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Duchess of Coolsville: An Anthology [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
It's fitting that Rickie Lee Jones, one of the most mercurial figures in the rock pantheon, would choose to anthologize herself with a collection that's every bit as charmingly capricious. Two of the discs that make up Duchess of Coolsville take on the cast of a "greatest hits" compilation, but rather than presenting the tunes chronologically, Jones offers them up in alphabetical order. That leads to some fascinating juxtapositions, such as nestling her cover of the Victrola-era standard "Bye Bye Blackbird" between the recent jazz foray "Bitchenostrophy" and her best-known tune, "Chuck E's in Love." Ultimately, Jones offers an evenhanded view of her entire career, ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
It's fitting that Rickie Lee Jones, one of the most mercurial figures in the rock pantheon, would choose to anthologize herself with a collection that's every bit as charmingly capricious. Two of the discs that make up Duchess of Coolsville take on the cast of a "greatest hits" compilation, but rather than presenting the tunes chronologically, Jones offers them up in alphabetical order. That leads to some fascinating juxtapositions, such as nestling her cover of the Victrola-era standard "Bye Bye Blackbird" between the recent jazz foray "Bitchenostrophy" and her best-known tune, "Chuck E's in Love." Ultimately, Jones offers an evenhanded view of her entire career, peppering the set with both sparse piano pieces like the ethereal "On Saturday Afternoons in 1963" and finger-snapping bohemian forays like "Weasel and the White Boys Cool." Another plus is her eagerness to spotlight her more expansive work, notably the winding, eight-minute "Traces of the Western Slopes." Diehard fans will be particularly drawn to the collection's third disc, which brings together 15 rarities -- the vast majority of which are genuinely obscure rather than merely somewhat off the beaten path. That translates into a smattering of live tracks -- highlighted by a lovely cover of "My Funny Valentine" -- as well as plenty of demo material, including a radically revamped version of "Satellites" and a jittery jaunt through the off-kilter "Rondo for the Three Apartments on 34th Street." Jones may be claiming the title of duchess only for this aural biography, but the evidence presented here proves she's clearly the queen of this particular sonic universe.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Duchess of Coolsville is Rhino's three-CD career retrospective of the work of singer and songwriter Rickie Lee Jones, an artist who changed the face of pop in the 1970s in her own way beginning with her surprise hit "Chuck E's in Love." Since that time she has continued on a highly personal, often idiosyncratic path; one that does not always give the marketplace its due. Critics have celebrated and vilified her. Her hardcore legion of fans has scratched their collective head more than once in the last 26 years, over her changes in direction, her sporadic activity, and even at some of her live performances. But Jones has always been stubbornly true to the restless, sometimes tempestuous heart of the artist she is. Thank goodness. This collection, co-produced by Jones and Karen Ahmed, is an example of what every career retrospective should be. The three discs contained here feature generous helpings from all of her studio recordings, as well as live material. Discs one and two present her catalog from Rickie Lee Jones to The Evening of My Best Day. In addition, there are some real rarities, such as "Easter Parade," performed with the Blue Nile, and the live version of "Something Cool," released only on the cassette version of Girl at Her Volcano. Jones' cover of Donovan's "Sunshine Superman" is here from the Party of Five soundtrack, as is "Atlas' Marker Aviator's Song," her contribution to Century of Song with Bill Frisell. But there's much more. For starters, the set includes a whopping total of eight unissued demos, including one of "Young Blood" and another of "Satellites." The sequencing is another plus. While it may be irritating for those who like the "same old same old" of chronological style, or those who wish all album's tracks were kept together, this method, as free-ranging as the artist herself, makes for a much more engaging , poetic, and surprising listen. It's a complete yet utterly wonderful jolt to hear "Vessels of Light" from Ghostyhead followed by "We Belong Together" from Pirates, or "Bitchenostrophy" from The Evening of My Best Day preceding her read of "Bye Bye Blackbird" from Pop Pop. The package itself is elegant. It's not only full of photographs, but has essays by Hilton Als and Lee Cantelon, and Walter Becker; there's a long introductory poem by Jones, and testimonies from peers such as Randy Newman, Emmylou Harris, Chuck E. Weiss, Quincy Jones, and others, as well as people Jones has influenced such as Stina Nordenstam and Tori Amos. It's everything a career retrospective should be and then some, and it places the artist in her proper context: as an adventurer with a fiery yet tender heart that expresses itself in song without reservation, artifice, or guile.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2005
