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Tom Waits - Mule Variations mp3 album

  • Performer: Tom Waits
  • Title: Mule Variations
  • Genre: Electronic / Rock
  • Country: US
  • Released: 1999
  • Style: Abstract, Art Rock
  • MP3 album: 1362 mb
  • FLAC album: 1389 mb
  • Rating: 4.2/5
  • Votes: 129
Tom Waits - Mule Variations mp3 album

Tom Waits ‎– Mule Variations. Label: Anti- ‎– 6547-2, Epitaph ‎– 6547-2. Format: CD, Album, Digipak. Piano – Tom Waits (tracks: 5, 11, 13, 15, 16). Producer – Kathleen Brennan, Tom Waits. Producer – Darren Kramer, Holly Ferguson. Producer – Heather Fremling.

Mule Variations is a great album, and that's all there is to it. Sonically, it picks up where Bone Machine left off, but drops some of that album's artifice: the clattering, trebly out- back- of- the- shed sound is still here and the inexplicable presence of Primus persists, but many of these songs find Waits relaxing his krazy karnival barker persona.

Overall, Mule Variations is Waits' most consistent effort, even better song-for-song than Rain Dogs, and the album does a wonderful job of blending the man's two distinctly different personalities. Two different personalities" You read that right. Just let me explain  . The album kicks off with "Big in Japan," which is all Evil Tom. Creepy, distorted vocal effects kick off the song and they are quickly followed by a dirty electric guitar, New Orleans-style horns and a bass part played by Primus mastermind Les Claypool. The lyrics here are tongue-in-cheek.

Tom Waits is known to many as a carnival barker, a railroad hobo, a balladeer of heartbreak four sheets to the wind. But on his 1999 masterpiece Mule Variations, he plumbed beyond the bottom of the bottle to the depths of human experience. For a while, the image worked. His debut album was 1973’s Closing Time, an after-hours songwriter record about navigating the dating world as a boozy lothario. By 1976, he found the act to be limiting - at worst, glib and disrespectful. There ain’t nothin’ funny about a drunk, he said

Mule Variations is Waits’ first album of his third musical career phase. It starts his years with Anti, which continue to this day up to his latest release, Real Gone. With Mule Variations, Waits continued to push the boundaries of genre, combining literary themes with jazz and modern sounds. Plus, it just plain kicked ass. Big in Japan, as the first song on the album, was a sure sign that this was not going to be a normal record. First of all, Waits recruits Les Claypool, the king of effed-up music, to play bass  . Tom Waits proves that he can continue to change, adapt, and experiment to create Truly Great music. Waits released seven albums with Asylum and seven with Island. He’s released four so far with Anti.

Mule Variations’ has been newly remastered by Waits/Brennan to sound better than ever on all digital music platforms. Mule Variations’ has been newly remastered by Waits/Brennan to sound better than ever on all digital music platforms.

Album Name Mule Variations. Members owning this album14. 2. Lowside of the Road. 3. Hold on. 4. Get Behind the Mule. 5. House Where Nobody Lives.

