16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought-Six

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"16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought-Six"
Tom Waits - 16 Shells From a Thirty Ought Six.jpg
Single by Tom Waits
from the album Big Time
B-side "Big Black Mariah"
Released 1988 (1988)
Format 7", 12"
Recorded August 1982 (1982-08) at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA
Genre

Experimental rock

Blues rock
Length 4:10
Label Island
Songwriter(s) Tom Waits
Producer(s) Tom Waits
Tom Waits singles chronology
"Hang on St. Christopher"
(1987)
"16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought-Six"
(1988)
"Goin' Out West"
(1992)

"Hang on St. Christopher"
(1987)
"16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought-Six"
(1988)
"Goin' Out West"
(1992)

16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought-Six is a song by Tom Waits appearing on his 1983 album Swordfishtrombones. In 1988, it was released as a single in support of his live performance album Big Time.[1]

Accolades[edit]

Year Publication Country Article Rank
2000 Vanity Fair United Kingdom Costello’s 500[2] *
2010 Rolling Stone Germany The 50 Best Songs of the 1980s[3] *
2011 1001 Songs[4] Australia *

(*) designates unordered lists.

Formats and track listing[edit]

All songs written by Tom Waits.

UK 7" single (IS 370)
  1. "16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought-Six" – 4:10
  2. "Big Black Mariah" – 2:41
UK 12" single (12 IS 370)
  1. "16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought-Six" – 4:10
  2. "Big Black Mariah" – 2:41
  3. "Ruby's Arms" – 4:44

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from the 16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought-Six liner notes.[5]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 1988 Island LP IS 370

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maginnis, Tom. "Tom Waits: 16 Shells from a Thirty-Ought Six > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Costello's 500". Vanity Fair. November 1, 2000. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ "The 50 Best Songs of the 1980s". Rolling Stone. 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ Creswell, Toby (2005). 1001 Songs: The Great Songs of All Time and the Artists, Stories and Secrets Behind Them. Hardie Grant. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ 16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought-Six (sleeve). Tom Waits. London, United Kingdom: Island Records. 1988. 

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