Closing Time

by Tom Waits

Closing Time

Closing Time is the debut album by American singer-songwriter Tom Waits, released on March 6, 1973 on Asylum Records. Produced and arranged by former Lovin’ Spoonful member Jerry Yester, Closing Time was the first of seven of Waits’ major releases by Asylum. The album is noted for being predominantly folk influenced although Waits intended Closing Time to be “a jazz, piano-led album.” Upon release, the album was mildly successful in the United States, although it did not chart and received little attention from music press in the United Kingdom and elsewhere internationally. Critical reaction to Closing Time was positive. The album’s only single, “Ol’ ‘55”, attracted attention due to a cover version by Waits’s more popular label mates, the Eagles. Other songs from the album were covered by Tim Buckley and Bette Midler. The album was certified Gold in the UK and has gained a contemporary cult following among rock fans. Since its release, the album has been reissued on LP in 1976, on CD in 1992 and 1999, and 180 gram LP in 2010.


  1. Ol’ ‘55 (3:55)
  2. I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You (3:52)
  3. Virginia Avenue (3:22)
  4. Old Shoes (& Picture Postcards) (3:41)
  5. Midnight Lullaby (3:10)
  6. Martha (4:26)
  7. Rosie (3:56)
  8. Lonely (3:11)
  9. Ice Cream Man (3:05)
  10. Little Trip To Heaven (On The Wings Of Your Love) (3:55)
  11. Grapefruit Moon (4:46)
  12. Closing Time (3:58)

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Format Vinyl LP Album Reissue Remastered (180g)
Label Asylum Records
Catalog Number 8122-79807-1
Notes On back cover: This production committed to Asylum by Herb Cohen On sticker: LPs cut from the original analog masters Packages replicated to the finest detail Manufactured with more care than ever Contradicting what is printed on the hype sticker there is no lyrics inner sleeve on this reissue package.
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