Song by Song

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episode 1: Ol' 55, Closing Time, Tom Waits [001]

Tom Waits's first album, Closing Time (1973) opens with Ol' 55, a mournful ballad of late night and early morning driving. Martin and Sam kick things off with discussion of covers, quaaludes, intrusive guitar players and driving a Buick Roadmaster in reverse. It’s a Buick, Martin, a Buick…

Song by Song is Martin Zaltz Austwick and Sam Pay; two musicians listening to and discussing every single Tom Waits track in chronological order.

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Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include: Ol' 55, Closing Time, Tom Waits (1973) Ol' 55, On The Border, The Eagles (1974)

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 2015-09-14  12m