• tom waits The Heart of Saturday Night (CD, £10.95)

    label: Anti-

    Expanding beyond the folk and pop stylings of his first album, Waits’s second studio release established his reputation as a versatile and distinctly American songwriter. Its bluesy jazz arrangements featured bass, drums, sax and Waits on piano. The title track, a melancholy ode to Saturday night rituals, and the tenderly romantic hymn-like “San Diego Serenade”, are enduring classics covered by an array of artists from Diana Krall and Nancy Griffith to folk hero Eric Anderson. The album also features “Diamonds on My Windshield”, the first of what would become a signature style for Waits, the spoken-word poetry song. Waits delivers these lyrics as pure beat jazz in the stylings of Kerouac, Langston Hughes and Bob Kaufman. Track Listing   1.  New Coat Of Paint     2.  San Diego Serenade     3.  Semi Suite     4.  Shiver Me Timbers     5.  Diamonds On My Windshield [Looking For]     6.  The Heart Of Saturday Night     7.  Fumblin' With The Blues     8.  Please Call Me, Baby     9.  Depot, Depot     10.  Drunk On The Moon    11.  The Ghosts of Saturday Night [After hours At Napoleone's Pizza house]

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