Tom Waits The Heart Of Saturday Night on 180g LP from Warner Bros.
Singer-Pianist's Jazzy Sophomore Record Revels in After-Hours Poetry and Seedy Tales
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Closing Time, Nighthawks at the Diner, and Small Change Also Available on 180g LP from Warner Bros.
Extending the late-night themes he explored on his stunning debut, Tom Waits continues to explore the seedy underside of urban life and desperate human emotions on his equally stellar sophomore effort. However, The Heart of Saturday Night also included a few changes, the biggest of which is Waits' move away from love ballads. Here, he aims straight for the gutter, the bright neon lights, and the cigarette-strewn alleys, love be damned. Waits hits the mark every time.
Focusing on the after-hours aspects of night life and desire, Waits frames his increasingly nicotine-scarred voice with jazzy arrangements that aptly capture the moods and feelings of his lively cast of characters. Along with minimalist orchestral accompaniment, bluesier influences also seep into the piano-driven songs, and Waits occasionally trades singing for rhythmic Beat spoken-word poetry that mirrors the singer's progressive use of metaphor and allusion. On The Heart of Saturday Night, Waits gives new meaning to what it is to serenade an audience. This is the avenue at which Hunter S. Thompson, Allen Ginsberg, and Bob Dylan meet and have a smoke.
An artist whose popularity spans generations and is equally prized by both older and younger audiences, Waits' records remain in constant demand, particularly on vinyl, where they fetch top dollar on the used market. Despite several import LP versions, no edition of The Heart of Saturday Night has ever claimed enhanced sound.
Tom Waits The Heart Of Saturday Night Track Listing:
1. New Coat Of Paint
2. San Diego Serenade
3. Semi Suite
4. Shiver Me Timbers
5. Diamonds On My Windshield (Looking For)
6. The Heart Of A Saturday Night
7. Fumblin' With The Blues
8. Please Call Me, Baby
9. Depot, Depot
10. Drunk On The Moon
11. The Ghosts Of Saturday Night (After Hours At Napoleone's Pizza House)