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Tom Waits- A Rider in the Rain: The Black Rider Sessions, 1993- CD


ARTIST: Tom Waits


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The Black Rider - the twelfth studio album by Tom Waits - was released in September 1993 on Island Records. The record featured studio recorded versions of songs Waits wrote for the play The Black Rider, directed by Robert Wilson and co-written with William S. Burroughs. The play is based on the German folktale Der Freischütz, which had previously been made into an opera by Carl Maria von Weber. The play premiered on March 31, 1990, at the Thali Theatre in Hamburg, Germany, while Its world English-language premiere occurred in 1998 at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival.

All songs were written exclusively by Tom Waits, except on three cuts for which Bill Burroughs wrote the lyrics, and a cover version of Tain’t No Sin, a 1930s humorous dance tune composed by Walter Donaldson and Edgar Leslie. The album was recorded in 1989 by Gard Bessler at his Music Factory in Hamburg, Germany and at the Prairie Sun Recording Studios in Cotati, California.

Alongside the released album’s recordings, were studio versions with completely different arrangements of many of the final tracks, and indeed a couple of tunes that featured in the play but were not included on the finished album. And somewhat bizarrely this obscure tape was broadcast by a west coast student radio network soon after the album’s release, when the mixing engineer was interviewed about the record on the station.

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Tom Waits- A Rider in the Rain: The Black Rider Sessions, 1993- CD

Tom Waits- A Rider in the Rain: The Black Rider Sessions, 1993- CD