- Rickie Lee Jones (album)
Infobox Album |
Name = Rickie Lee Jones
Rickie Lee Jones
Released = March 1979
Recorded = 1978
Warner Bros. Recording Studios and The Burbank Studios
Tracks 2, 11 recorded live December 22, 1978 at TBS
Genre = Rock
Length = 42:11
Warner Bros. Records
Lenny Waronkerand Russ Titelman
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This album = "Rickie Lee Jones"
Next album = "Pirates"
"Rickie Lee Jones" is the eponymously titled debut album of
Chicago-born musician Rickie Lee Jones, released in March 1979. After arriving in Californiain the mid-1970s, Jones started writing songs more seriously and by 1977 had met a pair of singer-songwriters, Chuck E. Weissand Tom Waits, who became her lover during this period.
A demo containing songs for the album including "The Last Chance Texaco", "Easy Money", "Young Blood" and "After Hours" did the rounds in 1978 and earned Jones a record deal with
Warner Bros. Records. Recording sessions during 1978 yielded eleven songs for inclusion on an album, with two, "On Saturday Afternoons in 1963" and "After Hours," recorded live on December 22, 1978.
The album was released in the spring of 1979 to favourable reviews, propelled by the substantial jazz-pop hit single "Chuck E.'s in Love," based on a rumoured romance of her friend Weiss. The single became a US #4 hit during the summer, while the album, which went on to become a million seller, hit US #3. A second single, "Young Blood," cracked the US Top 40 in late 1979, when Jones went on an international tour.
The album cover contributed to the image of Jones as a cool beret-wearing beatnik; it was reported at the time that Jones was a heavy drinker and also a drug addict, and she and
Tom Waitswere, in some quarters, known as rock music's bohemian couple. The music videos for the album's two hit singles also contribute to Jones' "hipster chic" image, and in 1979 she featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, becoming one of the most successful music stars of the year. The album cover photography and design was by Norman Seeff.
Songs written by Rickie Lee Jones, except where noted.
# "Chuck E's In Love" 3:28
# "On Saturday Afternoons In 1963" – 2:31
# "Night Train" – 3:14
# "Young Blood" – 4:04
# "Easy Money" – 3:16
# "The Last Chance Texaco" – 4:05
# "Danny's All-Star Joint" – 4:01
# "Coolsville" – 3:49
# "Weasel And The White Boys Cool" (Rickie Lee Jones,
Alfred Johnson) – 6:00
# "Company" (Rickie Lee Jones, Alfred Johnson) – 4:40
# "After Hours" – 2:13
Rickie Lee Jones - vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion, horn arrangements
Dr. John- keyboards
Michael McDonald- vocals
Randy Newman- synthesizer
Victor Feldman- percussion, drums, keyboards
*Tom Scott - horns
*Ralph Grierson - keyboards
Michael Boddicker- synthesizer
Red Callender- bass
*Nick DeCaro - accordion, orchestral arrangements
Buzz Feiten- guitar
Chuck Findley- horns
Steve Gadd- drums
*Randy Kerber - keyboards
*Neil Larsen - keyboards
Arno Lucas- background vocals
Johnny Mandel- orchestral arrangements
Andy Newmark- drums
Jeff Porcaro- drums
*Leslie Smith - background vocals
*Mark Stevens - drums, percussion
Fred Tackett- guitar, mandolin
*Joe Torano - background vocals
Ernie Watts- horns
Willie Weeks- bass
*Matthew Weiner - background vocals
* The "Chuck E." referred to in the first track is musician
Chuck E. Weiss.
* The acronym "P.L.P." in the same track is a slang acronym for "Public Leaning Post", referring to people (typically friends) physically leaning against one another.
* "Weasel and the White Boys Cool" was the first song written for the album, copyrighted in 1976.
* The original title for "Danny's All-Star Joint" was "Cecil, Take a Dollar."
Lowell Georgecovered "Easy Money" in 1978 prior to the album release.
Emmylou Harrishas stated that she received the original demos for the album in 1978 at her home in California.
* "On Saturday Afternoons in 1963" has been covered by various artists including
* "On Saturday Afternoons in 1963" was also featured in Season 1 Episode 2 ("Paternity") of House, M.D..
Singles - Billboard
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Rickie Lee Jones, "Chuck E's in Love" (Warner Bros., 1979)
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