If you’re unfamiliar with Tom Waits’ iconic deep and distinctive voice, we’ve stumbled across a playlist that will make you an expert in one day.

In a career that has blended numerous genres, Waits started work predominantly as a jazz musician during the 1970s and has experimented over the years and has added his own special influence in the genres of blues, rock and roll and, at times, punk.

As Waits has grown older his output has understandably slowed. More moments of self-reflection have taken precedence and, last year, he decided to reissue his first seven albums with improved mastering and exclusive vinyl. His historic 1973 debut album Closing Time was re-released alongside Heart Of Saturday Night (1974), Nighthawks At The Diner (1975), Small Change (1976), Foreign Affairs (1977), Blue Valentine (1978) and Heartattack And Vine (1980).

With 16 studio albums, three live albums, seven compilation albums, 24 singles and two soundtracks spanning across five decades, Waits has been prolifically consistent in his unrelenting output.

Now, sit back, relax and zone out for 24 hours… if you can handle it:

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