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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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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  • Release Date: 5/11/1990
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596053327
  • Catalog Number: 162

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tom Waits Primary Artist, 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 Jr. 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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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    If you like "Closing Time," you will love this one too

    If you like "Closing Time," you will love this one too. The pre-80's Waits. Jazz, blues, folk, balled, take your pick. He puts them all together into something I wish he would return too. For me it never gets old. Worth every penny and maybe a few dollars more. Ahhh.......

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