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Heart of Saturday Night
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|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|
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!
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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The most outstanding tracks, lyrically and melodically, are the tender San Diego Serenade with its elegant strings, the soulful and melancholy Shiver Me Timbers and the title track which in sentiment and imagery brings to mind his much later composition Jersey Girl.
The jazzy numbers include New Coat Of Paint and Semi Suite; Fumblin' With The Blues represents that genre whilst Drunk On The Moon is somewhere in-between. Of the other ballads, Please Call Me, Baby is an orchestrated outing whilst Depot Depot has the most arresting saxophone solos.
The Heart Of Saturday Night provides a satisfying cross-section of all the different styles Tom Waits would develop in his illustrious career, including on masterpieces like Rain Dogs, Heartattack and Vine and Mule Variations.
For fans, I recommend the book Innocent When You Dream: The Tom Waits Reader which documents his life and music up to 2004 and is perhaps better than a formal biography as it provides various perspectives from many different writers.
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.Read more ›
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Heard this up in the north west Territories first and couldn't wait to get my own copy. Tom Waits in fine "pre-gravel” voice and memorable lyrics. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dr. Neil Hobbs
Some wonderfully involving lyrics. His voice is still good at this time of his life. Artistic in that it is not necessarily about him, but rather, people and observations he has... Read morePublished 23 months ago by anadvantage
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
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 morePublished on Aug. 23 2002 by RTC
Great backup! Tom, of course careens through every tune skillfully. One might even think this guy is for real, but alas, it's an act. He's "in character" (i.e. Read morePublished on March 22 2002 by Jorge Barbarosa
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 morePublished on Jan. 23 2002 by Ronald Battista
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 morePublished on Nov. 17 2001 by Christian Jorgensen
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 morePublished on April 9 2001
This is an Example of topnotch blues from the street, Raw and inspirational, unconventional and uncompromising.. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2001 by Roger Pedersen