Bourbonitis Blues

Bourbonitis Blues

by Alejandro Escovedo
     
 
After Alejandro Escovedo's relationship with Rykodisc came to a sudden halt following the release of an album by his glam punk side project Buick MacKane, he released two stopgap albums while writing the material for 2001's masterful A Man Under the Influence. More Miles Than Money: Live 1994-96 was a

Overview

After Alejandro Escovedo's relationship with Rykodisc came to a sudden halt following the release of an album by his glam punk side project Buick MacKane, he released two stopgap albums while writing the material for 2001's masterful A Man Under the Influence. More Miles Than Money: Live 1994-96 was a superb document of Escovedo's startlingly intimate live shows, but Bourbonitis Blues sounds like an odds-and-ends EP of covers, live tracks, and a few token new cuts that was somehow stretched to a 38-minute LP. The disc only features four original songs (one of which, "Guilty," is a remake of a tune from With These Hands), and while "I Was Drunk" is excellent, "Sacramento and Polk" and "Everybody Loves Me" suggest he was saving most of his A-list material for his next proper album. The rest of Bourbonitis Blues is filled up with covers, most of which are well worth hearing, especially his heart-rendering reading of Ian Hunter's "Irene Wilde," and a slow, ominous take on the Gun Club's "Sex Beat." But since Jon Langford happens to be singing lead on the take of "California Blues" featured here, it's not certain just what it's doing on an Alejandro Escovedo record. There isn't anything bad on Bourbonitis Blues, but there isn't a lot that's truly distinguished, either, and it's something of disappointment coming from one of the best singer/songwriters to emerge in the 1990s.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/1999
Label:
Bloodshot Records
UPC:
0744302004921
catalogNumber:
20049
Rank:
106582

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alejandro Escovedo   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Chris Stamey   Bass,Guitar,Harmonium
Kelly Hogan   Vocals
Jon Langford   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Bill McCullough   Pedal Steel Guitar
Glenn Fukunaga   Bass
Hector Muñoz   Drums
David Perales   Violin,Background Vocals
Joe Eddy Hines   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Chris Phillips   Percussion,Drums
Melissa Swingle   Harmonica,Background Vocals
Brian Standefer   Cello
Tom V. Ray   Bass

Technical Credits

Chris Stamey   Producer,Engineer
Tim Harper   Engineer
Dana Lee Smith   Artwork
Timothy Powell   Engineer

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