Rickie Lee Jones

Rickie Lee Jones

by Rickie Lee Jones


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Women never played an overly active part in beat culture, but this sassy, scat-singing pianist did her best to make up for that on this swinging debut release in 1987. Jones's shaken-and-slurred delivery helped make "Chuck E.'s in Love" (a song dedicated to L.A. music-scene fixture Chuck E. Weiss) an instant hit and an enduring radio staple. That jazz-tinged barroom epiphany sets the tone for this disc, which ambles leisurely from sunny Angeleno pop to soulful proto-swing (kicked out in admirable fashion on the giddy "Danny's All-Star Joint"). Jones is even more effective, however, when she works with the darker aspects of her palette, painting vivid dreamscapes like "The Last Chance Texaco" and "Coolsville" -- which might be the closest anyone's come to approximating the Beatnik disposition on disc since the originators rode off into the sunset. A finger-poppin' good time.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0075992738927
catalogNumber: 3296
Rank: 17181

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rickie Lee Jones   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Dr. John   Keyboards
Michael McDonald   Vocals,Background Vocals
Randy Newman   Synthesizer
Victor Feldman   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Tom Scott   Horn
Ralph Grierson   Keyboards
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
Red Callender   Bass
Nick DeCaro   Accordion
Howard "Buzz" Feiten   Guitar
Chuck Findley   Horn
Steve Gadd   Drums
Randy Kerber   Keyboards
Neil Larsen   Keyboards
Arno Lucas   Vocals,Background Vocals
Andy Newmark   Drums
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Leslie Smith   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mark Stevens   Percussion,Drums
Fred Tackett   Guitar,Mandolin
Joe Torano   Vocals
Joe Turano   Background Vocals
Ernie Watts   Horn
Willie Weeks   Bass,Bass Guitar
Matthew Weiner   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mark Stevens   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Rickie Lee Jones   Horn Arrangements
Lloyd Cliff   Engineer
Nick DeCaro   Orchestral Arrangements
Lee Herschberg   Engineer
Tom Knox   Engineer
Johnny Mandel   Orchestral Arrangements
Roger Nichols   Engineer
Russ Titelman   Producer
Lenny Waronker   Producer
Mike Salisbury   Art Direction,Cover Design
Loyd Clifft   Engineer

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Rickie Lee Jones 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hated ''Chuck E's in love'' when I heard it on the radio because I had no idea what her music was about. Got the cassette many years ago and have worn out 2 of them. I love her bluesy voice and her songs tell a story about the street. I feel lucky to have found something a little obscure, because I'm not good at that. I enjoy it as much as I did in the 80's when I first bought it. I think you'll like it if you like R&B and bluesy rock. Melinda
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