tom is waiting announced a 50th anniversary re-release of their debut studio album ‘Closing Time’ – see full details below.
The original version of the record was released on March 6, 1973 and featured the single ‘Ol’ ’55’.
To mark the five-decade milestone, a special edition of “Closing Time” is set to arrive on June 2 via ANTI – you can pre-order it here.
The double LP is available on clear and black 180g vinyl cut to 45rpm with half-speed mastering by Abbey Road Studios in London. It will be packaged in a gatefold sleeve with the lyrics.
Additionally, a remastered digital version of the album is now available on streaming platforms. You can listen below via Spotify.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Tom Waits’ debut album, Closing Time. This 50th anniversary limited edition is available on clear and black 180g vinyl and comes packaged in a Gatefold jacket with the lyrics. Available June 2.
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— Tom Waits (ANTI-) (@tomwaits) March 6, 2023
“Closing Time” was recently featured in NMEthe overview of classic albums that will turn 50 in 2023.
“Although the world was slow to pick up Tom Waits’ debut album ‘Closing Time’, once he did, the record quickly became cult,” the listing reads.
“The star recorded the album after being discovered in Los Angeles The Troubadour by David Geffen and his songs introduced him as a poetic songwriter rooted in jazz – something he would move away from when he entered the 80 years.”
Last year saw Waits releases vinyl reissues of his 2002 twin albums, ‘Alice’ And ‘Blood Money’.
Waits delivered a rare live performance at a Hal Willner tribute concert in Brooklyn, New York last April. The artist and his wife Kathleen also wrote a touching tribute to the late American music and television producer.