On August 17, 1987.


On August 17, 1987, “Island” label released “Frank’s wild years”, the tenth Tom Waits album. It was recorded in 1987, at “Universal Recording Studios” in Chicago; “The Sound Factory” and “Sunset Sound” in Hollywood, and was produced by Tom Waits. The album was subtitled “Un Operachi Romantico in Тwo Аcts” and contains compositions written for a play by the same name. “Frank’s Wild Years”, is name of a song from Waits’ 1983 album “Swordfishtrombones”.


  • Tom Waits – vocals, vocal stylings, pump organ, Optigan, guitar, rooster, piano, Farfisa, Mellotron, drums, congaс, tambourine
  • Richard Battin – guitar
  • Moris Tepper- guitar
  • Power Butts – rhythm guitar
  • Marc Ribot- guitar, banjo
  • William Schimmel- piano, pump organ, accordion, Leslie bass pedals, cocktail piano
  • Francis Thumm – prepared piano, pump organ
  • David Hidalgo- accordion
  • Greg Cohen- bass, alto horn, horn arrangements, Leslie bass pedals
  • Larry Taylor- bass, upright bass
  • Jay Anderson – bass
  • Michael Blair – drums, conga, percussion, maracas, marimba, orchestra bells, glockenspiel
  • Les Warner- drums
  • Ralph Carney- saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone horn, violin
  • Angela Brown- backing vocals
  • Leslie Holland – backing vocals
  • Lynne Jordan – backing vocals
  • Kathleen Brennan- vocal arrangements

Track listing:

All tracks by Tom Waits, except where noted.

  1. Hang on St. Christopher
  2. Straight to the Top (Rhumba) – Waits, Greg Cohen
  3. Blow Wind Blow
  4. Temptation
  5. Innocent When You Dream (Barroom)
  6. I’ll Be Gone – Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan
  7. Yesterday is Here – Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan
  8. Please Wake Me Up – Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan
  9. Frank’s Theme
  10. More Than Rain
  11. Way Down in the Hole
  12. Straight to the Top (Vegas) – Tom Waits, Greg Cohen
  13. I’ll Take New York
  14. Telephone Call from Istanbul
  15. Cold Cold Ground
  16. Train Song
  17. Innocent When You Dream

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