The Heart of Saturday Night

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The Heart of Saturday Night
Studio album by Tom Waits
Released October 1974 (1974-10)
Genre Folk, blues, jazz[1]
Length 41:28
Label Asylum
Producer Bones Howe
Tom Waits chronology
Closing Time
The Heart of Saturday Night
Nighthawks at the Diner
Singles from The Heart of Saturday Night
  1. "Blue Skies (non-album single)"
    Released: October 1974
  2. "San Diego Serenade"
    Released: 1975
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Los Angeles Times favorable[2]
The New York Times (favorable)[3]
Paste (favorable)[4]
Q 4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[6]
The Village Voice (mixed)[7]
Yahoo! Music (favorable)[8]

The Heart of Saturday Night is the second studio album by singer and songwriter Tom Waits, released in 1974 on Asylum Records. In 2003, the album was ranked number 339 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, his highest placing.

The title song was written as a tribute to Jack Kerouac.[9]

Album Cover[edit]

The album cover is based on In the Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra.[10] 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.[11] Cal Schenkel was the art director and the cover art was created by Lyn Lascaro.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tom Waits.

Side one

No. Title Length
1. "New Coat of Paint" 3:23
2. "San Diego Serenade" 3:30
3. "Semi Suite" 3:29
4. "Shiver Me Timbers" 4:26
5. "Diamonds on My Windshield" 3:12
6. "(Looking for) The Heart of Saturday Night" 3:53

Side two

No. Title Length
1. "Fumblin' with the Blues" 3:02
2. "Please Call Me, Baby" 4:25
3. "Depot, Depot" 3:46
4. "Drunk on the Moon" 5:06
5. "The Ghosts of Saturday Night (After Hours at Napoleone's Pizza House)" 3:16
Total length: 41:28


All personnel credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[12]

Technical personnel
Design personnel


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Gold 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. Review: The Heart of Saturday Night. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-08-05.
  2. ^ Siegal, Buddy. Review: The Heart of Saturday Night. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2009-08-05.
  3. ^ Davis, Stephen. "Review: The Heart of Saturday Night". New York Times: 119. December 21, 1975.
  4. ^ LaBate, Steve. Review: The Heart of Saturday Night. Paste. Retrieved on 2009-08-05.
  5. ^ Columnist. "Review: The Heart of Saturday Night. Q: 100. October 1992.
  6. ^ "Tom Waits: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on September 19, 2011. 
  7. ^ Maslin, Janet. "Review: The Heart of Saturday Night". The Village Voice: 105–106. November 21, 1974.
  8. ^ DiMartino, David. Review: The Heart of Saturday Night. Yahoo! Music. Retrieved on 2009-08-05.
  9. ^
  10. ^ a b Art Director: Cal Schenkel Cover Art: Napoleon aka Lyn Lascaro 339) The Heart of Saturday Night : Rolling Stone
  11. ^ Jacobs 2010
  12. ^ The Heart of Saturday Night (CD). Tom Waits. Asylum Records. 1974. 7559-60597-2. 
  13. ^ "British album certifications – Tom Waits – The Heart of Saturday Night". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter The Heart of Saturday Night in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search


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