Tom Waits ‎– Blue Valentine

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Recorded July & August 1978 at Filmways/Heider Recording

Tracklist

Somewhere 3:50
Red Shoes By The Drugstore 3:11
Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis 4:30
Romeo Is Bleeding 4:50
$29.00 8:12
Wrong Side Of The Road 5:11
Whistlin Past The Graveyard 3:14
Kentucky Avenue 4:47
A Sweet Little Bullet From A Pretty Blue Gun 5:34
Blue Valentines 5:50

Versions (102)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
6E-162 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, SP ) Asylum Records 6E-162 US 1978 Sell This Version
ET-8162 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(8-Trk, Album) Asylum Records ET-8162 US 1978 Sell This Version
K 453 088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(Cass, Album) Asylum Records K 453 088 UK 1978 Sell This Version
453 088, K 453 088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(Cass, Album) Asylum Records, Asylum Records 453 088, K 453 088 Europe 1978 Sell This Version
TC5 00162, TC5-162 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(Cass, Album) Asylum Records, Asylum Records TC5 00162, TC5-162 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
453 088, K 453 088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(Cass, Album) Asylum Records, Asylum Records 453 088, K 453 088 Europe 1978 Sell This Version
TC-5162 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(Cass, Album, Win) Asylum Records TC-5162 US 1978 Sell This Version
6E 162 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album) Asylum Records 6E 162 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
AS 53 088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album) Asylum Records AS 53 088 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
K 53088, 6E-162 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album) Asylum Records, Asylum Records K 53088, 6E-162 UK 1978 Sell This Version
6E-162 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, Gat) Asylum Records 6E-162 New Zealand 1978 Sell This Version
K 53088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, Gat) Asylum Records K 53088 UK 1978 Sell This Version
K 53 088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, Gat) Asylum Records K 53 088 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
AS 53 088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, Gat) Asylum Records AS 53 088 Belgium 1978 Sell This Version
6E-162 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, Gat) Asylum Records 6E-162 US 1978 Sell This Version
AS 53 088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, Gat) Asylum Records AS 53 088 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
AS 53088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, Gat) Asylum Records AS 53088 France 1978 Sell This Version
ASY 53088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, Gat) Asylum Records ASY 53088 Portugal 1978 Sell This Version
6E-162 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, Gat) Asylum Records 6E-162 New Zealand 1978 Sell This Version
6E-162 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, Gat) Asylum Records 6E-162 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
P-10604Y, 6E-162 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, Gat) Asylum Records, Asylum Records P-10604Y, 6E-162 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
6E-162 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, Gat) Asylum Records 6E-162 US 1978 Sell This Version
K 53088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, Gat) Asylum Records K 53088 UK 1978 Sell This Version
P-10604Y, 6E-162 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, Promo, Gat) Asylum Records, Asylum Records P-10604Y, 6E-162 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
6E-162 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, Promo, Gat) Asylum Records 6E-162 New Zealand 1978 Sell This Version
6E-162 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, Promo, PRC) Asylum Records 6E-162 US 1978 Sell This Version
6E-162 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, Promo, SRC) Asylum Records 6E-162 US 1978 Sell This Version
6E-162 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, Promo, Whi) Asylum Records 6E-162 US 1978 Sell This Version
6E-162 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, Qua) Asylum Records 6E-162 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
6E-162 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, RCA) Asylum Records 6E-162 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
AS 53 088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, SIA) Asylum Records AS 53 088 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
6E-162 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, TP) Asylum Records 6E-162 US 1978 Sell This Version
53088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, Gat) Asylum Records 53088 Greece 1980 Sell This Version
53088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, Gat) Asylum Records 53088 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
96 0336-1, LB 96 0336-1 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, RE) Asylum Records, Asylum Records 96 0336-1, LB 96 0336-1 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
LB 53088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, RE) Asylum Records LB 53088 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
453 088, K 453 088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(Cass, Album, RE) Asylum Records, Asylum Records 453 088, K 453 088 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
WPCP-3587 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(CD, Album, RE) Elektra WPCP-3587 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
61180-4 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(Cass, Album, RE, Dol) Asylum Records 61180-4 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
7559-60533-2 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(CD, Album, RE) Elektra 7559-60533-2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
162-2 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(CD, Album, RE, SRC) Elektra 162-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
П93 00291/92 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial) Santa Records, AnTrop П93 00291/92 Russia 1993 Sell This Version
PCW-568 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(Cass, Album, RE) Polton PCW-568 Poland 1996 Sell This Version
7559-60336-4 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(Cass, Album, RE) Asylum Records, Союз 7559-60336-4 Russia 1998 Sell This Version
7559-60533-2 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(CD, Album, RE, RP) Elektra, WEA Records 7559-60533-2 Australia 1999 Sell This Version
7559-60533-2 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(CD, Album, RE, RP) Elektra 7559-60533-2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
7559-60533-2 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Elektra (2) 7559-60533-2 Ukraine 1999 Sell This Version
STRESS0007161 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Unofficial) Stress Records (2) STRESS0007161 Russia 2000 Sell This Version
SW203-2 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) SomeWax Recordings SW203-2 Russia 2003 Sell This Version
WPCR-13779 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Asylum Records WPCR-13779 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
WPCR-75576 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(CD, Album, RE, RM) Elektra WPCR-75576 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
