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Blue Valentine [VINYL]

Tom Waits Vinyl
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Vinyl (28 Jun 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B00004WNNW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,415 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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TOM WAITS Blue Valentine (1980s German issue of the classic 1978 10-track LP featuring his trademark deep & dark lyrics full glossy gatefold picture sleeve. Both sleeve & vinyl are in wonderful near as new condition AS53088)

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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Blue Valentine is one of those rare albums which can move you through the complete range of emotions. From the cautious optimism of 'Somewhere', through the desperately sad 'Postcard from a hooker in Minneapolis', to the sparkling genius of 'Red Shoes', this album is quite brilliant. 'Romeo is bleeding' tells the tale of a gang leader dying after a confrontation with the police; '29 dollars' tells the story of a new girl in town being picked up by the wrong sort of guy, and Mr. Waits has truly saved the best till last: The title track is the last cut, and I defy you not to be truly moved by the intensity of Tom Waits' singing and the sparse guitar playing. Every track tells a story - each worthy of it's own attention - this is one of those must-haves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Through And Through 15 Sep 2008
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I hope that when people refer to 'Blue Valentine' as Waits' most accessible album it is not in any way to invalidate the poetry and majesty of this great, great record. Personally, I wish latterly that he would try to be a little more accessible: I've read rave reviews of everything post 'Frank's Wild Years,' through 'Bone Machine,' 'Mule Variations,' 'Alice,' 'Blood Money' to 'Real Gone,' etc., but none of these can possibly touch the heart in the way of 'Blue Valentine' or 'The Heart Of Saturday Night,' the latter, along with 'One From The Heart' and 'Closing Time' (which started it all) for me being by far his most accessible and radio-friendly work. 'Blue Valentine,' though patently melodic through-and-through, is the album where Tom makes the leap from the beat poetry, sub-Bukowski personae of albums like 'Small Change' (though a classic of its genre) and 'Nighthawks At The Diner' etc., to a fully-fledged cinematic painter-with-words. The poetry of 'Red Shoes By The Drugstore,' 'Romeo Is Bleeding,' 'Kentucky Avenue' and the brilliant title track itself cannot be denied. They are almost too perfect. No songwriter alive pays greater attention to the minutest details of life lived in the raw, and none can romanticise the seedier side better than the master. Buy this album, because it pays back in buckets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 18 Aug 2004
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This is the second Tom Waits album I bought, the first being 'Raindogs', and it firmly established him as my favourite lyricist ever.
The music is dark and sometimes sleazy but also has a great romantic feel to it, couple this with superb lyrics and you have a gem of an album.
Buy this and enlighten yourself!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Sebastian Palmer TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is a sublime recording.

When I first bought it on vinyl in my early twenties, I'd come to Waits via two rather odd poles of his output, namely Closing Time, his rather sweet and innocent sounding debut, and Big Time, a mostly live recording (there was also an oddball concert movie of the the same name, documenting his rather different post Swordfishtrombones sound). Around the same time I also bought Small Change, and these two records were on heavy rotation for years after that, and remain solid favourites to this day.

Having done several albums with the brilliant rhythm section team of Jim Hughart on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums, Waits decided to change up the groove, so to speak. Having worked, in the studio at least, with a fairly stable team of players for several years, he goes for more of a pick-up band vibe, using several combinations of players on the one album. Getting a bit more raw, bluesy and electric, he brings in electric bass and keys, the latter a real rarity in most of his recorded output (numerous exceptions to this general rule can be found, but it still remains true that he usually prefers an acoustic piano).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Valentine 12 Feb 2011
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I never thought I would be writing a Tom Waits review but here I am. A very good friend of mine, (thank you so very much, Mr. Robertson...) actually bought this album for me and had it sent to my home. Well, many months later, I now own nearly all of Tom Waits albums. I am now of course, a hopeless Mr. Waits addict, even more surprising is that I normally listen to bands such as Tool, Rush and Black Sabbath. However, Mr. Waits simply transcends musical genres and I love him for it, he is an absolute genius who writes, sings and plays, from the heart.

The album is just so atmospheric, dense and evocative, that I never tire of listening to it. It is the kind of album into which the listener simply disappears and what a dark honour it is to inhabit this blue, smoky world. From the other worldly opening of 'Somewhere' with its bold, redemptive optimism, "We'll find a new way of living, a new way, of forgiving..." to the desolate, heartbreaking portrait of dark love on album closer, 'Blue Valentines' you know you are in the prescence of greatness. This is still my favourite Tom Waits album and is now one of my favourite albums of all time.

These are the songs of the lost and the lonely and tracks like 'Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis' feature some of the best lyrics I have ever heard, "I'd buy me a used car lot and I wouldn't sell any of 'em, I'd just drive a different car each day, dependin' on how I feel...' Beautiful.

Other highlights are 'Red Shoes By The Drugstore' with brilliant lines like, "As the rain splashed the nickel and spilled like Chablis all along the midway..." and "There's a dark huddle at the bus stop, umbrellas arranged in a sad bouquet..." There are a book full of ideas in one song.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bit disappointing
Was exploring Tom Waits music and had beard some of his work before. A bit disappointed in this cd but the quality was fine.
Published 1 month ago by sue law
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Disturbing and Beautifull
This is a dark, deebly disturbing and very beautifull album. A true gem for those of us that prefer the darker side of the street. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jan Patrik SahlstrÝm
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
What can i say, when you're in the mood, this album takes a lot of beating, Kentucky Avenue is wonderful & romantic
Published 14 months ago by peter collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Another: the only one, blues and jazz speak under a haze of tobacco...
In 1980 someone who's pants I desperately wanted visitation rights to gave me this instead. They were married. It would never have worked. Read more
Published 23 months ago by "Belgo Geordie"
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues And Soul
I have only recently replaced my vinyl copy of this 1978 Tom Waits classic with a CD version, and, following a number of recent listens, felt compelled to put to pen to paper in... Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2012 by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars the first of his "blues era" is a gem
his sixth album, in six years, waits was working out where his career was going at a frenetic rate. what was amazing was the quality stuff he was coming out with at such speed. Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2011 by Biffer Spice
5.0 out of 5 stars $29 and an alligator purse
Following on from the excellent, if patchier, Foreign Affairs, this album is Waits at his least compromising, most musically and lyrically assured, which is more than can be said... Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2011 by GlynLuke
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
This is easily one of my favorite records of all time. When I first heard it (aged 16) I didn't understand it and felt unsure why the person playing it rated it so highly. Read more
Published on 1 April 2011 by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Waits? Start Here!
Tom Waits observes a twilight world of life where little happines is expected (or received) by its inhabitants. Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2011 by rollingforkcreek
5.0 out of 5 stars If you haven't tried Tom Waits...
Tom Waits is like Picasso or Hockney - an artist whose style has evolved over time. I admire and sometime enjoy the savagery of some of his later work, but I truly love the balance... Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2010 by Robert Joseph
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