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  • Audio CD (10 May 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Elektra Records
  • ASIN: B000002GWR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,072 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Tom Waits's hipster persona began to evaporate at the beginning of the 1980s, but not before he released the transitional-- but eminently worthwhile--Heartattack and Vine, which contained "On the Nickel", a Dickensian tale of street life, and "Jersey Girl," a song Bruce Springsteen gave a far wider airing to on his Live 1975-1985 box set. You can hear hints of Waits's style growing more trenchant on songs like "Downtown" and the stark, bluesy title track, which contains the immortal line "Don't you know there ain't no devil / That's just God when he's drunk." Indeed. --Daniel Durchholz

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Format: Audio CD
One day I borrowed a cassette from a colleague. .... But when the tape ended and it auto-turned over to other side ... I was astounded and drawn into a dark, beautifuly tragic musical landscape! ...the likes I haven't heard before.
It was Heart attack and Vine.
The first listen was magic. After that I was a Waits convert.
I loved this album, I love this man.....
I played it to friends late one night after the pub, and its still great to see peoples expressions when hearing the first track for the first time. Brilliant! Drive to it! Sleep to it! Just buy it and enjoy.
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By Cuban Heel VINE VOICE on 1 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
You might remember, some years ago now, a bizarre Levi's advert with a funeral procession in it and a strange blues track that begins 'Liar Liar, your pants on fire'. That was a Screaming Jay Hawkins cover of the Tom waits track 'Heart Attack and Vine'. An absolutely fantastic white trash blues ramble that pretty much sums up this album.

If 'The Heart of Saturday Night' is the sound of a down-and-out pulling it all together for a late night performance in a jazz club, this is the sound of the morning after. The art work on the cd features Tom Waits' face on a yellowing newspaper and the music sounds like that of someone who has just woken up on a park bench wrapped in this newspaper. It's downbeat blues with the vocals of someone really trying to shake off their hangover.

'Heart Attack and Vine' is superb - so original. 'Downtown' is sleazy blues, 'Til the Money Runs Out' is edgy and paranoid, 'Mr. Siegal' is a drunken brawl waiting to happen. 'On the Nickel' and 'Ruby's Arms' sound like ballads from a Gershwin musical, if Gershwin had ever written anything about tramps in Times Square.

This album bridges the gap between Waits' earlier work and his later experimental output. If you haven't heard much Waits, the closest thing I can think of is the slower, more sentimental, tracks by The Pogues - think 'Fairytale of New York' only spread out across the year rather than just a Christmas song. It's as far from the sanitised output of your average record label as you can get and should be worth a listen on that basis alone...
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Format: Audio CD
THis is a must-have for all Waitsheads. "Ruby's Arms" is one of the saddest, most amazing heart-break songs ever written by Tom or anyone I can think of. "Jersey Girl" is an anthem to all those big-haired boardwalkers. This is a great CD for driving, and Tom still rocks, especially on "Heartattack..." and "Downtown". "What becomes of all the little boys who never comb their hair?" Hopefully they grow up to be Tom.
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By A Customer on 21 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
i am a huge fan but if you have never heard any Tom Waits ..this is as good an introduction as any. What an underated artist. I have heard/got all of his stuff and as a social/commentary,pertinent observer on alinenation/vignette wizzard/humorist/ wit/
needless to say..do yourself a favour ..just hear a c.d. and hopefully you will agree.
Modern day Oscar Wilde crossed with Jean Genet?
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Dec. 2002
Format: Audio CD
This was the place I discovered the magic of Tom Waits. I appreciate his flowing ballads more than his talking blues style, and this album has plenty of both. Saving All My Love For You is a magnificent example of the former, and so is Jersey Girl, later covered by Bruce Springsteen. The words are sheer poetry. On The Nickel is another gem, with intricate arrangement and beautiful instrumentation, while Mr Siegel is a raucous mixture of both styles, and a brilliant achievement at that. This excellent album concludes with Ruby's Arms, a tender, moving ballad.
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By KaleHawkwood TOP 100 REVIEWER on 6 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It`s interesting that this somewhat sloppy, slobby effort came, in 1980, a couple of years after the impeccable, dazzling Blue Valentine, and only months before he met his wife/muse/co-writer Kathleen on the set of One From The Heart - whose soundtrack is so romantic, exuberant and sumptuous - which in turn led to the revelatory and rejuvenating change of musical direction heralded by Swordfishtrombones.
From the (literally) sickly cover to the often slapdash numbers on this below-par album, the wittily titled Heartattack And Vine is one I rarely play, except to hear three gorgeous ballads: the lush Ruby`s Arms, the beautifully sung On The Nickel, and the Waits classic Jersey Girl, so ecstatically covered by Springsteen on an early live record.
These are as lovely as any of the slow songs Waits thankfully never deprives us of on his many releases, and they are welcome after such throwaway sweet-nothings as pointless blues instrumental In Shades, indifferent ballad Saving All My Love For You, the pat Downtown, and the forgettable `Til The Money Runs Out.
If I sound harsh, it`s because I love Tom Waits (as my other reviews testify) and rate him by the high standards he himself sets. I just don`t rate this a particularly compelling album overall. It ticks all the TW boxes, but somehow his heart is too seldom in it.
I can`t agree with fellow reviewers here - 5 stars! - who suggest this is a good place to start for a Waits virgin. Let it rather be Heart Of Saturday Night or Small Change, both far superior to this, or, if you`ve heard some of his later stuff & like it, well - any of them really. You`ll no doubt enjoy this one too, but it simply isn`t the man at his best, and his best is The Best!
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