Tom Waits Preps Box Set

Tom Waits fans will get three CDs at once this fall, as Anti- prepares to release a box set of the singer’s material. Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards will be released Nov. 21, but before the street date, Anti- will unveil one of the set’s CDs each week on its website, beginning Oct. 24 with selections from Brawlers, the blues and juke-joint stomp-themed disc.

Snippets from Bawlers, the Celtic, country ballads, lullabies and piano-heavy CD, will stream from Oct. 31-Nov. 6. Bits from Bastards, the experimental music album, will stream from Nov. 7-13.

The 56-track set includes 30 new songs, plus 24 songs taken from collaborations with artists in film, literature, and music. “Orphans are rough and tender tunes,” Waits said in a statement. “Rhumbas about mermaids, shuffles about trainwrecks, 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.”

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