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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Singer/songwriter Jill Sobule, who "Kissed a Girl" far more convincingly than Katy Perry in 1995, raised the money for her seventh full-length album through fan donations. That she managed to meet her projected target of $75,000 (recording, manufacturing, distribution, and promotion) in fewer than three months says more about the state of the music industry in the late 2000s than any RIAA lawsuit or major-label meltdown ever could. Artists build the fire but it's the fans who keep it lit, something Sobule knows well, as she promised each of her rock & roll philanthropists a gift proportionate to their donation (free album download, sit in on a recording ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Singer/songwriter Jill Sobule, who "Kissed a Girl" far more convincingly than Katy Perry in 1995, raised the money for her seventh full-length album through fan donations. That she managed to meet her projected target of $75,000 (recording, manufacturing, distribution, and promotion) in fewer than three months says more about the state of the music industry in the late 2000s than any RIAA lawsuit or major-label meltdown ever could. Artists build the fire but it's the fans who keep it lit, something Sobule knows well, as she promised each of her rock & roll philanthropists a gift proportionate to their donation (free album download, sit in on a recording session, album group vocal appearance). Like her late friend (and occasional bandmate) Warren Zevon, Sobule has a blade in one hand and flowers in the other, and her songs are always rooted to a simple and effective melody. California Years finds the Denver-born, transplanted New Yorker celebrating her adopted West Coast with typical wit, grace, irony, sweetness, and satire, simultaneously extolling the state's penchant for free-spirited idealism ("San Francisco," "Palm Springs") and ripping it a new one for its shallow, self-absorbed celebrity culture ("Nothing to Prove," "Spiderman"). In between, it's the usual semi-biographical cast of characters who inhabit every Sobule album: death ("Empty Glass"), amiable hedonists ("A Good Life"), first loves ("Wendell Lee"), and quirky adventurers ("Mexican Pharmacy"), all of whom come stocked with a slowly diminishing Northeast accent that can be both sweet and wicked, depending on whose audience they find themselves addressing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/2009
  • Label: Megaforce
  • UPC: 020286130925
  • Catalog Number: 61309
  • Sales rank: 407,427

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Palm Springs (4:42)
  2. 2 San Francisco (4:50)
  3. 3 Nothing to Prove (3:09)
  4. 4 Where Is Bobbie Gentry? (3:11)
  5. 5 A Good Life (3:05)
  6. 6 Sweetheart (3:01)
  7. 7 Empty Glass (3:10)
  8. 8 League of Failures (4:47)
  9. 9 Wendell Lee (4:42)
  10. 10 Bloody Valentine (3:38)
  11. 11 Mexican Pharmacy (2:59)
  12. 12 While You Were Sleeping (3:06)
  13. 13 Spiderman (3:20)
  14. 14 The Donor Song (1:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jill Sobule Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Soloist
John Doe Vocals
Jim Keltner Drums, Vocals
Benmont Tench Organ
Dave Carpenter Bass, Piano, Vocals
Mark Goldenberg Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Slide Guitar, Sounds, Fuzz Guitar
Greg Leisz Dobro, Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar, Vocals
Jamie Muhoberac Organ
Don Was Bass
Robin Eaton Vocals, Casio
Bill DeMain Guitar
Geoff Pearlman Vocals
Bryan Head Vocals
Technical Credits
Jill Sobule Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Ted Jensen Mastering
Don Was Producer
Krish Sharma Engineer
Robin Eaton Composer
Gail Marowitz Art Direction
Bill DeMain Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Ed Sherman Photo Illustration
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