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Big In Japan
Bass – Les ClaypoolDrums – Brain Mantia*Guitar – Larry LaLonde, Tom WaitsSaxophone, Trumpet – Ralph Carney
2 Lowside Of The Road
Banjo [Chumbus, Dousengoni] – Smokey HormelGuitar, Organ [Optigon] – Tom WaitsProgrammed By – Jacquire KingRecorded By – Gene CorneliusTrumpet – Chris Grady
3 Hold On
Bass – Larry TaylorGuitar – Joe Gore, Marc RibotGuitar, Organ – Tom WaitsPercussion – Stephen Hodges
4 Get Behind The Mule
Bass – Larry TaylorGuitar – Smokey HormelHarp – Charlie MusselwhitePercussion – Stephen Hodges
5 House Where Nobody Lives
Bass, Rhythm Guitar – Larry TaylorLead Guitar – Marc RibotPiano – Tom Waits
6 Cold Water
Bass – Larry TaylorDrums – Christopher Marvin*Guitar – Marc Ribot, Tom Waits
7 Pony
Dobro – Smokey HormelGuitar, Harmonium [Pump Organ] – Tom WaitsHarp – John Hammond*
8 What's He Building?
Percussion – Jeff SloanReeds – Ralph CarneyTurntables – DJ M. Mark “The III Media” Reitman*Voice – Tom Waits
9 Black Market Baby
Drums – Andrew BorgerGuitar – Marc RibotGuitar, Percussion, Chamberlin – Tom WaitsReeds – Ralph CarneyTurntables – DJ M. Mark “The III Media” Reitman*
10 Eyeball Kid
Bass Clarinet – Ralph CarneyBassoon – Larry Rhodes Guitar – Marc RibotPercussion – Greg Cohen, Tom WaitsTurntables – DJ M. Mark “The III Media” Reitman*
11 Picture In A Frame
Alto Saxophone – Ralph CarneyBaritone Saxophone – Nik Phelps*Bass – Greg CohenPiano – Tom Waits
12 Chocolate Jesus
Bass – Greg CohenGuitar – Tom WaitsHarp – Charlie Musselwhite
13 Georgia Lee
Bass – Dalton Dillingham IIIPiano – Tom WaitsViolin – Linda Delucia-Gbidossi*
14 Filipino Box Spring Hog
Bass, Guitar – Larry TaylorDrums, Percussion – Andrew BorgerGuitar – Marc RibotHarmonica – Charlie MusselwhiteProgrammed By – Jacquire KingTrumpet – Chris GradyTurntables – DJ M. Mark “The III Media” Reitman*
15 Take It With Me
Bass – Greg CohenPiano – Tom Waits
16 Come On Up To The House
Baritone Saxophone – Nik Phelps*Bass – Larry TaylorDrums – Andrew BorgerGuitar – Joe GoreHarmonica – Charlie MusselwhitePiano – Tom WaitsSaxophone – Ralph Carney

Companies, etc.

  • Recorded At – Sputnik Sound
  • Mastered At – Bernie Grundman Mastering
  • Published By – Jalma Music


  • Art Direction – Kristin Vanderlip
  • Coordinator [Production] – Jeff Sloan
  • Design – Christie Rixford
  • Engineer [Second] – Jeff Sloan (tracks: 1, 3 to 16)
  • Mastered By – Chris Bellman
  • Mixed By – Jacquire King, Oz Fritz
  • Other [Pre-production Assistance] – Darren Kramer, Holly Ferguson
  • Other [Production Assistant] – Heather Fremling
  • Photography By – Matt Mahurin
  • Producer – Kathleen Brennan
  • Recorded By – Jacquire King (tracks: 1, 3 to 16), Oz Fritz (tracks: 1, 3 to 16)
  • Vocals – Tom Waits
  • Written-By – Kathleen Brennan (tracks: 1 to 4, 6, 10 to 13, 15, 16)
  • Written-By, Producer – Tom Waits


Packaged in digipak.

All songs recorded at Prairie Sun Recording Studios except 'Lowside Of The Road' recorded at Sputnik Sound.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 6 10535 63282 1

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
86547-2 Tom Waits Mule Variations ‎(CD, Album, Dig) Anti-, Epitaph 86547-2 US 1999
6547-2 Tom Waits Mule Variations ‎(CD, Album, Promo, Dig) Anti-, Epitaph 6547-2 Europe 1999
6328-2, 86547-2 Tom Waits Mule Variations ‎(CD, Album) Roadrunner Records, Anti-, Epitaph 6328-2, 86547-2 Brazil 1999
86547-2 Tom Waits Mule Variations ‎(CD, Album, Unofficial) Anti- , Epitaph 86547-2 Russia Unknown
ESCA 7457 Tom Waits Mule Variations ‎(CD, Album) Epitaph, Epic ESCA 7457 Japan 1999

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