Exclusive: Listen to a Tom Waits Concert from 1977

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On October 5, 1977, Tom Waits played the Paradise Rock Club, an 850-capacity venue in Boston that had only been open for three weeks. With a fedora on his head and a cigarette in hand, the 27-year-old crooner already sounded weather-worn on songs like “The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me)” and “Bad Liver and a Broken Heart.”

The concert was recorded by Starfleet and broadcast live on its network of FM stations. Those recordings have been buried in an archive until recently purchased by Paste’s parent company Wolfgang’s Vault. Listen to all our Tom Waits audio here or purchase it for download here.

Set List

1. Standing On The Corner
2. Muriel
3. Invitation To The Blues / Eggs & Sausage
4. Pasties and A G-String (At The Two O’Clock Club)
5. I Never Talk To Strangers
6. Fumblin’ With The Blues
7. The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me)
8. Small Change (Got Rained On With His Own .38)
9. I Can’t Wait To Get Off Work (And See My Baby On Montgomery Avenue)
10. Bad Liver and A Broken Heart
11. Step Right Up
12. San Diego Serenade
13. A Sight For Sore Eyes
14. Big Joe and Phantom