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It Ain't Easy [Stony Plain Tracks]
     

It Ain't Easy [Stony Plain Tracks]

by Long John Baldry
 

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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

Overview

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.]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2012
Label:
Stony Plain Music
UPC:
0772532131025
catalogNumber:
321310
Rank:
34155

Tracks

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
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

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