The Heart of Saturday Night

Tom Waits - The Heart of Saturday Night
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Based on 2 reviews
1974 Ratings: #54 / 95
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Based on 107 ratings
1974 Ratings: #39
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October 1, 1974 / Release Date
LP / Format
Asylum / Label
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One night, I met Tom Waits.

One Saturday night, in the heart of an obscure maze of cobblestone streets that seemed to be running away from the city, drowned in huge scarves of smoke, I pushed open the scaly door of a bar lit by exhausted neon lights. Every wall of that shabby pub oozed abandonment, resignation. From the dim lights to the filthy windows, from the strange girls walking the sidewalk to the abandoned dogs sleeping against a ramshackle ... read more
11. Diamonds on My Windshield
10. The Ghosts of Saturday Night (After Hours at Napoleone's Pizza House)
9. Semi Suite
8. New Coat of Paint
7. Depot, Depot
6. Shiver Me Timbers
5. Drunk on the Moon
4. Fumblin' With the Blues
3. Please Call Me, Baby
2. San Diego Serenade
1. (Looking For) The Heart of Saturday Night
This was my first experience of Tom Waits. My first impression was what a cool and solitude guy he is ! What this record shows reminds me a life of a man living in the lonely city. I want to listen to this album with whisky from the midnight to early morning. The songs are basic jazzy pop-songs but his voice makes this album something special.
Never been crazy about this album, I think it's a step down from Closing Time in a major way but I also recognize that he was still carving out that jazzy blues sound he would get right on Small Change. Good songs here for sure but I rarely listen to this album front to back unless I'm binging his discography to refresh myself.
Worth a listen
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Track List

  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. The Ghosts of Saturday Night (After Hours at Napoleone's Pizza House)
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Added on: March 24, 2013