Blue Valentine

Blue Valentine

by Tom WaitsTom Waits


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2018
Label: Anti
UPC: 0045778757022
catalogNumber: 87570
Rank: 12160

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Waits   Primary Artist,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Charles Kynard   Organ
Ray Crawford   Electric Guitar,Soloist
Roland Bautista   Electric Guitar
Bobbye Hall   Conga
Bob Alcivar   Conductor
Harold Battiste   Piano
Scott Edwards   Bass
Dawilli Gonga   Electric Piano,Piano (Grand)
Herb Hardesty   Tenor Saxophone
Jim Hughart   Bass
Byron Miller   Bass
Earl Palmer   Drums
Alvin Robinson   Piano
Shine Robinson   Electric Guitar
Frank Vicari   Tenor Saxophone
Chip White   Drums
Rick Lawson   Drums

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Tom Waits   Composer
Bob Alcivar   Arranger
Bones Howe   Producer,Engineer
Ron Coro   Art Direction

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