Coup de Grace/Where Angels Fear to Tread

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/28/1998
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • UPC: 612657007525
  • Catalog Number: 75
  • Sales rank: 16,877

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
Mike Fuller Mastering
Eddie Hinton Composer
Rick Nielsen Composer
Thom Panunzio Producer, Engineer
Bob Defrin Art Direction
John Pilgreen Cover Photo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Overlooked

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WONDERFUL!!!!!

    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.

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