Introducing Willy DeVille

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Willy DeVille deserves way better than this. This compilation by Ear Music in Germany barely glances the surface of a career, that, while underappreciated, crossed so many genres and boundaries, and was as deep and profound as a river. That's not to say that what's here isn't good, because it is; all of it. But it focuses solely on DeVille's later career, one that was shrouded by obscurity in his native United States. Of these ten tracks, six are live, taken mostly from an acoustic album cut live in Germany. These are fine tracks, and they contain the power only DeVille could deliver in front of an audience, when he was every character in every story he told or sang. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Willy DeVille deserves way better than this. This compilation by Ear Music in Germany barely glances the surface of a career, that, while underappreciated, crossed so many genres and boundaries, and was as deep and profound as a river. That's not to say that what's here isn't good, because it is; all of it. But it focuses solely on DeVille's later career, one that was shrouded by obscurity in his native United States. Of these ten tracks, six are live, taken mostly from an acoustic album cut live in Germany. These are fine tracks, and they contain the power only DeVille could deliver in front of an audience, when he was every character in every story he told or sang. The studio tracks, that come from Crow Jane Alley, Loop Garou, and other records; and they offer his obsessions with early rock & roll, Latin, and New Orleans music. The finest tracks here include the confessional but utterly magical "Chieva," and the uptempo, acoustic live reading of "Bamboo Road" (with hand drums and killer guitar work from George Moore) from one of his finest, if lesser-known albums Backstreets of Desire. But even this is just a taste of Deville in his later years; the quality of his music never declined, no matter where he was at in his personal life. His commitment to the roots of R&B and rock & roll are everywhere as evidenced here by his medley of New Orleans standards "Keep a Knockin'" and Frankie Ford's "Sea Cruise." The country tune "Crow Jane Alley," written for producer and friend Jack Nitzsche also deeply offers proof that he could sing a honky tonk song and tell its story with the best of them. So while DeVille deserves a box set, or at least a double disc, to begin to get at his particular brand of genius, this "introduction" will have to do, but perhaps that should have called it "An Introduction to Willy DeVille: The Later Years," or some such.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2009
  • Label: Edel Europe
  • EAN: 4029758989524
  • Catalog Number: 5898952
  • Sales rank: 225,898

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Willy DeVille Primary Artist
John Philip Shenale Wurlitzer
Josh Sklar Guitar
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