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227971526
  • Catalog Number: 79715

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rickie Lee Jones Primary Artist, Dulcimer, Synthesizer, Guitar, Mandolin, Drums, Rhythm Guitar, Horn, Keyboards, Recorder, Vocals, Background Vocals, Kalimba, sleigh bells, Wurlitzer, Bowed Dulcimer
Leo Kottke Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Slide Guitar
John Doan Harp Guitar
Dr. John Keyboards, Vocals, Keyboards
Donald Fagen Synthesizer
Michael McDonald Background Vocals
Randy Newman Synthesizer
Syd Straw Vocals
Peter Erskine Drums
Victor Feldman Percussion, Keyboards
Robben Ford Acoustic Guitar
Joe Henderson Saxophone
James Newton Howard Synthesizer
Marty Krystall Clarinet, English Horn
Vince Mendoza Trumpet
Rob Mounsey Synthesizer
David Sanborn Alto Saxophone
Tom Scott Horn, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Rob Wasserman Acoustic Guitar, Double Bass
Chuck Rainey Bass
Ralph Grierson Keyboards
Jim Keltner Drums
Brad Dutz Percussion, Marimbas, Bodhran, Udu, Bowls, Tarkas
Michael Ruff Piano, Background Vocals
Walter Becker Synthesizer, Bass
Alex Acuña Conga, Drums
Sal Bernardi Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer
Rick Boston Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Recorder, Kalimba, Various, sleigh bells, Wurlitzer, Bowed Dulcimer
Randy Brecker Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Bobby Bruce Violin
Red Callender Bass
Lenny Castro Percussion
Nick DeCaro Accordion
Jeff Dellisanti Bass Clarinet
Walfredo Reyes Percussion
Kevin Dorsey Background Vocals
Phil Feather English Horn
Howard "Buzz" Feiten Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Russell Ferrante Keyboards
Chuck Findley Horn
Bill Frisell Electric Guitar
Steve Gadd Guitar, Drums
Gary Grant Trumpet
Jerry Hey Trumpet, Flugelhorn
David Hidalgo Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, 8-string Guitar
Dan Higgins Flute, Tenor Saxophone
David Hungate Bass
Paul Jackson Jr. Acoustic Guitar
David Kalish Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Randy Kerber Keyboards
Jay Lane Cymbals
Neil Larsen Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
John Leftwich Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Cello
Arno Lucas Background Vocals
Steve Lukather Guitar
Clarence McDonald Keyboards
Pascal Nabet-Meyer Synthesizer
Andy Newmark Drums
Michael Omartian Piano
Michael O'Neill Acoustic Guitar
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Dean Parks Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Greg Phillinganes Keyboards
Grant Lee Phillips Vocals
John Pizzarelli Acoustic Guitar
Tony Scherr Bass
Leslie Smith Background Vocals
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Fred Tackett Guitar, Mandolin
Martin Tillman Cello
Efrain Toro Percussion
Joe Turano Background Vocals
Ernie Watts Horn
Willie Weeks Bass, Bass Guitar
Matthew Weiner Background Vocals
Kenny Wollesen Percussion, Drums
Paul Nowinski Acoustic Bass
Eric Benét Vocals
Craig Eastman Mandolin, Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Robert Devery Rhythm
Jeffrey Parcaro Drums
Art Rodriquez Drums
Doug Lyons French Horn
Cougar Estrada Drums
William McLeish Smith Organ
Rene Camacho Bass
John "4 Daddman" Robinson Drums
Mark Stevens Drums
Larry E. Williams Synthesizer
Carol Es Drums
Jeffrey Pavar Guitar
Cindy Wasserman Vocals
Bob Zimmitti Percussion
Technical Credits
Donovan Composer
Rickie Lee Jones Arranger, Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Horn Arrangements, Audio Production
James Newton Howard Producer
Rob Wasserman Producer
Ralph Burns Horn Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements
Jim Keltner Drum Effects
Gayle Caldwell Composer
Walter Becker Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Blair Aaronson Orchestration
Larry Alexander Engineer
Steve Berlin Producer
Michael Bernard Programming
Sal Bernardi Composer
Rick Boston Composer, Programming, Producer, Loop
Bruce Brody Producer
Paul Buchanan Composer
Nick DeCaro Orchestral Arrangements
Walter Donaldson Composer
James Farber Engineer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Jimi Hendrix Composer
Lee Herschberg Engineer
Jon Ingoldsby Engineer
Gus Kahn Composer
David Kalish Composer, Producer, Engineer
Julie Last Engineer
Tommy LiPuma Producer
Mark Linett Engineer
Johnny Mandel Orchestral Arrangements
Johnny Mercer Composer
Pascal Nabet-Meyer Composer
Roger Nichols Engineer
Greg Penny Engineer
Jacques Prévert Composer
Allen Sides Engineer
Ben Sidran Producer
Russ Titelman Producer, Audio Production
Lenny Waronker Producer, Audio Production
David Was Producer, Audio Production
Lee Cantelon Art Direction
Steve Woolard Annotation
Loyd Clifft Engineer
Robert Devery Programming
Joseph Kosma Composer
Mort Dixon Composer
Alfred "Snuff" Johnson Composer
John Nelson Engineer
Jason Wormer Engineer
Andy Brohard Engineer
Daniel Hersch Remastering
Mark Johnson Engineer
Ian Cross Engineer
Barry Goldberg Engineer
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