none Tom Waits Blue Valentine(10xFile, AIFF, Album, RE, RM, 24-) Anti-, Epitaph none 2018
none Tom Waits Blue Valentine(10xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, RM, 24b) Anti-, Epitaph none 2018
87570-2 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(CD, Album, RE) Anti- 87570-2 US 2018 Sell This Version
7570-2 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(CD, Album, RE, RM) Anti- 7570-2 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
WPCR-18010 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(CD, Album, RE, RM, Gat) Anti- WPCR-18010 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
7570-1 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Blu) Anti- 7570-1 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
87570-1 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Gat) Anti- 87570-1 US 2018 Sell This Version
87570-1 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, RE, RM, Blu) Anti- 87570-1 US 2018 Sell This Version
87570-1 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, RE, RM, Gat) Anti- 87570-1 US 2018 Sell This Version
7570-1 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, RE, RM, Mos) Anti- 7570-1 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
7570-1 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, RM, 180) Anti- 7570-1 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
7559-60533-2 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(CD, Album, RE) Elektra 7559-60533-2 Argentina Unknown Sell This Version
CD 162 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(CD, Album, RE) Elektra CD 162 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
CD 162 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(CD, Album, RE) Elektra CD 162 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
7559-60533-2 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(CD, Album, RE) Elektra 7559-60533-2 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
CD 162 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(CD, Album, RE) Elektra CD 162 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
none Tom Waits Blue Valentine(CD, Album, RE) Фирма Грамзаписи Никитин none Russia Unknown Sell This Version
7559-60533-2 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(CD, Album, RE, RP) Elektra 7559-60533-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
7559-60533-2 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(CD, Album, RE, RP) Elektra 7559-60533-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
162-2 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(CD, Album, RE, RP, ARC) Elektra 162-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
162-2 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(CD, Album, RE, RP, Cin) Elektra 162-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
162-2 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(CD, Album, RE, RP, Oly) Elektra 162-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
JPCD9707425 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Grammy JPCD9707425 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
GRCD 016 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Not On Label (Tom Waits) GRCD 016 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
GRCD 016 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Not On Label (Tom Waits) GRCD 016 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
K 453 088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(Cass, Album) Asylum Records K 453 088 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
7559-6033-4 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(Cass, Album, RE) Asylum Records 7559-6033-4 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
K 453 088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(Cass, Album, RE) Asylum Records K 453 088 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
7559-60336-4 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(Cass, Album, RE) Asylum Records 7559-60336-4 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
7559-60336-4 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(Cass, Album, RE) Asylum Records, Союз 7559-60336-4 Ukraine Unknown Sell This Version
7559-60336-4 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(Cass, Album, RE) Warner Music Poland 7559-60336-4 Unknown Sell This Version
none Tom Waits Blue Valentine(Cass, Album, RE, Unofficial) Stable Records (2) none Russia Unknown Sell This Version
none Tom Waits Blue Valentine(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Zarraza none Lithuania Unknown Sell This Version
none Tom Waits Blue Valentine(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Tom Waits) none Ukraine Unknown Sell This Version
AS 53 088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, Gat) Asylum Records AS 53 088 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
AS 53 088, K 53 088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, RE) Asylum Records, Asylum Records AS 53 088, K 53 088 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
LB 53088, 53088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, RE) Asylum Records, Asylum Records LB 53088, 53088 Spain Unknown Sell This Version
AS 53 088, 53 088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Asylum Records, Asylum Records AS 53 088, 53 088 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
AS 53 088, K 53 088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Asylum Records, Asylum Records AS 53 088, K 53 088 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
AS 53 088, K 53 088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Asylum Records, Asylum Records AS 53 088, K 53 088 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
AS 53 088, K 53 088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Asylum Records, Asylum Records AS 53 088, K 53 088 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
7559603361 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Asylum Records 7559603361 UK Unknown Sell This Version
AS 53 088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Asylum Records AS 53 088 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
AS 53 088, K 53 088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Asylum Records, Asylum Records AS 53 088, K 53 088 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
AS 53 088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Asylum Records AS 53 088 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
AS 53 088, K 53 088, 6E-162 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, RE, RP, Gat) Asylum Records, Asylum Records, Asylum Records, Elektra, Elektra, Elektra AS 53 088, K 53 088, 6E-162 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
6E-162 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, RE, RP, Qua) Asylum Records 6E-162 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
6E 162 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, RP) Asylum Records 6E 162 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
AS 53 088, K 53 088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, RP, Gat) Asylum Records, Asylum Records AS 53 088, K 53 088 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
AS 53 088, K 53 088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, RP, Gat) Asylum Records, Asylum Records AS 53 088, K 53 088 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
AS 53 088 Tom Waits Blue Valentine(LP, Album, RP, Gat) Asylum Records AS 53 088 France Unknown Sell This Version

