John Wesley Harding's New Deal

John Wesley Harding's New Deal

by John Wesley HardingJohn Wesley Harding


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Four years passed since John Wesley Harding's previous long-player, and it seems he spent the time "growing up" a bit, shaking once and for all the image of Elvis Costello's smart-ass kid brother. John Wesley Harding's New Deal (the title presumably referring to his parting of ways with Sire and his new signing to Forward Records) finds a gentler Harding doing some soul-searching on his most introspective outing to date. Continuing the trend set by 1992's Why We Fight, the album's warmer production -- bare-bones arrangements consisting mainly of acoustic guitar with subtle use of violin, cello, Hammond organ, and pedal steel -- creates the appropriate intimate setting for the subject matter. Thankfully, the new John Wesley Harding's songs are still as clever as ever and, in a different way, just as catchy and memorable.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/13/1996
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227225025
catalogNumber: 72250

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Wesley Harding   Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Typewriter
Bennet Bowman   Drums
Greg Leisz   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Robert Lloyd   Organ,Mandolin,Piano,Accordion,Hammond Organ,farfisa organ
Tammy Rogers   Violin,Cello
Chris Von Sneidern   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Snare Drums
Denise Stace   Bells
Peter Straus   Bass
David Phillips   Pedal Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

John Wesley Harding   Arranger,Producer
Harry Stinson   Engineer
Chris Von Sneidern   Arranger,Producer,Engineer

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