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Heart of Saturday Night

Tom Waits Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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Heart of Saturday Night + Small Change + Closing Time
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1. New coat of paint
2. San Diego serenade
3. Semi suite
4. ,Shiver me timbers
5. Diamonds on my windshield
6. Looking for the heart of Saturday night
7. Fumblin' with the blues
8. Please call me baby
9. Depot depot
10. Drunk on the moon
11. Ghosts of Saturday night

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The Eagles might have covered his song "Ol' 55" but Tom Waits was cut from a different cloth than California's other singer-songwriters--he suggested a scruffy beat poet who'd walked out of a forgotten scene of Jack Kerouac's On the Road. Waits's beatnik schtick could get old and he developed into a much more musically adventurous songwriter in later years, but his second album contains some of his best early work, including the sweet romantic blues of "New Coat of Paint" ("You wear a dress baby, I'll wear a tie"), and his best hipster recitation, "Diamonds on My Windshield". Two songs are enduring classics: the doleful, dirge-like "San Diego Serenade" ("Never saw the morning till I stayed up all night") and the touchingly sweet "(Looking for) The Heart of Saturday Night" ("Stoppin' on the red, goin' on the green, 'cause tonight'll be like nothin' that you've ever seen"). --John Milward

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Rolling Stone included this 1974 LP in their "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" in admiration of its bewitching blend of after-hours hipster jazz, ageless acoustic- piano songs and intimate introductions to the lonely "ghosts of Saturday night." The song of that title joins New Coat of Paint; Shiver Me Timbers; Diamonds on My Windshield; (Looking for) The Heart of Saturday Night; Semi Suite , and more of his early best!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Looking for the heart Jan. 5 2002
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Still singing in the bluesy-jazzy serenade that he abandoned by his next album, this is Tom Waits the Barstool Philosopher at his best. The instrumentation is mostly his jazzy piano with occasional backing from strings, and a cabaret rhythm section. Some of his best early songs are on here, including New Coat of Paint, San Diego Serande, the incredible title track, and the winning semi-spoken-word piece, Diamonds On My Windshield (seemingly a blueprint for many of his later songs.) He never quite returned to songs of this particular type again (certainly not with this voice), and it is good to go back and see that he wrote great songs of this type. Moving away from the ballads and "midnight lullabies" on his first album, this collection houses a very poignant set of lyrics that set the scenes omnipresent on his first album (indeed, on all of them up to Swordfishtrombones) to poetry. There are quite a few good lines on this album, and his vocals are some of his most affecting. Although it's not as interesting or sprawling as some of his later, better albums, The Heart of Saturday Night is nonetheless a fine Tom Waits album, and is very good at what it does. Any fan will want to pick it up, and it truly is a soundtrack for when you are looking for the heart of Saturday night.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 stars: Beautiful stuff! July 18 2000
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD after hearing "Please Call Me Baby" in the movie "Keeping the Faith" (the one with Ed Norton and Ben Stiller). I didn't know it was a Tom Waits tune; but my friend with whom I was with did, and he told me: "You've got to get you some Tom Waits." He had just returned from a study-abroad sojourn to Italy, and I guess they're just crazy for Tom Waits over there.
Anyway, I picked this album up after another friend recommended it to me. That was about a month ago. Now I have five Tom Waits albums. As you've probably discerned from other reviews, Waits has (arguably) two or three different periods, ranging from accessible blues/jazz-based barroom tales and beatnik-like poetry to his heavily percussive, fragmented "avant-garde" phase. An interesting project would be to trace what has remained the same in his music throughout his career--because to be honest, if you put on a record like "Heart of Saturday Night" and then listen to something like "Bone Machine" or "Swordfishtrombones", you'll be hard-pressed to spot any ostensible likenesses (which is why I think it'd be interesting to dig into the music and see if there are any likenesses in such disparate music).
Anyway, I'm getting long-winded here. If you've yet to purchase a Tom Waits album, I think this'd be a good start; it encapsulates his world view--as expressed through his music, at least--quite succinctly. It's very sweet music, without being saccharine. Plus the level of musicianship is very high for a "pop" album--as it is on all of his albums. I also dig the inclusion of horns on some tracks--something I don't think he's really pursued on other albums. Anyway, buy this album and you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Waits to get this one! June 12 2000
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I see Tom Waits as having 3 "periods". His mellow bluesy, folky period, which this and Closing time are from. Then he went to his beatnik, Kerouac thing with some added blues and jazz which was Foreign Affair, Blue Valentine, Small Change, and Heart Attack and Vine. Then he went to his insane, original, way off the beaten path, anti-commercial period starting with SwordfishTrombones, Frank's Wild Years, and the rest of the later stuff, which got way too bizarre for me. If you like his later stuff you won't like this album if you are expecting the same thing. He hadn't even tried his Louie Armstrong 9 pack a day gravel voice yet on this album. I really like the songs on this album, which I think are his best, but many would probably disagree. I think he started out writing music that he thought people would like and gradually started caring less and less as his career spanned the decades. He really is one of the most talented artists ever to make a record and you have to admit he's a genius even if he might be "too far out there" to connect with, at least his later 90's stuff. This album is very tame compared to all the others, even his beatnik stuff. I don't think Tom ever had a Billboard top 100 song as far as I know, but a few songs on this album probably had the best chance of any of them. Well, as a conclusion, if you don't have a Tom Waits cd you really are missing one of the best writers out there!
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful instrumentation, woozy-bluesy vocals May 11 1998
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Tom sashays around in his moonlit, drunken, romantic version of Saturday night on this album with such class, such utter song-writing talent. Give a listen to "San Diego Serenade" and you'll fall in love with this album. "Never saw the mornin til I stayed up all night, never saw the sunshine til you turned out the light." He doesn't use his signature growl on this song, he actually serenades, and it is actually beautiful. But that cannot prepare you for the the sinfully, achingly beautiful song number six, "The Heart of Saturday Night". I can listen to this song over and over and never get tired of it. Acoustic guitar plays so gently over the sound of a huge Oldsmobile driving slowly through wet streets in a dark city on Saturday night. It is as if Tom is in the room with you, saying, "come here, son, come in close, I want to tell ya something special". This song can make you cry if you're not careful. I love his style on this album, it is sentimental but uncompromising, lively and smart but patient and consistent. He is an American blues-folk master, and this album of 1974(I was three then!)is evidence of his quintessential talent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Second album, released 1974
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MASTERPIECE!!!
This album is his best for me. Two songs are enough to say it a masterpiece "San Diego Serenade" and "drunk on the moon"
Published on July 26 2003 by Peppe
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary !
This is some of the saddest music I've ever heard. Tom's second disc still holds up magnificantly. Back in his early years he was the bourbon/blues piano playing sad sack who could... Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2002 by Bt
4.0 out of 5 stars It's the Tom formula
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Published on March 22 2002 by Jorge Barbarosa
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you alone?
If so, get a jug of wine, sit on the floor and let this cd slip into your soul. A suffocating, stately meditation on missed connections. Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2002 by Ronald Battista
5.0 out of 5 stars Drunk on the Moon...
A more rough Waits than on the album Closing Time. Waits takes us to his universe of hookers, drunks, hobos and sailors on this briliant album. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2001 by Christian Jorgensen
4.0 out of 5 stars Get this disc...
and put it in your car's CD player, and drive through the night to somewhere. Anywhere. It's one of the great recordings from the 1970s. Don't miss it. Read more
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