December 26, 2015 – 5:18 am

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Austin City Limits 1978 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Studio 6A, Communications Building B, University of Texas, Austin, Texas; December 5, 1978 (Originally broadcast during ACL Season 4 in 1979). Very good audio (ripped from HD webcast).

Thanks to indykid for sharing the show at Dime.

indykid noted:

Tom Waits, looking like a grown-up Dead End Kid and spinning out stories of the sordid side of city life, is without equal as a chronicler of small-timers and the urban world they live in. No one can create a mood of the nightlife like the 28-year-old Waits did on Austin City Limits in 1978.

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Track 01. Summertime/Burma Shave 11:51 (19.9MB)
Track 02. Annie’s Back in Town/I Wish I Was in New Orleans 7:29 (12.6MB)
Track 03. A Sweet Little Bullet From a Pretty Blue Gun 7:41 (12.9MB)
Track 04. On the Nickel 6:11 (10.4MB)
Track 05. Romeo is Bleeding 4:56 (8.3MB)
Track 06. Silent Night/Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis 5:38 (9.5MB)
Track 07. Small Change 10:52 (18.2MB)
55 mins

Tom Waits
Herbert Hardesty - sax, flugelhorn, trumpet
Arthur Richardson - guitar
John Thomassie - drums
Greg Cohen - bass

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  1. 18 Responses to “TOM WAITS - CHRISTMAS 1978”

  2. This is one from the heart: The beginning of a first peak (Blue Valentine/Heartattack And Vine) in the career of one of the greatest contemporary singer/songwriters. Tom Waits. Just great!

    By Tony Lauber on Dec 26, 2015

  3. Right on! Loved this tour and “Blue Valentines’.

    By Happy Camper on Dec 26, 2015

  4. thanks bigo.
    thanks for everything all year round.

    By sluggo on Dec 26, 2015

  5. I love Tom Waits!

    By Phil on Dec 26, 2015

  6. Just great! Thanks a lot BigO

    By arusha on Dec 27, 2015

  7. Hi, dear bigozine team,
    what happened to the Kiltartan link? It takes me right to Tom Waits. It worked yesterday. Could you do something about this dead link? Thanks in advance.

    By Axel on Dec 27, 2015

  8. Axel, appears to be fixed now (at least on my end).

    By Happy Camper on Dec 27, 2015

  9. Hello Axel

    Kindly refresh the page and try again.

    By bigozine2 on Dec 27, 2015

  10. Thanks a lot. Everything’s fine now.

    By Axel on Dec 27, 2015

  11. Thanks, Tom has always been a favorite. Saw him several times in Boston, & Providence back in the 70’s. This is a really good show.

    By jimg on Dec 29, 2015

  12. another fine show from tom! thanks bigO!

    By barth on Dec 30, 2015

  13. Greg Cohen from John Zorn’s Masada on bass

    By mrbelette on Dec 26, 2016

  14. Rumor has it Tom gots a Big Un

    By U L E on Nov 10, 2019

  15. “On the Nickel” is my favorite Waits song. I first heard it on Dylan’s Theme Time Radio show.

    By Mark on Nov 10, 2019

  16. Just saw John Zorn’s New Masada Quartet @ The Village Vanguard - Great….

    By harmon on Nov 10, 2019

  17. Thank you Big0, much appreciate this era

    By Small Change on Nov 11, 2019

  18. Great band-yes, Greg Cohen of Masada, and the great Herbert Hardesty, best know nknown for his work with Fats Domino. The whole outfit sounds great. Thanks, Big O!

    By Eric on Nov 11, 2019


    By Eric on Nov 13, 2019

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