Tom Waits B-sides collection gets expanded vinyl release

In 2006, Tom Waits released Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards, a marvelous 56-song collection of B-sides Waits recorded over his expansive career. It’s nearly impossible to absorb over a few listens but trust me, there are some gems.

In bittersweet news, an expanded edition of Orphans is coming to vinyl. I say bittersweet because, come December 8, I will desperately want to buy this but won’t have the money to do so.

On December 8, Anti- will release Orphans as a limited vinyl set. You’ll get all of the tracks contained on the CDs, plus six bonus tracks. That’s 62 songs spread over seven LPs, all of which will be pressed on 180 gram vinyl. You’ll probably want to limber up and do some stretches before you even attempt to lift this thing.

The bonus tracks include covers of Fats Waller’s “Crazy ‘Bout My Baby” and the Brecht/Weill song “Canon Song”, as well as “Diamond in Your Mind”, a track written by Waits and his wife Kathleen Brennan for Solomon Burke, and the originals “No One Can Forgive Me” and “Mathie Grove”.

I think I hate re-releases more than anything.


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