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Heart of Saturday Night AUS-Import

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  • Audio CD (July 24 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: AUS-Import
  • Label: Elektra Entertain.
  • ASIN: B000002GXS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
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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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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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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. Now I am after a copy of the movie of the same name to watch....
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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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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 11 2010
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On Waits' second album his poetic lyrics are wrapped in a variety of jazzy, bluesy and folk styles with a hint of the orchestral on two tracks. Diamonds On My Windshield and The Ghosts of Saturday Night are spoken recitals, a form he would later explore over entire albums.

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.
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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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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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