The Early Years (album series)

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The Early Years
The Early Years, Vol. 1.jpg
Compilation album series by
ReleasedVolume One - July 16, 1991
Volume Two - January 19, 1993
RecordedAug 1971-Dec 1971
Length43:35 & 44:11
LabelManifesto Records
ProducerRobert Duffey
Volume Two
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars (Volume One) link
Allmusic4.5/5 stars (Volume Two) link

The Early Years is a two-part retrospective album series of Tom Waits songs, consisting of recordings made before Waits's actual debut album Closing Time. Volume One was released in 1991 and Volume Two was released in 1993 on Bizarre/Straight. The recordings were made between July and December 1971. Some of the songs on the album appear on the early albums Waits recorded for Asylum Records.

Both volumes were released on vinyl in 2010 by Manifesto Records.

Volume One[edit]

1."Goin' Down Slow"2:48
2."Poncho's Lament"4:17
3."I'm Your Late Night Evening Prostitute"3:16
4."Had Me a Girl"5:32
5."Ice Cream Man"3:11
6."Rockin' Chair"3:15
7."Virginia Ave."2:41
8."Midnight Lullaby"3:26
9."When You Ain't Got Nobody"3:23
10."Little Trip to Heaven"3:02
11."Frank's Song"1:56
12."Looks Like I'm Up Shit Creek Again"3:03
13."So Long I'll See Ya"3:30

Volume Two[edit]

1."Hope I Don't Fall in Love with You"5:01
2."Ol' '55"4:07
3."Mockin' Bird"3:27
4."In Between Love"3:01
5."Blue Skies"2:13
7."I Want You"1:22
8."Shiver Me Timbers"3:48
9."Grapefruit Moon"4:36
10."Diamonds on My Windshield"3:10
11."Please Call Me, Baby"3:43
12."So It Goes"2:31
13."Old Shoes"4:24