Traffic from Paradise

Traffic from Paradise

by Rickie Lee Jones


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"Just give me many chances ... time to learn to crawl," sings Rickie Lee Jones on this, her fifth album of new material in 14 years. Clearly, she's had a lot of chances already, and some have paid off big, notably her first two albums, Rickie Lee Jones and Pirates. Here, however, Jones has made a record of what sound like rough performances of musical ideas that might at some point become songs and then, with some work, acceptable recordings. As it is, the record is vague and unfocused, only aspiring to coherence when someone other than the singer/songwriter/producer is heard from, such as on the two songs co-written by Leo Kottke. Too much of the time, Jones sounds like she's singing half-forgotten songs in the calm aftermath of an all-night party, and the result is wispy and fragmentary, even when, on David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel," you know there's a real song in there somewhere.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/1993
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0720642460221
catalogNumber: 24602
Rank: 27904

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rickie Lee Jones   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Keyboards,Bowed Dulcimer
Leo Kottke   Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar
David Baerwald   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Lyle Lovett   Background Vocals
Syd Straw   Background Vocals
Brian Setzer   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Brad Dutz   Percussion,Marimbas,Bodhran,Udu
Alex Acuña   Conga,Drums
Sal Bernardi   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Bobby Bruce   Violin
David Hidalgo   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,8-string Guitar
John Leftwich   Bass,Guitar,Cello,Background Vocals
Dean Parks   Electric Guitar
Efrain Toro   Percussion
Teresa Tudury   Vocals
Doug Lyons   French Horn

Technical Credits

Leo Kottke   Contributor
Rickie Lee Jones   Producer,Contributor
Brad Dutz   Contributor
Mark Guilbeault   Engineer
Stephen Krause   Engineer
Julie Last   Engineer
John Leftwich   Director
Earl Martin   Engineer
Joe Gruvtek Seta   Engineer
Marnie Riley   Engineer
Dary Sulick   Engineer

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Traffic from Paradise 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Difficult music indeed, but the triphop rhythms on "Tigers", the Joni Mitchell-esque "Pink Famingoes", and a cover of Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" are worth to give it a try... if you like freeform vocalists that is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly rate this album for any fan of Rickie Lee Jones. Some absolute knockouts, such as Stewarts Coat, Beat Angels, Tigers and A Stranger's Car. But not one throwaway. Plus the cover of the David Bowie hit Rebel Rebel.