Coup de Grace/Where Angels Fear to Tread

Coup de Grace/Where Angels Fear to Tread

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by Mink DeVille
     
 
This pairing of two key moments in the transition of Mink DeVille from full-on street rock & roll band to a sophisticated, songcrafting vehicle for frontman Willy DeVille cannot be overestimated. The sound developed here had been informed by the gorgeous balladic style displayed on Le Chat Bleu, Mink

Overview

This pairing of two key moments in the transition of Mink DeVille from full-on street rock & roll band to a sophisticated, songcrafting vehicle for frontman Willy DeVille cannot be overestimated. The sound developed here had been informed by the gorgeous balladic style displayed on Le Chat Bleu, Mink DeVille's last record for Capitol, and showcased the production teams of Jack Nitzsche on the former and the Albert Brothers on the latter, each of them figuring the accordions, marimbas, strings, and horns carefully into their respective mixes. On these two records, the razored, savvy swagger of the late '70s met the street-corner doo wop poets of the '50s, the tango singers of the 1940s, and the Spanish soulsters of the '60s in a mix that was timeless. The evidence lies in the fact that only this band could cover Arthur Alexander's "You Better Move On" with a straight face in the '80s and "Harlem Nocturne" (a live bonus cut included here), or sing a solid Dion DiMucci doo wop chorus without sounding nostalgic and then turn around and burn off a salsa number like "Demisado Corazon." Though the band splintered after Where Angels Fear to Tread, the testament to their greatness lies in these two Atlantic albums, which prove that Le Chat Bleu was not only not a fluke, but also the tip of the iceberg in terms of Mink DeVille's depth and musical dimension. Included along with the two original albums are full credits, a brief series of liner notes, some interesting photographs, and another bonus cut -- a live version of "Maybe Tomorrow" -- tossed in for good measure at an economical price. This is indispensable rock from a period that was issuing a lot of it.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/28/1998
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657007525
catalogNumber:
75
Rank:
133729

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Tracks

  1. Just Give Me One Good Reason
  2. Help Me Make It (Power of a Woman's Love)
  3. Maybe Tomorrow
  4. Teardrops Must Fall
  5. You Better Move On
  6. Love & Emotion
  7. So in Love Are We
  8. Love Me Like You Did Before
  9. She Was Made in Heaven
  10. End of the Line
  11. Maybe Tomorrow
  12. Each Word's a Beat of My Heart
  13. River of Tears
  14. Demasiado Corazon (Too Much Heart)
  15. Lilly's Daddy's Cadillac
  16. Around the Corner
  17. Pick up the Pieces
  18. Love's Got a Hold on Me
  19. Keep Your Monkey Away from My Door
  20. Are You Lonely Tonight?
  21. The Moonlight Let Me Down
  22. Harlem Nocturne

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mink DeVille   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Willy DeVille   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Louis Cortelezzi   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Joe Galdo   Percussion,Drums
Kenny Margolis   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Vibes
Joey Vasta   Bass,Bass Guitar
Fred Wickstrom   Percussion,Timpani
Tommy Price   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Willy DeVille   Producer
Jack Nitzsche   Producer
Robin Zander   Composer
Howard Albert   Producer,Engineer
Ron Albert   Producer,Engineer
Jim Ball   Engineer
Eddie Hinton   Composer
Rick Nielsen   Composer
Thom Panunzio   Producer,Engineer
Bob Defrin   Art Direction
John Pilgreen   Cover Photo

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is some of the best music and singing a person could ask for, it's just one great song after the other. I recommend it for everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mink Deville(Willy Deville) put out some of the best record in the 70s and 80s....How his career never took off...baffles me to this day....Both of these records are great....Willy's rough yet tender vocals match perfect with this great band.....There are so many gems on these two records....If anyone knows what record execs couldn't properly promote this fantastic band...please forward this review to them....They should write a apologie to Mr.Deville saying"MR.DEVILLE SORRY FOR OVERLOOKING YOUR CAREER.....WE ARE IDIOTS..."Great music from truly one of our greatest singer/songwriters of our time