180g Vinyl Pressing Newly Remastered by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan
Expanding beyond the folk and pop stylings of his first album, Tom Waits' masterful second studio effort, Heart of Saturday Night (1974) further established his growing reputation as a versatile and distinctly American songwriter. Its bluesy jazz arrangements featured bass, drums, saxophone and Waits on piano. The title track, a melancholy ode to Saturday night rituals, and the tenderly romantic hymn-like "San Diego Serenade" are enduring classics covered by an array of artists from Diana Krall and Nancy Griffith to folk hero Eric Anderson. The album also features "Diamonds on My Windshield," the first of what would become a signature for Waits - the spoken word-poetry song. Waits delivers the evocative lyrics throughout as pure beat jazz in the stylings of Kerouac, Langston Hughes and Bob Kaufman.