Tom Waits triple-disc masterpiece “Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards” will be reinvented on December 8 as a limited edition vinyl set, complete with a deluxe 12″ booklet and six new bonus cuts. The collection totals 62 tracks over seven full length LPs. An assemblage of rare, new and mostly unheard tracks, Orphans includes irreverent–or, rather, remarkably relevant-covers of songs by artists as disparate as The Ramones and Leadbelly, along with Waits compositions originally recorded by other artists.
Mr. Waits explains, “Orphans are rough and tender tunes. Rhumbas about mermaids, shuffles about train wrecks, tarantellas about insects, madrigrals about drowning. Scared, mean, orphaned songs of rapture and melancholy. Songs that grew up hard. Songs of dubious origin rescued from cruel fate and now left wanting only to be cared for. Show that you are not afraid and take them home. They don’t bite, they just need attention.”
And on Christmas Day, Waits hits the big screen alongside Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and the late Heath Ledger in Terry Gilliam’s “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.” He can also be seen in the Hughes Brothers’ “Book of Eli” with Denzel Washington in January.