Tom Waits’ ‘Blue Valentine’ is his sixth studio album recorded from July 24 till August 26, 1978 and released in September 1978 by Asylum.
Track listing : 1.Somewhere (From West Side Story) (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim) – 03:53 . 2.Red Shoes by the Drugstore (Tom Waits) – 03:14 . 3.Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis (Tom Waits) – 04:33 . 4.Romeo Is Bleeding (Tom Waits) – 04:52 . 5.$29.00 (Tom Waits) – 08:15 . 6.Wrong Side of the Road (Tom Waits) – 05:14 . 7.Whistlin’ Past the Graveyard (Tom Waits) – 03:17 . 8.Kentucky Avenue (Tom Waits) – 04:49 . 9.A Sweet Little Bullet from a Pretty Blue Gun (Tom Waits) – 05:36 . 10.Blue Valentines (Tom Waits) – 05:49 .
Musicians : Tom Waits – Guitar,Piano, Vocals . Bob Alcivar – Conductor . Harold Battiste, Jr. – Piano . Roland Bautista – Guitar . Ray Crawford – Guitar . Scott Edwards – Bass . Dawilli Gonga – Keyboards . Bobbye Hall – Congas, Percussion . Frank Vicari – Saxophone . Herb Hardesty – Saxophone . Jim Hughart – Bass . Charles Kynard – Bass, Organ . Byron Miller – Bass . Shine Robinson – Guitar . Ricky Lawson – Drums . Earl Palmer – Drums . Chip White – Drums .
Production Produced by Bones Howe . Bones Howe – Engineer . Geoff Howe – Engineer . Ralph Osborne – Engineer . Terry Dunavan – Mastering . Zal Schreiber – Mastering .
Packaging : Ron Coro – Art Direction . Elliot Gilbert – Photography .
Recorded July 24—August 26, 1978 at Filmways/Heider Recording in San Francisco, California .
Released in September 1978 by Asylum.
But in this, his 1978 album “Blue Valentine” he exhibits some of the elements that make people class him as “Not for them” but he hasn’t yet graduated into complete oddity, writing mainly heartfelt ballads and amusing anecdotes and avoiding strange instrumentation and experimentation. […]
On the whole, though, Blue Valentine is as solid a record as Waits has made. While there’s nothing quite as snappy and funny as “Step Right Up,” there’s nothing as overblown and pretentious as “Potter’s Field” either. […]
I first met Tom Waits when I was a young boy the age of seven. My father owned a shabby old vinyl pressing of Blue Valentine. I was more interested in the mechanics of the record player; how did sound come out of this revolving black plate? […]