• tom waits Blue Valentine (CD, £10.95)

    label: Anti-

    Blue Valentine is a big departure from earlier Waits albums. Trading the piano for the guitar, Waits gets rawer and bluesier, and the title track is a great example of this. Waits is in transition here, so you also get a stunning orchestrated rendition of Gershwin’s “Somewhere”, and the beautiful piano ballad, “Kentucky Ave.”, but you also get the juke joint swagger of “Romeo Is Bleeding” and “Whistlin’ Past the Graveyard”. This is also the record that contains one of Waits’s most popular songs, “Christmas Card from A Hooker in Minneapolis”. Track Listing   1.  Somewhere (From "West Side Story")     2.  Red Shoes By The Drustore     3.  Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis   4.  Romeo Is Bleeding     5.  $29.00      6.  Wrong Side Of The Road     7.  Whistlin' Past The Graveyard     8.  Kentucky Avenue     9.  A Sweet Little Bullet From A Pretty Blue Gun   10.  Blue Valentine

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