Tom Waits – The Heart of Saturday Night

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Tom Waits is an American singer, songwriter, musician, composer, and actor. His music is characterized by lyrics focusing on the underside of society, delivered in his distinctively deep, gravelly voice. During the 1970s, he worked primarily in jazz, but since the 1980s his music has reflected greater influence from blues, vaudeville, and experimental genres. Despite little commercial success domestically, Waits influenced many musicians and has captured an international cult following. In 2011, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and included in the 2015 Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time. The Heart of Saturday Night is his second studio album, released in 1974. The title song was written as a tribute to Jack Kerouac. The album cover is based on In the Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra and the illustration features a tired Tom Waits being observed by a blonde prostitute as he exits a neon-lit cocktail lounge late at night.

Side A
1. “New Coat of Paint”
2. “San Diego Serenade”
3. “Semi Suite”
4. “Shiver Me Timbers”
5. “Diamonds on My Windshield”
6. “(Looking for) The Heart of Saturday Night”

Side B
1. “Fumblin’ with the Blues”
2. “Please Call Me, Baby”
3. “Depot, Depot”
4. “Drunk on the Moon”
5. “The Ghosts of Saturday Night (After Hours at Napoleone’s Pizza House)”

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