Blue Valentine [CASSETTE] Import
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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).Read more ›
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!!
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.Read more ›
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One of Waits' best albums, this is rarely found on fave records lists but is well worth re-visitingPublished 3 months ago by Marcus Garvey
Like many of the best pleasures; good Scotch, leaf tea, walking at night in rain, you have to find Tom Waits when it's time. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Stretford End Groundside