Blue Valentine

Blue Valentine

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by Tom Waits
     
 

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Two welcome changes in style made Blue Valentine a fresh listening experience for Tom Waits fans. First, Waits alters the instrumentation, bringing in electric guitar and keyboards and largely dispensing with the strings for a more blues-oriented, hard-edged sound. Second, though his world view remains fixed on the lowlifes of the late night, he expands beyondSee more details below

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Two welcome changes in style made Blue Valentine a fresh listening experience for Tom Waits fans. First, Waits alters the instrumentation, bringing in electric guitar and keyboards and largely dispensing with the strings for a more blues-oriented, hard-edged sound. Second, though his world view remains fixed on the lowlifes of the late night, he expands beyond the musings of the barstool philosopher who previously had acted as the first-person character of most of his songs. When Waits does use the first-person, it's to write a "Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis," not the figure most listeners had associated with the singer himself. The result is a broadening of subject matter, a narrative discipline that makes most of the tunes story songs, and a coherent framing for Waits' typically colorful and intriguing imagery. These are not radical reinventions, but Waits had followed such a rigidly stylized approach on his previous albums that for anyone who had followed him so far, the course correction was big news.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/1990
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596053327
catalogNumber:
162

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Waits   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Charles Kynard   Organ,Bass
Ray Crawford   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Roland Bautista   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bobbye Hall   Percussion,Conga
Bob Alcivar   Conductor
Harold Battiste   Piano
Scott Edwards   Bass
Dawilli Gonga   Keyboards,Electric Piano
Herb Hardesty   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jim Hughart   Bass
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Byron Miller   Bass
Earl Palmer   Drums
Shine Robinson   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Frank Vicari   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Chip White   Drums

Technical Credits

Terry Dunavan   Mastering
Bones Howe   Producer,Engineer
Geoff Howe   Engineer
Ralph Osborne   Engineer
Zal Schreiber   Mastering
Ron Coro   Art Direction

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