it was an audience recording. if u had a few downloadable tools that u can find online if u wish to look for them.. u could play the recording thru an oscilloscope and see the readings for yourself which would show u that it is indeed an fm originated source. normally this is used to determine if its soundboard or audience but it will work for fm too. i havent used mine in years but after using it for years and having many 1000s of recordings including this one back 10 yrs ago when it first happened and was made available because it was brdcst.. i have learned to recognize them pretty easily.
    every now and then i hear an audience recording that can fool me tho. i had a couple of radio city music hall shows that if i didnt know better id say they were soundboards. and i have heard some grateful dead audience recordings that i was blown over by their quality. in the late 80s early 90s some ppl were able to do things that could trick anyones ears. so in the years since who knows?

    By darth on Jul 20, 2014

  8. oh and one more thing.. sometimes.. audience and aud/sbd matrix recordings are later brdcst over the radio. so while a radio broadcast is really an fm brdcst.. its true original recording is really an audience recording.
    for example.. there is a station in nyc called wbai-fm. they would often on thursdays have a grateful dead show. they played other bands too that gd fans appreciated but primarily they were a deadhead fans show. sometimes they would play audience recordings. ppl at home would record these. it was an fm station brdcsting the show. it wasnt even a college station but even if it was.. its still an fm station. ultimately of course the recording is audience/fm.
    just wanted to point out that there are other possibilities.

    By darth on Jul 20, 2014

  9. aren`t you late for work darth, glen whatever your name is?

    By judge juby on Jul 20, 2014

  10. I gave the topic a further look. Now I used headphones and my opinion is still the same. It is a very listenable recording (that means better than some murky sbd’s)but the source is clearly audience. I’m missing the clear separation of the instruments and the voice is permanently too distant. And the recording is not well balanced. If there were professional mics onstage the voice should be less distant at least from time to time when Tom walks towards the microphone (see track 106) Maybe this recording was later broadcasted. But I don’t think that a radio station uses recordings done from a person in the audience. Curiously the applause/hand clapping doesn’t sound like an audience recording.
    At the end a spectacular audience recording that blew me away. Pink Floyd - Hamilton ‘75. It’s live at Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada - June 28, 1975.

    By quirky on Jul 20, 2014

  11. no sense arguing with glen/darth quirky, he , just like the axis, knows everything.

    By judge juby on Jul 20, 2014

  12. quirky / darth: Hello guys, what a lot of words! EVER LISTEN to the LAST TRACK of THIS CONCERT???? Announcement of German Radio is fading away!

    By elke on Jul 20, 2014

  13. @elke, how rare and how superb, a voice of reason and someone who has actually take the time to listen to the music fully, well done.
    also thanks to BigO for taking the time and effort to share the music, which is what it is all about,

    By GMAL on Jul 20, 2014

  14. Big-O, in your description, you list a song: ‘I’m Still Here’, which is not in this set (or even a TW song I know of). Perhaps you meant “Misery… “?

    Big deal. Just a petty detail in a superb offering.

    By lowendbill on Jul 21, 2014

  15. Hello lowendbill

    Thanks for your note. It came from a review of the 2004 show and perhaps the writer was not aware of the title of the track then.

    By bigozine2 on Jul 21, 2014

  16. so in other words the evidence at the end of the final track proves that it is an fm brdcst? which is what i claimed in the first place? imagine that.

    By darth on Jul 21, 2014

  17. For no apparent reason, I wanted to know who played what-this is whats listed on Wikipedia

    Tom Waits - vocals, piano, percussion, guitar
    Larry Taylor - upright bass
    Marc Ribot - guitar
    Bryan “Brain” Mantia - drums
    Sullivan Waits - congas

    By DanC on Jul 22, 2014

  18. @lowendbill:

    “I’m Still Here” is on the album “Alice”,
    Beautiful ballad.

    By Steve on Jul 22, 2014

  19. Thanx, Steve. Funny about “Alice”… I found the demoes boot at a swap meet years ago, loved it. But when when TW finally got around to recording and releasing the songs, it felt flat to me in comparison, like he’d lost the inspiration over time. Almost like a contractual obligation to get out of his hair.

    Still love the demoes, though!

    By lowendbill on Jul 23, 2014

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