Waits, Tom - Blue Valentine

Vendor: Elektra
Released: 1978


EAsylum K 53 088 made in Germany in gatefold cover.

Vinyl VG. Cover VG++.

After pefecting his seedy beatnik image on albums like SMALL CHANGE and NIGHTHAWKS AT THE DINER, Waits refined and expanded on it until the 1983 breakthrought of SWORDFISHTROMBONES. BLUE VALENTINE is full of low-rent nightlife imagery and arrangements that leave Waits' jazz leanings behind in favor of a more direct, blues-oriented approach. Lyrically, he's at his most straightforward and narrative, with tunes like "$29.00" and "Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis" reading like dimestore detective novels. In a customary nod to tradition, he delivers a marvelously stentorian version of Bernstein's "Somewhere." Things close in a low-key fashion with the spare,heart-rending title song, a ballad of shattered love.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Waits


1. Somewhere {From West Side Story}  
2. Red Shoes by the Drugstore  
3. Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis  
4. Romeo Is Bleeding  
5. $29.00  
6. Wrong Side of the Road    
7. Whistlin' Past the Graveyard    
8. Kentucky Avenue    
9. Sweet Little Bullet from a Pretty Blue Gun    
10. Blue Valentines

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