Blue Valentine = 180g vinyl =
1 x LP
( 1978 ) 2018 EU reissue on 180g LP - This 1978 album opens with an astonishingly desperate version of 'Somewhere' from 'West Side Story', performed like Louie Armstrong with a migraine. From there it's the usual Waits mix of crackpot wordplay and the co
Release date: 02-10-2018(originally released in 1978)
2018 EU reissue on 180g LP - This 1978 album opens with an astonishingly desperate version of 'Somewhere' from 'West Side Story', performed like Louie Armstrong with a migraine. From there it's the usual Waits mix of crackpot wordplay and the cocktail lounge jazz. Albums like “Closing Time” and “Small Change” reveal the talent of Waits, but “Blue Valentine” finally reveals the genius! Get ready to rediscover the sultan of heartbreak!
A1 Somewhere (From "West Side Story"Written-By – Leonard Bernstein )
A2 Red Shoes By The Drugstore
A3 Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis
A4 Romeo Is Bleeding
B1 Wrong Side Of The Road
B2 Whistlin Past The Graveyard
B3 Kentucky Avenue
B4 A Sweet Little Bullet From A Pretty Blue Gun
B5 Blue Valentines
More hard-boiled tales from Tom Waits, who manages to sing lines like 'Everyone I know is either dead or in prison' in a raw, whiskey-soaked rasp that sounds both comical and deadly serious. Here Waits continues to refine his down-and-out ham-and-egger persona. Its booze and broads, sex and violence, laughs and heartbreak, Its Tom Waits.
Two welcome changes in style made Blue Valentine a fresh listening experience for Tom Waits fans. First, Waits alters the instrumentation, bringing in electric guitar and keyboards and largely dispensing with the strings for a more blues-oriented, hard-edged sound. Second, though his world view remains fixed on the lowlifes of the late night, he expands beyond the musings of the barstool philosopher who previously had acted as the first-person character of most of his songs. When Waits does use the first-person, it's to write a "Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis," not the figure most listeners had associated with the singer himself. The result is a broadening of subject matter, a narrative discipline that makes most of the tunes story songs, and a coherent framing for Waits' typically colorful and intriguing imagery. These are not radical reinventions, but Waits had followed such a rigidly stylized approach on his previous albums that for anyone who had followed him so far, the course correction was big news.
Originally released: 1978
This release: 1996