| 17 August 1987|
17 August 1987
| Universal Recording, Chicago, Illinois,
The Sound Factory and Sunset Sound, Hollywood, California|
Rock music, Jazz, Experimental rock, Alternative rock, Experimental music
Tom Waits albums, Experimental music albums
Franks Wild Years is an album by Tom Waits, released 1987 on Island Records. Subtitled "Un Operachi Romantico in Two Acts", the album contains songs written by Waits and collaborators (mainly his wife, Kathleen Brennan) for a play of the same name. The shared title of the album and the play is an iteration of "Frank's Wild Years", a song from Waits' 1983 album Swordfishtrombones.
The play had its world premiere at the Briar St. Theatre in Chicago, Illinois on June 22, 1986, performed by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
Various versions of "Way Down in the Hole" were used as the theme music for the HBO series The Wire, including Waits' original version for the second season. The songs "Temptation" and "Cold Cold Ground" were used in Jean-Claude Lauzon's film Léolo (1992). "Cold Cold Ground" was also used in the series Homicide: Life on the Street. "Temptation" and "Straight to the Top (Vegas)" featured in the film Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005), and "Innocent When You Dream" featured in the film Smoke (1995).
Tracks written by Tom Waits, except where noted. Recorded by Danny Leake and Biff Dawes. Mixed by Biff Dawes at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, California.
Side TwoJay Anderson - bass
Michael Blair - drums, conga, percussion, maracas, marimba, orchestra bells, glockenspiel
Kathleen Brennan - vocal arrangements
Angela Brown - background vocals
Les Warner - drums
Richard Battin - guitar
Ralph Carney - sax, baritone horn, violin, tenor sax
Greg Cohen- bass, alto horn, horn arrangements, Leslie bass pedals
David Hidalgo - accordion
Leslie Holland - background vocals
Lynne Jordan - background vocals
Marc Ribot - guitar, banjo
William Schimmel - piano, pump organ, accordion, Leslie bass pedals, cocktail piano
Larry Taylor - bass, upright bass
Moris Tepper - guitar
Francis Thumm - prepared piano, pump organ
Tom Waits - vocals, pump organ, Optigan, guitar, vocal stylings, rooster, piano, Farfisa, Mellotron, drums, conga, tambourine
1Hang on St Christopher2:46Franks Wild Years Wikipedia
2Straight to the Top2:30
3Blow Wind Blow3:34