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marketability

December 24, 2020
referencing Blue Valentine, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Blu, 7570-1

Great pressing IMO, clean and great SQ - only have a battered original pressing to compare to but pretty certain I'd pick the remaster/reissue
Adam_A

Adam_A

September 3, 2020
referencing Blue Valentine, LP, Album, RCA, 6E-162

Who else but Tom Waits could sing in that voice and do a rendition of "Somewhere" in a totally non-ironic way? I do think it was due time for him to give up on the whole 'Captain Beefheart Does Ballads' bit, and largely he finds his voice here, especially in tracks like 'Red Shoes', 'Romeo is Bleeding', and 'Alligator Purse'. Times things even get into David Lynch territory here. Overall a solid album with minor inconsistencies. But those inconsistencies are owned wholly and completely by Waits, so it's not a real problem.
timtom

timtom

July 6, 2020
referencing Blue Valentine, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Blu, 7570-1
100% agreed. Beautiful pressing. Highly recommended! Excellent sound and dead quiet vinyl.
marcoprolo

marcoprolo

May 22, 2020
referencing Blue Valentine, LP, Album, SP , 6E-162
I have got exactly this edition withe same pictures. Labels are also the same big elektra logo. I feel that album is a bit heavy. My scale ain't very precise but icame out: about 160gram.
I do my Waits collection and have lots of this ALSDORF pressings. But re-issues or re-pressings without barcodes. The ones with barcodes were :

1st. Tom Waits ‎– The Heart Of Saturday Night
Label: Asylum Records ‎– AS 53 035, Asylum Records ‎– K 53 035, Elektra ‎– AS 53 035, Elektra ‎– K 53 035
Barcode: 07559603351
I don't know how to give you the link. But it' the only 180 gramm (German) issue before the 2000's.

2nd : Tom Waits ‎– Blue Valentine
Label: Asylum Records ‎– AS 53 088, Asylum Records ‎– K 53 088
Barcode: 07559603352
German ALSDORF Blue Valentine, LP, Album, RP, Gat, AS 53 088, K 53 088 , this one here.
- Same look of the barcode in lettering.
- Both German pressings.

