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Tom Waits to Reissue First Four Asylum Albums on Vinyl

Tom Waits is to reissue his first four albums on heavyweight vinyl next month, with a special run of 1,000 copies of each available on red vinyl, it has been announced on his website.

The newly pressed 180-gram editions of ‘Closing Time,’ ‘The Heart of Saturday Night,’ ‘Nighthawks at the Diner’ and ‘Small Change’ were originally released through Asylum records between 1973 and 1976.

Officially set for re-release by Rhino on Dec. 21, fans who pre-order the album reissues at Tom Wait’s online store will have the chance to grab one of the limited-edition 1,000 red versions.

Recently announced as a nominee for 2011’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the songwriter’s debut album ‘Closing Time’ was described as a “unique” start to his career.

Nominated for the first time alongside artists such as Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper and Bon Jovi, Waits is summed up by the Hall of Fame as “Beginning with his first album in 1973, [he] has carved out a unique place in rock ‘n’ roll.”

“His music mixes Chicago blues, parlor ballads, beat poetry, pulp fiction parlance and — when you least expected it — heart-breaking tenderness.”

Winning inductees will be announced in the coming weeks, with the annual ceremony taking place on March 14 in New York.