The Heart of Saturday Night

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596059725
  • Catalog Number: 1015
  • Sales rank: 5,356

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tom Waits Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Shelly Manne Drums
Gene Cipriano Clarinet
Bones Howe Percussion
Jim Hughart Bass
Jack Sheldon Trumpet
Frank Vicari Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Bob Alcivar Arranger
Terry Dunavan Mastering
Bones Howe Producer, Engineer
Geoff Howe Engineer
Cal Schenkel Art Direction
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