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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002GXS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,611 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. New Coat Of Paint
2. San Diego Serenade
3. Semi Suite
4. Shiver Me Timbers
5. Diamonds On My Windshield (Looking For)
6. 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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Rolling Stone included this 1974 LP in their "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" in admiration of its bewitching blend of after-hours hipster jazz, ageless acoustic- piano songs and intimate introductions to the lonely "ghosts of Saturday night." The song of that title joins New Coat of Paint; Shiver Me Timbers; Diamonds on My Windshield; (Looking for) The Heart of Saturday Night; Semi Suite , and more of his early best!

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The Eagles might have covered his song "Ol' 55," but Tom Waits was cut from a different cloth than California's other singer-songwriters--he suggested a scruffy beat poet who'd walked out of a forgotten scene of Jack Kerouac's On the Road. Waits's beatnik schtick could get old, and he developed into a much more musically adventurous songwriter in later years, but his second album contains some of his best early work, including the sweet romantic blues of "New Coat of Paint" ("You wear a dress baby, I'll wear a tie"), and his best hipster recitation, "Diamonds on My Windshield." Two songs are enduring classics: the doleful, dirge-like "San Diego Serenade" ("Never saw the morning till I stayed up all night") and the touchingly sweet "(Looking for) The Heart of Saturday Night" ("Stoppin' on the red, goin' on the green, `cause tonight'll be like nothin' that you've ever seen"). --John Milward

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Even if you dont know tom waits I would suggest listen to this album.
Garrett
In songs like Fumblin' With the Blues and Drunk on the Moon you can allmost smell the filled ashtrays and old beer.
Christian Jorgensen
There's lots of piano on this one and the sound of resonant, rich upright bass throughout.
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85 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Battista on January 23, 2002
Format: Audio CD
If so, get a jug of wine, sit on the floor and let this cd slip into your soul. A suffocating, stately meditation on missed connections. Why this isn't a staple on the jukebox of every crummy dive bar in America, I have no idea. Its about going out or away because thats what you know best-and feeling the emptiness that it invites. Piano, sax, crooning, the West Side Highway,your beat up car, 4am at the bodega, its all here. Waits has got to be the most eloquent articulator of loss Ive ever heard.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Bt on August 23, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is some of the saddest music I've ever heard. Tom's second disc still holds up magnificantly. Back in his early years he was the bourbon/blues piano playing sad sack who could put into words what few others could. Yeah, we all know how he's changed his style over the years, but for me, this lounge lizard's first few disc's are what I consider some of the best music ever written. A timeless classic!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jeb Nome on January 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album has see me through many sad lonely nights. But the real time this music works its magic is when you have a woman to share it with. I'm telling you guys, put this on in the background and they swoon. Any girl who doesn't simply isn't worth the trouble.

And if you just love Tom Waits, well that's enough of an excuse in my mind. It's jazzy, it's bluesy, it's Waits! And that alone can't be beat.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I see Tom Waits as having 3 "periods". His mellow bluesy, folky period, which this and Closing time are from. Then he went to his beatnik, Kerouac thing with some added blues and jazz which was Foreign Affair, Blue Valentine, Small Change, and Heart Attack and Vine. Then he went to his insane, original, way off the beaten path, anti-commercial period starting with SwordfishTrombones, Frank's Wild Years, and the rest of the later stuff, which got way too bizarre for me. If you like his later stuff you won't like this album if you are expecting the same thing. He hadn't even tried his Louie Armstrong 9 pack a day gravel voice yet on this album. I really like the songs on this album, which I think are his best, but many would probably disagree. I think he started out writing music that he thought people would like and gradually started caring less and less as his career spanned the decades. He really is one of the most talented artists ever to make a record and you have to admit he's a genius even if he might be "too far out there" to connect with, at least his later 90's stuff. This album is very tame compared to all the others, even his beatnik stuff. I don't think Tom ever had a Billboard top 100 song as far as I know, but a few songs on this album probably had the best chance of any of them. Well, as a conclusion, if you don't have a Tom Waits cd you really are missing one of the best writers out there!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 1998
Format: Audio CD
On Wait's second release his "hobo drinking carousing poet image" starts to form. Later he will undergo more changes, each one brilliant. But "Heart of Saturday Night" is his most romantic album. Be it the love of a truck driving man (Semi Suite), a beautiful ballad of yearning (San Diego Serenade) to one of the best sea analogy love songs ever written (Shiver Me Timbers), Tom delivers. Great musicianship, personal and emotional singing... all make this a wonderful addition to any music fan's collection. And you get this line to boot: "if I excorcised my devils, I'm afraid my angels would leave too". How can you resist that?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 1999
Format: Audio CD
In 1978, with Disco at its peak, I played my copy of this album until I wore it out. At times, Tom Waits was singing about my life. "Please Call Me Baby" was about me and my frustrated love during a California Winter that wouldn't stop raining, living in Salinas, a California coastal cow town from hell. "Shiver Me Timbers..." was how I ended up there. It means so much more to me today, in 1999. My traveling took me around the world and eventually to San Francisco. Disco was the music of my generation, but the brilliance of Tom Waits is still with me today, and will be with me forever. His stories are simultaneously universal, personal, intimate and timeless...to me, he is a genius.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bill R. Moore on January 5, 2002
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Still singing in the bluesy-jazzy serenade that he abandoned by his next album, this is Tom Waits the Barstool Philosopher at his best. The instrumentation is mostly his jazzy piano with occasional backing from strings, and a cabaret rhythm section. Some of his best early songs are on here, including New Coat of Paint, San Diego Serande, the incredible title track, and the winning semi-spoken-word piece, Diamonds On My Windshield (seemingly a blueprint for many of his later songs.) He never quite returned to songs of this particular type again (certainly not with this voice), and it is good to go back and see that he wrote great songs of this type. Moving away from the ballads and "midnight lullabies" on his first album, this collection houses a very poignant set of lyrics that set the scenes omnipresent on his first album (indeed, on all of them up to Swordfishtrombones) to poetry. There are quite a few good lines on this album, and his vocals are some of his most affecting. Although it's not as interesting or sprawling as some of his later, better albums, The Heart of Saturday Night is nonetheless a fine Tom Waits album, and is very good at what it does. Any fan will want to pick it up, and it truly is a soundtrack for when you are looking for the heart of Saturday night.
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