It Ain't Easy [Warner Bonus Tracks]

It Ain't Easy [Warner Bonus Tracks]

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by Long John Baldry
     
 

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It Ain't Easy features a British blues-rock lineup befitting the man behind the Long John Baldry moniker. This album returns Baldry to a decidedly edgier and hipper audience, with a literal cast of all-stars on some of the more adventurous material he had covered to date. This is no doubt due, at least in part, to the involvement of rock superstars Rod StewartSee more details below

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It Ain't Easy features a British blues-rock lineup befitting the man behind the Long John Baldry moniker. This album returns Baldry to a decidedly edgier and hipper audience, with a literal cast of all-stars on some of the more adventurous material he had covered to date. This is no doubt due, at least in part, to the involvement of rock superstars Rod Stewart and Elton John. In fact, John confesses to have taken the last name in his stage moniker from Baldry's first name. Among their contributions to the project, Stewart and John divided the production tasks with each taking a side of the original album. Immediately, Baldry sheds the MOR blue-eyed soul-pop image. The backing band on Stewart's side includes fellow Face and future Rolling Stone, Ron Wood, on electric guitar, and acoustic guitarist Sam Mitchell, who appeared on many of Stewart's early-'70s solo albums. His contributions to this side are numerous, including an especially potent solo on Leadbelly's "Black Girl." This authentic duet featuring Maggie Bell on co-lead vocals is a definite return to the Mississippi Delta for the song which is also known as the bluegrass standard "In the Pines." Other highlights from Stewart's sector include the humorous and self-biographical leadoff track "Conditional Discharge," which is paired with the full-tilt boogie of "Don't Try to Lay No Boogie-Woogie on the King of Rock and Roll." Arguably the oddest cover version on this album is also among the best; "Morning Morning," from head Fug Tuli Kupferberg, is given new and surprisingly fresh life by Baldry. Highlights from Elton John's side include Randy Newman's "Let's Burn Down the Cornfield," which would have fit perfectly on John's Tumbleweed Connection album. Additionally, "Rock Me When He's Gone" was actually recorded by John, although his version remained unissued until the 1992 odds-and-sods compilation Rare Masters. [The U.K. release of this album contains bonus material.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2005
Label:
Rhino/Wea Uk
UPC:
0081227846428
catalogNumber:
278464

Tracks

  1. Conditional Discharge  - Long John Baldry
  2. Don't Try to Lay No Boogie Woogie  - Long John Baldry
  3. Black Girl  - Long John Baldry
  4. It Ain't Easy  - Long John Baldry
  5. Morning Morning  - Long John Baldry
  6. I'm Ready  - Long John Baldry
  7. Lets Burn Down the Cornfield  - Long John Baldry
  8. Mr Rubin  - Long John Baldry
  9. Rock Me When He's Gone  - Long John Baldry
  10. Flying  - Long John Baldry
  11. Going Down Slow  - Long John Baldry
  12. Blues  - Long John Baldry
  13. Black Girl (Alt Version) (Bonus Track)  - Long John Baldry
  14. It Ain't Easy (Alt) (Bonus Track)  - Long John Baldry
  15. I'm Ready (Alt) (Bonus Track)  - Long John Baldry
  16. Love in Vain (Unreleased) (Bonus Track)  - Long John Baldry
  17. Midnight Hour Blues (Unreleased) (Bonus Track)  - Long John Baldry
  18. Radio Spot

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Long John Baldry   Primary Artist,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Elton John   Organ,Piano
Alan Skidmore   Tenor Saxophone
Lesley Duncan   Background Vocals
Tony Hazzard   Background Vocals
Sam Mitchell   Dobro,Guitar,Slide Guitar
Doris Troy   Background Vocals
Ian Armitt   Piano
Tony Burrows   Background Vocals
Kay Garner   Background Vocals
Dave Glover   Bass
Roger Pope   Drums
Caleb Quaye   Organ,Guitar
Liza Strike   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Long John Baldry   Composer,Author
Leroy Carr   Composer
Willie Dixon   Composer
Elton John   Composer,Producer
Randy Newman   Composer
Rod Stewart   Producer
Ron Davies   Composer
Lesley Duncan   Composer
Ian Armitt   Composer
Brownie McGhee   Composer
Sid Griffin   Liner Notes
Bill Inglot   Producer
Robert Johnson   Composer
Tuli Kupferberg   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Sonny Terry   Composer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Ed Thrasher   Art Direction
Daniel Hersch   Remastering

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