I felt the 1st album was heavy vinyl. Put it on a scale and it was around 170 (Non precise kitchen scale) gram. I thought maybe a 150 gram or so. Then I found here on discogs that it's a 180 gram version. I suppose from the 90's. I bought them from a friend who's been maybe 3 years older so that must be the time range. Maybe 1993-97 or so.
They're listed from an unknown timeperiod..
So my guess was the barcode is one number behind the 1st. It felt also a bit more heavy as usual and the scale said 160. But really unprecise.
So I kept searching a 180 gram version with the same numbers, etc.. I found one from Europe, UK,.It was listed as DAMONT . Also no elektra letters on the label.
Everything else would 've fit

NOW : is is possible that the listed version is also a 180 gram version? Because on the 1st it was only on a sticker on the cover..
OR: Is it possible that that's pressed in Ger54many from the UK Matrices.

Simple would be if anybody who own's it could weigh it with a precise scale or simoly know what's up. Maybe only a 150 gram .?.

THANKS for informations!
the_ginchiest

the_ginchiest

May 1, 2020
referencing Blue Valentine, LP, Album, Gat, 6E-162
No one nailed songs filled with brawlers, booze, bums and burnouts of the American dream quite like Tom Waits and Blue Valentine is one of his best albums in a career strewn with many incredibly great albums!

Even from the earliest days Tom had a knack for a lovely tune, take for example “Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis” which besides having a fabulous title, is a wonderfully sad tale set to a late night piano and Tom’s three-pack-a-day gravelly croon. I also love the jazzin’ beatnik groove of “Romeo Is Bleeding”, another cool story with a classic dying hero twist supported by soulful organ stabs, sauntering bass and a meandering early-hours sax solo.

Elsewhere we get the deliciously creepy noir -and Nick Cave fav- “Red Shoes By The Drugstore”, the tear-jerking cinema-scope ballads “Kentucky Avenue” and “Wrong Side Of The Road”, which blend Toms vocal with a great bluesy arrangement, and there’s even a magnificent take on ‘Somewhere’ from the musical West Side Story.

My absolute favourite though, would have to be the closing hours, late night slide of ‘Blue Valentines’, a slo-mo drunkard’s lament of love and loss sung in Waits finest phlegmy growl.
Bradx

Bradx

January 26, 2020
referencing Blue Valentine, LP, Album, K 53088, 6E-162

In the late '70s my friend Lyndon used to buy a lot of albums and then leave them 'round my house. I don't think he owned a record player at the time. He had a huge record collection for a teenager back then .... more than 1000 I would hazard. And yet no record player. Didn't seem strange at the time but seems odd now, looking back.

He had wide knowledge and broad tastes. He knew stuff in the '70s that I'm still catching up with now, 40+ years later. He bought the first two Pebbles round my house when they first came out, he knew about weird underground prog jazz, roots reggae, kosmische and avant garde electronics.

One day he bought Blue Valentine 'round and left it with me. I had never heard of Tom Waits and it wasn't the type of thing I was listening to at the time (being on more of a Pop Group, Swell Maps, Pere Ubu, Beefheart trip at the time). The album hit pretty hard. I went out and bought all his others. In May '79 we went to the London Palladium to see TW in concert. Fantastic night.

After this album it went off for me though. I didn't like Heartattack and the subsequent records didn't do anything for me either. I like the weird noir-ish stuff.... like this album and Foreign Affairs. I'm pleased he found his audience though.

klauswebner

klauswebner

December 19, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Blue Valentine, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Blu, 7570-1
remastering is crisp. Lifts the soundprofile compared to the orig. Master.
Vinylstone

Vinylstone

September 2, 2019
referencing Blue Valentine, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Blu, 7570-1
This issue is perfect. Excellent sound - the remaster is a dream. Dead quite vinyl groove - excellent pressing. Highly recommened!
ntutino1980

ntutino1980

September 10, 2018
referencing Blue Valentine, LP, Album, RE, RM, Blu, 87570-1

Amazing album that serves as the end of the Asylum Years I believe. ‘78 it was released and the remaster I’m holding is 2018. That would make it 40 year anniversary! I was lucky enough to get an appropriate blue colored vinyl in a Gatefold jacket. It sounds great. Very well done. The material is a treasure and the remaster is a good one. Blue Valentine 2018 is quiet, no audible defects. I have most of them and this is one of the better ones.
rairoldi

rairoldi

August 24, 2018
referencing Blue Valentine, LP, Album, SP , 6E-162
Does anyone have any info on the clear vinyl versions sold though the website? I got Heart Of ... and Small Change just fine but not a word on anything since.