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500 Greatest Albums of All Time

399

Tom Waits, 'Rain Dogs'


Tom Waits, 'Rain Dogs'
399/500

Island, 1985

"I like that weird, ludicrous things," Waits once said. That understatement plays out most clearly on Rain Dogs, his finest portrait of the tragic kingdom of the streets. Waits abandons his grungy minimalism on the gorgeous "Downtown Train" and gets backing by Keith Richards on "Big Black Mariah."


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