By Chris Willman
Updated January 18, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST
Tom Waits: Robert Durrell/Los Angeles Times/Retna

Remember when Waits’ voice was just severely sandpapery, before he started going for that industrial-drilling thing? Revisit those tender years on this import-only live album, reviving a 1974 solo appearance broadcast on the radio in Denver. No one would argue that The Dime Store is Waits’ most astonishing hour; it’s his second set, and he admits to what sounds like two dozen paying customers that he ”shot [his] wad” in the first. But that allows for some odd song choices, and for fans, it’s a welcome trip back to his barely more conventional fisherman-boho years.

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