It Ain't Easy [Warner Bonus Tracks]

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
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: 9/27/2005
  • Label: Rhino/Wea Uk
  • UPC: 081227846428
  • Catalog Number: 278464

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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Where is my CD???

    I am still waiting for this CD to arrive and yet you have the audacity to ask me to review it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If I could give it 10 stars I would

    A long time in coming. I've been waiting years for this to come out on disk. My tape, made from my well-worn and scratchy vinyl, is nearly in shreds. Just look at the producers--one side Elton John, the other Rod Stewart--and this in their heyday. Brilliant, hard-driving rock 'n' roll and great R&B.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Classic

    I remember being blown away by this album when it first came out. It's nice to see it re-released, especially with Long John's passing away in Summer '05. It's worth the price for "Conditional Discharge/Don't Try to Lay No Boogie Woogie on the King of Rock and Roll" and Baldry's redition of "Flying". Of course, all the tracks are good, and the bonus tracks are icing on the cake.

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