Crow Jane Alley

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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
It's hard to get a handle on what to call Willy DeVille's multi-genre music, though AMG writer Thom Jurek's description of "Spanish soul-inflected love songs" comes close. "Muddy Waters Rose Out of the Mississippi Mud" would be perfect for Rusty Kershaw, God rest his soul, a nice complement to the laid-back cover of Jay & the Americans' Top Three hit from 1964, "Come a Little Bit Closer" -- its presentation a wonderful nod to songwriters Wes Farrell and Bobby Hart. The evolution is startling 28 years after Mink DeVille gave listeners "Let Me Dream if I Want To" on the classic punk LP Live at CBGB's, and DeVille emerges as a major interpreter. The four minutes and 31 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
It's hard to get a handle on what to call Willy DeVille's multi-genre music, though AMG writer Thom Jurek's description of "Spanish soul-inflected love songs" comes close. "Muddy Waters Rose Out of the Mississippi Mud" would be perfect for Rusty Kershaw, God rest his soul, a nice complement to the laid-back cover of Jay & the Americans' Top Three hit from 1964, "Come a Little Bit Closer" -- its presentation a wonderful nod to songwriters Wes Farrell and Bobby Hart. The evolution is startling 28 years after Mink DeVille gave listeners "Let Me Dream if I Want To" on the classic punk LP Live at CBGB's, and DeVille emerges as a major interpreter. The four minutes and 31 seconds of Bryan Ferry's "Slave to Love" may be one of the most distinct and unique adaptations of a Ferry tune put on record to date. Outside of the covers, the other eight tracks are Willy DeVille originals, "Don't Have A Change of Heart" liberally borrowing the melody from Kenny Rogers' hit "Lucille." "Trouble Comin' Every Day in a World" slinks and lurks around the corner with another stylistic change, sounding a bit like that other Willie from the same era, Bostonian Willie "Loco" Alexander. A sticker on the CD says "First studio album in 5 years!" -- though wasn't his previous "studio" disc not including the live albums Horse of a Different Color released in 2001? No matter; Crow Jane Alley is a very respectable collection from this journeyman, starting off with the single "Chieva" and continuing with DeVille's novel exploration of sound and clever merging of styles.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/2004
  • Label: Eagle Records
  • UPC: 826992003825
  • Catalog Number: 20038
  • Sales rank: 326,550

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Willy DeVille Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar
Steve Stevens Drums
Josh Sklair Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, E-bow, Guitar (Nylon String), Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Alex Acuña Castanets, Maracas, Stick, Tambourine, Timbales, Cajon, Shaker, cowbell, Guiro
David Hidalgo Accordion, Bajo Sexto
John Philip Shenale Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Hammond Organ, Electric Piano, Sampling, ARP, chamberlain, Loops, Wurlitzer, Marxophone
Michael Starr Mandolin, Violin
Billy Valentine Background Vocals
Joey Waronker Drums
John Valentine Background Vocals
David Keyes Electric Bass, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals, Double Bass
Quetzal Flores Bass, Jarana, Various, Jawbone
Hook Herrera Harmonica
Lenin García Acoustic Guitar
Martha González Cajon
Diego "La Empanada" Arellano Guitarron
Martin "Baby Face" Arellano Acoustic Guitar, Trumpet, Biguela
Steve Stevens Drums
J. Mario Rodriguez Violin
John Sklair Guitar, 12-string Guitar, E-bow
Technical Credits
Bryan Ferry Composer
John Carter Engineer
Willy DeVille Composer, Producer
Wes Farrell Composer
Bobby Hart Composer
Ron McMaster Mastering
John Philip Shenale Producer, Audio Production, String Ensemble
Michael Starr Contributor
Lenin García Arranger
Alfons Kiefer Illustrations, Cover Art
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Doc would be proud

    Downside of town would be worth the price of this record alone.....He has crossed all musical borders with a foot in the 1950s....Willy is still putting out great records....All tracks are solid.....Doc Pomus would have a smile from ear to ear.....

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