If you've never seen Tom Waits live, or if you have seen him perform, you must see this because it's definitive, capturing him in a one man show kind of vibe, with smoke-filled ambiance and a real beatnik vibe. He goes from one classic song to another. This episode put Austin City Limits on the map and should be played more often. Absolutely Classic. The time when this came out was early in his career but he already had a very rough voice and persona. The feeling it leaves you with could be described as absolute authenticity in that you just really believe that he means what he is singing about, which tends to be dark and about life's rough patches, which seem to just keep on coming... I would honestly be able to say this is my favorite live performance on tape by any musician alive.
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