The Heart of Saturday Night

The Heart of Saturday Night

by Tom WaitsTom Waits


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If Closing Time, Tom Waits' debut album, consisted of love songs set in a late-night world of bars and neon signs, its follow-up, The Heart of Saturday Night, largely dispenses with the romance in favor of poetic depictions of the same setting. On "Diamonds on My Windshield" and "The Ghosts of Saturday Night," Waits doesn't even sing, instead reciting his verse rhythmically against bass and drums like a Beat hipster. Musically, the album contains the same mixture of folk, blues, and jazz as its predecessor, with producer Bones Howe occasionally bringing in an orchestra to underscore the loping melodies. Waits' songs are sometimes sketchier in addition to being more impersonal, but "(Looking For) The Heart of Saturday Night" and "Semi Suite" are the equal of anything on Closing Time. Still, with lines such as ."..the clouds are like headlines/Upon a new front page sky" and references to "a 24-hour moon" and "champagne stars," Waits' imagery is beginning to get florid, and in material this stylized, the danger of self-parody is always present.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2018
Label: Anti
UPC: 0045778756629
catalogNumber: 87566
Rank: 18506

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Waits   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals
Tom Scott   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Jim Gordon   Drums,Knee Slaps
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet
Bones Howe   Percussion
Jim Hughart   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Mike Melvoin   Piano,Conductor,Electric Piano
Arthur Richards   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Tom Waits   Composer
Bones Howe   Producer,Engineer
Geoff Howe   Engineer
Mike Melvoin   Orchestral Arrangements
Cal Schenkel   Art Direction
Napoleon   Cover Illustration

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