Blue Valentine (album)

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Blue Valentine
Blue Valentine.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 5, 1978 (1978-09-05)[1]
RecordedJuly 24–August 26, 1978
StudioFilmways/Heider Recording, San Francisco, California
GenreRock, blues, jazz
ProducerBones Howe
Tom Waits chronology
Foreign Affairs
Blue Valentine
Heartattack and Vine
Singles from Blue Valentine
  1. "Somewhere"
    Released: August 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars link
Mojo5/5 stars
Rolling Stone(favorable) link
The Rolling Stone Album Guide

Blue Valentine is the fifth studio album by the American musician Tom Waits, released in September 1978 on Asylum Records. The album was recorded over the course of six sessions from July to August 1978 with producer Bones Howe.

Rickie Lee Jones is pictured with Waits on the back cover.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tom Waits, except where noted.

Side one

1."Somewhere" (From West Side Story)Music: Leonard Bernstein; lyrics: Stephen Sondheim3:53
2."Red Shoes by the Drugstore" 3:14
3."Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis" 4:33
4."Romeo Is Bleeding" 4:52
5."$29.00" 8:15

Side two

1."Wrong Side of the Road"5:14
2."Whistlin' Past the Graveyard"3:17
3."Kentucky Avenue"4:49
4."A Sweet Little Bullet from a Pretty Blue Gun"5:36
5."Blue Valentines"5:49



  1. ^ "Releases". ANTI-. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  2. ^ M. Deusner, Stephen (March 24, 2018). "Tom Waits: Blue Valentine". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  3. ^ "Tom Waits: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on September 19, 2011.
  4. ^ Hoskyns, Barney (2010). Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits. Random House. p. 208. ISBN 0-7679-2709-5.