Blue Valentine (album)

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This article is about the album. For the film, see Blue Valentine (film).
Blue Valentine
Blue Valentine.jpg
Studio album by Tom Waits
Released September 1978
Recorded July 24–August 26, 1978
Studio Filmways/Heider Recording, San Francisco, California
Genre Rock, blues, jazz
Length 49:09
Label Asylum
Producer Bones Howe
Tom Waits chronology
Foreign Affairs
Blue Valentine
Heartattack and Vine
Singles from Blue Valentine
  1. "Somewhere"
    Released: August 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
Mojo 5/5 stars
Rolling Stone (favorable) link
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[1]

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.

The woman pictured with Waits on the back cover is Rickie Lee Jones, another singer/songwriter with whom he was having a relationship at the time. This album peaked on the Australian charts in late 1978 at #42.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tom Waits, except where noted.

Side one

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Somewhere" (From West Side Story) Music: Leonard Bernstein; lyrics: Stephen Sondheim 3:53
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

No. Title Length
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. ^ "Tom Waits: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on September 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ Hoskyns, Barney (2010). Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits. Random House. p. 208. ISBN 0-7679-2709-5.