In March 1973.

In March 1973, “Asylum” label released “Closing Time”, the debut Tom Waits studio album. It was recorded in 1972, at “Sunset Sound Recorders” and “United Western Recorders” in Hollywood, and was produced by Jerry Yester.


  • Tom Waits– vocals, piano, guitar, harmonium, harpsichord, celeste
  • Delbert Bennett – trumpet
  • Shep Cooke – guitar; backing vocals
  • Peter Klimes – guitar; pedal steel guitar
  • Bill Plummer – double bass
  • John Seiter– drums; backing vocals
  • Arni Egilsson – bass guitar
  • Jesse Ehrlich – cello
  • Tony Terran– trumpet
  • Ed Caraeff– photography
  • Richie Moore – additional engineering
  • Cal Schenkel– design, artwork
  • Jerry Yester– engineering

Track listing:

All tracks by Tom Waits.

  1. Ol’ 55
  2. I Hope That I Don’t Fall in Love With You
  3. Virginia Avenue
  4. Old Shoes (& Picture Postcards)
  5. Midnight Lullaby
  6. Martha
  7. Rosie
  8. Lonely
  9. Ice Cream Man
  10. Little Trip Heaven (On the Wings of Your Love)
  11. Grapefruit Moon
  12. Closing Time




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