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4.7 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Nov. 20 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: AUS-Import
  • Label: Elektra Entertain.
  • ASIN: B000002GWR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,737 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Heartattack And Vine
2. In Shades
3. Saving All My Love For You
4. Downtown
5. Jersey Girl
6. 'Til The Money Runs Out
7. On The Nickel
8. Mr. Siegal
9. Ruby's Arms

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1980 album includes "Ruby's Arms" and "On The Nickel".

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Tom Waits's hipster persona began to evaporate at the beginning of the 1980s, but not before he released the transitional-- but eminently worthwhile--Heartattack and Vine, which contained "On the Nickel", a Dickensian tale of street life, and "Jersey Girl," a song Bruce Springsteen gave a far wider airing to on his Live 1975-1985 box set. You can hear hints of Waits's style growing more trenchant on songs like "Downtown" and the stark, bluesy title track, which contains the immortal line "Don't you know there ain't no devil / That's just God when he's drunk." Indeed. --Daniel Durchholz


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I can't stop listening to this album.It has a very elegant internal coherence, some hypnotic value in the rough "faux blues" and romantic songs involving dead soldiers, booze, prostitutes and hobos. To me it's quintessential Tom Waits. Don't miss the long, complex songs such as Jersey Girl, On The Nickel and Ruby's Arms. And smile while you listen to Saving All My Love for You or Mister Siegel.
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This album bleeds with lyrical genius...or maybe it's just the Satanist in me...Truly though, the lines are beautiful: "How do the angels get to sleep when the devil leaves his porch light on", and "Don't you know there ain't no devil, there's just god when he's drunk". I never thought I'd have a favorite album in my life, or a favorite song. There's just too much good stuff out there. But after swimmin' around in this one for awhile there wasn't any chance of escaping. I'll always find myself on Heartattack and Vine, with Mr. Siegal my best and only friend. It's passion, it's love, it's blues, it's vegas, it's being drunk, it's the ups and downs of life's great roller coaster all summed up in one album. When you find yourself at the bottom of bargain scotch you can crank these tunes out, and
trust me, you'll feel like Tom is right there with you. I used to play this album daily at a bar I worked at in Edinburgh Scotland. Those crazy drunkards really loved it to death, which says alot more than any review here can.
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Tom Waits never matched this album's grungy, blues/funk tone, and although he is a master of heart break, few Waits ballads will tickle your tear ducts like the wistful "Jersey Girl" or the ethereally tender "On A Nickel," a song that marks Waits's most successful incorporation of strings, as well as an almost frightening resemblance to Louis Armstrong's raspy vocals.
Waits sequenced this album like a gourmet chef who knows the delicacy of the musical pallate. The songs will fluctuate effortlessly from swamps of electric guitar and funky drum beats, as on the unforgettable title track, to some of his most memorable piano ballads ever. If you like his more agressive music, get this album, if you like the softer side of Tom Waits, get this album too. Something for everyone.
The album's clear dividing line between rock and jazz foreshadows the more theatrical output to come, such as the baffling Swordfishtrombones of 1983 or the downright cryptic Bone Machine of 1992. Heartattack and Vine is the gem in between periods of Wait's career, and it is an absolute obligation for anyone who wants to know why this musical madman has one of the most loyal cult followings in the world.
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This record plays like a darker take on "Small Change," where Waits switches back to first person rambles and scene-setting, giving up the lengthy narratives of "Foreign Affairs" and "Blue Valentine."
The ballady tunes, with the exception of Waits' best song ever "Jersey Girl", feel like throwbacks to Small Change musically as well as lyrically, with weepy strings and hammy first-person accounts of misery. The blues ones are about strange characters and places, rather than strange doings.
Most of his harder songs sound the same, and most of his ballads feel out of place... but still, there are some good songs on here. "Jersey Girl" is absolutely incredible. "Heartattack and Vine" is the best heavy tune on here, with "Mr. Siegal" a close second. And, I'll admit it, I really like "Ruby's Arms" -- another song in which makes an anthem from the inglorious (sneaking out of your sleeping girlfriend's house).
All in all, still worth a listen.
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I had just about given up on trying to find any new music worth listening to. I had heard some of Tom Wait's stuff before but I hadn't really gotten into it for reasons I won't go into. I bought this CD hoping that it would have one or two songs that were worth listening to, which unfortunately is the most I've come to hope for these days. It seems like 90% of the CD's made are pure trash, and of the other 10% most of the songs are filler because the artist really doesn't have much to say.

Once I started listening to this CD I was pretty much blown away. It was like I had found buried treasure, or I had been suddenly made well after a long illness. It was Glorious! I felt like falling on my knees and thanking God or whoever had made this possible. I felt like music wasn't dead after all, there are still true artists out there, making beautiful music, I think I'll be buying a lot of Tom Wait's CD's in the future. I don't think they'll all be as good as this one, but I can hope.
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I was taken by surprise back in '80 when this came out. Tom's voice never sounded more ragged. He played the electric guitar. This was a departure from his '70's output. With "Jersey Girl" he seemed to be paying an homage to Springsteen(who later covered it. One of very few covers for him). I felt(and still do) that this was in response to Springsteen's "Meeting Across the River" which seems to be an homage to Waits. There are a number of classic Waits tunes on this disc, such as: "Saving All My Love for You". As you listen to this song, you can't help but wonder why nobody seems to have covered it, until you hear the line: "I payed fifteen dollars for a prostite..." then it becomes a little more clear. Mr. Waits has a way of personalizing his songs that render them uncoverable(Springsteen had to clean up "Jersey Girl" a little). If you like Tom Waits, you'll like this. Buy it!
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