Tom Waits: Robert Durrell/Los Angeles Times/Retna
Chris Willman
January 18, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Dime Store Novels Vol. 1 -- Live at Ebbets Field

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Tom Waits
Producers
Burning Airlines
genre
Rock

We gave it a B+

Remember when Waits’ voice was just severely sandpapery, before he started going for that industrial-drilling thing? Revisit those tender years on this import-only live album, reviving a 1974 solo appearance broadcast on the radio in Denver. No one would argue that The Dime Store is Waits’ most astonishing hour; it’s his second set, and he admits to what sounds like two dozen paying customers that he ”shot [his] wad” in the first. But that allows for some odd song choices, and for fans, it’s a welcome trip back to his barely more conventional fisherman-boho years.

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