Flying Cowboys

Flying Cowboys

by Rickie Lee Jones
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Five years after the disappointing The Magazine, Rickie Lee Jones returned to form with Flying Cowboys, which shared much of the playful, childlike charm of her debut, Rickie Lee Jones, and some of the musically diffuse, lyrically ambitious form of its follow-up, Pirates. From the opening track, "The Horses," which suggested a mother's delight with her child as much as a lover's devotion, Jones reintroduced the joyous tone of her early work as well as establishing the Western theme that would run through the album -- cowboys, rodeos, horses, deserts -- without adding up to an actual storyline. The easy rhythms and lazy, flexible singing on the first few songs were reminiscent of Laura Nyro's work with Labelle on their Gonna Take a Miracle album, after which Jones branched out into reggae and folk-blues, coming up with an affectionate bluesman voice on "Ghost Train." "Satellites," the college radio hit, used the sprung rhythms and surprising choral parts familiar from her popular early songs. If Jones could be obscure and unfocused as a writer, that weakness was also her strength, since it was an expression of the imagination that also produced her most striking musical effects. Producer Walter Becker may have helped keep things from getting as grandiose as they had on The Magazine, but it was really the artist herself who managed to rein in from that album's self-importance. If what resulted was not as accomplished as Pirates, it was the most accessible and enjoyable music Jones had made since her debut.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/19/1989
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0720642424629
catalogNumber: 24246

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rickie Lee Jones   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Multi Instruments
Peter Erskine   Drums
Marty Krystall   Clarinet,English Horn,Tenor Saxophone
Greg Mathieson   Hammond Organ
Vince Mendoza   Trumpet
Bob Sheppard   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Chris Hammer Smith   Harmonica
Rob Wasserman   Bass
Michael Ruff   Background Vocals
Walter Becker   Synthesizer,Bass
Sal Bernardi   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Kevin Dorsey   Background Vocals
Howard "Buzz" Feiten   Electric Guitar,Classical Guitar
Michael Fisher   Percussion
Pascal Nabet-Meyer   Synthesizer,Percussion
Michael Omartian   Piano
Dean Parks   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Greg Phillinganes   Keyboards
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
William D. "Smitty" Smith   Organ
Bob Zimmitti   Percussion

Technical Credits

Robert Hart   Engineer
Jim Keltner   drum machine
Robbs   Engineer
Walter Becker   Producer
Chris Dickie   drum programming
Greg Laney   Engineer
Mark Linett   Engineer
Greg Penny   Engineer
Ken Felton   Engineer
Lavant Coppock   Engineer

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