Tom Waits - Blue Valentine (CD)

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  1. Performer
  2. Rock & Pop
  3. Singer/Songwriter
Number of Discs
Copy Control
Number of Items
Blue Valentine
Country of Origin
Elektra (Label)
WEA (Distributor)
Mono / Stereo

Q (10/92, p.101) - 3 Stars - Good - "...mindful that he was getting stuck in a retro groove, Waits switched from piano to electric guitar for much of BLUE VALENTINE....years of nicotine and alcohol abuse were taking their toll nicely on his voice..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.76) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "These are songs torn from a 'blind and broken heart', from the tear-stained title track to the ill-fated tryst in 'Red Shoes By The Drugstore'..."

  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Somewhere
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Blue Valentines
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Red Shoes By The Drugstore
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Christmas Card From
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Romeo Is Bleeding
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] $29. 00
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Wrong Side Of The Road
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Whistlin' Past The Graveyard
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Kentucky Avenue
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] A Sweet Little Bullet From A Pretty Blue Gun
Release Date
11 February 1991
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Somewhere
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Red Shoes by the Drugstore
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Christmas Cards From a Hooker in Minneapolis
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Romeo Is Bleeding
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] 29 Dollars
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Wrong Side of the Road
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Whistlin' Past the Graveyard
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Kentucky Ave
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Sweet Little Bullet From a Pretty Blue Gun, A
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Blue Valentines

Personnel: Tom Waits (vocals, guitar, piano); Roland Bautista, Ray Crawford, "Shine" Robinson (guitar); Frank Vicari, Herbert Hardesty (tenor saxophone); Da Wille Gonga, Harold Battiste (piano); Charles Kynard (organ); Byron Miller, Jim Hughart, Scott Edwards (bass); Rick Lawson, Chip White, Earl Palmer (drums); Bobbye Hall (congas).
Recorded in Hollywood, California in July & August 1978.
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.

Date Released
1999-01-01 00:00:00
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Video Disabled
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