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It Ain't Easy [Stony Plain Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
It Ain't Easy features a British blues
ock 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.) Among their contributions to the project, Stewart and Elton divided the production tasks -- each taking a side of the original album. Immediately, Baldry sheds the MOR ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
It Ain't Easy features a British blues
ock 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.) Among their contributions to the project, Stewart and Elton divided the production tasks -- each taking a side of the original album. Immediately, Baldry sheds the MOR blue-eyed pop soul image. The backing band on Stewart's side include 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 & 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. [Stony Plain's 2005 reissue featured eight bonus tracks and new cover art.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2012
  • Label: Stony Plain Music
  • UPC: 772532131025
  • Catalog Number: 321310
  • Sales rank: 32,168

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Long John Baldry Primary Artist, 12-string Guitar
Elton John Organ, Piano
Alan Skidmore Tenor Saxophone
Lesley Duncan Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Choir Master
Tony Hazzard Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Sam Mitchell Dobro, Guitar, Slide Guitar
Doris Troy Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Ian Armitt Piano
Tony Burrows Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Kay Garner Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Dave Glover Bass
Roger Pope Drums
Caleb Quaye Guitar
Liza Strike Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Long John Baldry Composer
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
Dan Hersch Remastering
Bill Inglot Producer
Robert Johnson Composer
Tuli Kupferberg Composer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Sonny Terry Composer
Bernie Taupin Composer
Ed Thrasher Art Direction
Rick Conrad Reissue Producer
Daniel Hersch Remastering
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