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Cadillac Walk: The Mink DeVille Collection

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This 22-track import collection of Mink DeVille tunes contains over two-thirds of the tracks cut by the original band -- before Louis X. Erlanger and crew left and Willy DeVille continued with different musicians -- and culled from Cabretta, Return to Magenta, and Le Chat Bleu. Issued in the E.U. and distributed by Caroline Records in the United States, this collection was produced and annotated brilliantly by former Creem editor and writer Ben Edmonds. It was issued for the first time in 2001, but has been digitally remastered in 24-bit audio and includes virtually every track any serious fan of Mink DeVille would want, from "Venus of Avenue D" and "Cadillac Walk" to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This 22-track import collection of Mink DeVille tunes contains over two-thirds of the tracks cut by the original band -- before Louis X. Erlanger and crew left and Willy DeVille continued with different musicians -- and culled from Cabretta, Return to Magenta, and Le Chat Bleu. Issued in the E.U. and distributed by Caroline Records in the United States, this collection was produced and annotated brilliantly by former Creem editor and writer Ben Edmonds. It was issued for the first time in 2001, but has been digitally remastered in 24-bit audio and includes virtually every track any serious fan of Mink DeVille would want, from "Venus of Avenue D" and "Cadillac Walk" to "Spanish Stroll," "Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl" "'A' Train Lady," "Guardian Angel," and "Just to Walk That Little Girl Home." The band was fortunate enough to work with the late great Jack Nitzsche, Steve Douglas, and Doc Pomus. During the punk era, this was saying something. Mink DeVille may have played the punk clubs, and they had the attitude, but musically they were rooted in American traditional rock & roll, soul, and blues. This collection, now in stellar sound, is a testament to one of the greatest all-but-unsung legacies in rock history.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2007
  • Label: Caroline
  • UPC: 724353501624
  • Catalog Number: 35016
  • Sales rank: 41,056

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mink DeVille Primary Artist
Steve Douglas & the Rebel Rousers Saxophone
Willy DeVille Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Group Member
David Forman Background Vocals
Eve Moon Background Vocals
Jack Nitzsche Celeste
The Bees Background Vocals
Max Bowman Background Vocals
Louie Erlanger Guitar, Group Member
Val Heron Background Vocals
Jackie Kelso Saxophone
Bobby Leonards Keyboards, Group Member
Kenny Margolis Accordion, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Jerry Scheff Bass
Ron Tutt Drums
Mike Johnson Background Vocals
The Immortals Group
Cleon Douglas Background Vocals
Jake Jacobs Background Vocals
T.R. Allen Jr. "Manfred" Drums, Group Member
Technical Credits
Steve Douglas & the Rebel Rousers Producer
Willy DeVille Producer
Jack Nitzsche Arranger, Producer
Jean-Claude Petit String Arrangements
Chris Coffin Engineer
Ben Edmonds Liner Notes
Gerry Gabinelli Engineer
Evren Göknar Remastering
Mark Howlett Engineer
Kim King Engineer
J.D. Martin Composer
Janet Grey Art Direction
Peter Halm Art Direction
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  • Posted July 31, 2011

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    When Willy DeVille Was A Bad Boy, He Was So Good

    One of the great things about the New York punk scene in the late 1970's was that it spawned so many different bands. You had groups like Blondie, who played 60's style British Invasion music. There was Talking Heads with their jangly, guitar-based art rock. You had truly unique and original bands like The Ramones and Television, whose influence who go far beyond their lack of record sales. And then, there was Mink DeVille, a group rooted in 1960's soul music whose lead singer, Willy DeVille, had more in common with Ben E. King than Iggy Pop. Even his appearance---sharp suit, skinny tie and black pompadour---made him stand out. Though technically Mink DeVille was Willy and guitarist Louis X. Erlanger, the group recorded for Capitol Records in the 1970's and those fine moments are captured on "The Mink DeVille Collection". One had to be amazed at how Willy could go from a touching Drifters-style ballad like "Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl" to a snarling Lou Reed drawl on "Spanish Stroll" (which became a big hit in England). His band was fine, too, thanks mostly to the work of Erlanger and sax player extraordinaire Teenage Steve Douglas. In fact, Douglas would end up producing what would be DeVille's greatest album, "Le Chat Bleu". Recorded in France, this album contained Springsteen-style rockers ("This Must Be The Night") as well as 50's doo-wop nuggets like "Bad Boy". Those songs are featured here as well, including the songs DeVille wrote with legendary songwriter, Doc Pomus ("That World Outside" and "Just To Walk That Little Girl Home"). After "Le Chat Bleu", DeVille was dropped from Capitol Records. He recorded a few more albums with Atlantic but they were nowhere near as great. He would eventually leave the Gotham and drift towards New Orleans making some impressive music there once in a while. When Willy DeVille died in 2009, he was a big star in much of Europe but almost completely forgotten here at home. You listen to this impressive collection and you realize he deserved better.

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