June 11, 2015 – 7:44 am

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Boston 1977 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the The Paradise Theatre, Boston, MA; October 5, 1977 (Late Show). Very good WBCN FM broadcast.

On October 5, 1977, Tom Waits played the Paradise Rock Club, an 850-capacity venue in Boston that had only been open for three weeks. With a fedora on his head and a cigarette in hand, the (then) 27-year-old crooner already sounded weather-worn on songs like “The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me)” and “Bad Liver and a Broken Heart.”

Thanks to StuHanson for sharing the show at Dime.

StuHanson noted: “Upright bass player on this tour, Danny Mann, is absent. This is an unusual trio configuration for the entire performance. Virtually flawless open reel master of the entire WBCN simulcast.”

Picture by Wolynski, posted at - Thanks!

WBCN FM Simulcast > Alan Bershaw’s Reel Master @ 3.75ips
Transfer: Reel Master @ 3.75ips played back on original TEAC A-4010S recording deck (on January 5, 2012) > Lexicon Lambda > Logic (track indexing only, no processing whatsoever) > 16/44.1 AIFF

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Track 01. Introduction 0:27 (772k)
Track 02. Standing On The Corner 5:50 (9.8MB)
Track 03. Muriel 3:56 (6.6MB)
Track 04. Invitation To The Blues 3:19 (5.6MB)
Track 05. Eggs And Sausage 4:55 (8.3MB)
Track 06. Pasties And A G String 6:32 (11.0MB)
Track 07. I Never Talk To Strangers 3:25 (5.8MB)
Track 08. Fumblin’ With The Blues 2:39 (4.4MB)
Track 09. The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me) 3:57 (6.6MB)
Track 10. Small Change 7:29 (12.6MB)
Track 11. I Can’t Wait To Get Off Work 3:27 (5.8MB)
Track 12. Bad Liver and A Broken Heart 4:49 (8.1MB)
Track 13. Step Right Up 5:58 (10.0MB)
Track 14. San Diego Serenade 5:04 (8.5MB)
Track 15. WBCN encore 1 chatter 1:21 (2.3MB)
Track 16. A Sight For Sore Eyes 4:57 (8.3MB)
Track 17. WBCN encore 2 chatter 1:56 (3.2MB)
Track 18. Big Joe And Phantom 309 6:13 (10.4MB)
Track 19. WBCN outro 0:46 (1.3MB)
77 mins

Tom Waits - vocals, piano, guitar
Frank Vicari - tenor sax
Chip White - drums, vibes, percussion

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  1. 10 Responses to “TOM WAITS - BOSTON 1977”

  2. Thanks, Big O. I wish I coulda been there, but this is the next best thing. Dim the lights have a few drinks, and play loud.

    By Eric (The Other Eric) on Jun 11, 2015

  3. And everyone knows who Alan Bershaw is. Correct?

    By rich on Jun 11, 2015

  4. Small Change got rained on by his own 38 is one of the greatest lines in all of songwriting….

    By dwight on Jun 11, 2015

  5. Rich - Ive seen Alans name on everything from old Dead Shows to tones of shows at Wolfgangs Vault - and I think he is currently Jewell’s manager or something - but I don’t know any of the background…

    By dwight on Jun 11, 2015

  6. Man this is just a great show and a really great recording

    By dwight on Jun 11, 2015

  7. great, great! love ‘never talk to strangers’ even w/o bette midler…

    By muddy on Jun 11, 2015

  8. Thanks Big O!
    I love this era of Tom Waits!

    By Charva on Jun 12, 2015

  9. the man is a genius and a gem

    By tony on Sep 6, 2015

  10. I was at this show. Saw him every chance I got during this era. Boston had tons of great shows, back then. I went to concerts at least twice a week. Glad I found this. Thanks, once again for bringing back a memory. jimg

    By jimg on Dec 3, 2015

  11. I’ve been a big fan of Waits ever since I first heard him in 1976 (Small Change). I’ve listened to all of his studio records, seen him live several times, and heard more than a dozen live recordings. This show is Tom at his very best. Perhaps it’s the absence of a bassist - Tom really steps up, and you hear what a truly fine pianist he is, live and in real time.

    By db on Oct 29, 2016

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