|The Heart of Saturday Night|
|Studio album by|
|Released||October 15, 1974|
|Genre||Folk, blues, jazz|
|Tom Waits chronology|
|Singles from The Heart of Saturday Night|
The album cover is based on In the Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra. It is an illustration featuring a tired Tom Waits being observed by a blonde prostitute as he exits a neon-lit cocktail lounge late at night.Cal Schenkel was the art director and the cover art was created by Lynn Lascaro.
|Christgau's Record Guide||C+|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
|The Village Voice||B-|
In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, Janet Maslin regarded the songs as tawdry affectations of "a boozy vertigo" marred by Waits' vague lyrics and ill-advised puns on an album that is "too self-consciously limited" in mood. "It demands to be listened to after hours", Maslin wrote, "when that cloud of self-pitying gloom has descended and the vino is close at hand". Fellow Village Voice critic Robert Christgau was also critical of Waits' compositions, writing that "there might be as many coverable songs here as there were on his first album if mournful melodies didn't merge into neo imagery in the spindrift dirge of the honky-tonk beatnik night. Dig?"
In a retrospective review, Buddy Seigal was more impressed by Waits' "touchingly, unashamedly sentimental" songs, calling The Heart of Saturday Night perhaps the singer's most "mature, ingenuous and fully realized" album. In 2003, it was ranked number 339 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, his highest placing.
All songs written and composed by Tom Waits.
|1.||"New Coat of Paint"||3:23|
|2.||"San Diego Serenade"||3:30|
|4.||"Shiver Me Timbers"||4:26|
|5.||"Diamonds on My Windshield"||3:12|
|6.||"(Looking for) The Heart of Saturday Night"||3:53|
|1.||"Fumblin' with the Blues"||3:02|
|2.||"Please Call Me, Baby"||4:25|
|4.||"Drunk on the Moon"||5:06|
|5.||"The Ghosts of Saturday Night (After Hours at Napoleone's Pizza House)"||3:16|
All personnel credits adapted from the album's liner notes.
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone