Moving Out to the Country

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All Music Guide - J. Scott McClintock
Squeeze founder, keyboard pounder and celebrity hounder Jools Holland succeeds in packing another of his big-band albums with well-executed tunes and Walk of Fame cameos on Moving Out to the Country, his big-band stab at traditional country. As a guy who has explored every traditional, piano-driven style in music, Holland is more than qualified to apply his considerable technique and slick big band to country standards -- that's not a problem. The question is "Do these country standards really need this kind of treatment?" Moving Out to the Country is no train wrecked collection of songs -- it's not bad by any means -- it's just odd, and that odd factor comes from ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Scott McClintock
Squeeze founder, keyboard pounder and celebrity hounder Jools Holland succeeds in packing another of his big-band albums with well-executed tunes and Walk of Fame cameos on Moving Out to the Country, his big-band stab at traditional country. As a guy who has explored every traditional, piano-driven style in music, Holland is more than qualified to apply his considerable technique and slick big band to country standards -- that's not a problem. The question is "Do these country standards really need this kind of treatment?" Moving Out to the Country is no train wrecked collection of songs -- it's not bad by any means -- it's just odd, and that odd factor comes from two things. Foremost, the big-band arrangements that work so well in a jazzy or bluesy milieu add little to these rarefied country numbers, mostly succeeding in sounding competently busy at their best and, at their worst, a bit overblown. Not at all bad, mind, just a few paces out of step with these largely intimate tunes. Everything here swings, for better or worse -- save for the two Tom Jones numbers that, inexplicably, drop the big-band ball if you've got a big band and you've got Tom Jones, wouldn't you want to let him tear it up? Well, it doesn't happen here. Instead, there's India.Arie hollering all over "Georgia on My Mind" or Lulu belting out "She'll Have to Go" over a tepid backdrop of Late Show house band slickness. The other odd factor comes from the slight creative missteps that occur when the wrong celebrity-cameo-singer meets classic-country-song-of-all-time. Case in point with a happy ending is Bob Geldof's stab at Kristofferson's "For the Good Times." Geldof convulses throughout, and it is such a bizarre reading/coupling that the song begs three or four additional listenings, simply out of sheer, bewildered fascination. Geldof does redeem himself and Kristofferson with his much better reading of the superb "The Pilgrim." Here Geldof slides into a more Leonard Cohen, talk-singing delivery that better suits his own voice, as well as the material but a song as strong as "The Pilgrim" could hold up to anyone's interpretation, so there's that. There's also Marc Almond's weird turn with "Games People Play," which succeeds in instilling that same feeling of bewildered fascination, but without the replay value. Odd moments, couplings, and dropped-balls aside, there are some times when Holland and his big band hit the mark. Not surprisingly, it's Holland's own vocal takes that seem the most at home. "Boogie Woogie Country Girl" gets the whole band into gear -- horns and all -- and Holland' rambunctious left hand helps bring this rocker to a full boil. "Rocket to the Moon" amps things up even more with an arrangement so freewheeling and complex that it nearly matches Roy Wood's "Rattlesnake Roll" in intensity and craftsmanship. These hefty, rollicking numbers really show off the big band in the best light but, when things cool down and the arrangements get sparse, some of that much-needed intimacy creeps in. Louise Claire Marshall's lovely "Sweet Dreams" is a real winner, and makes you wonder why they didn't do the whole album like this. Great piano work and an admirably restrained vocal take serve this song well, and probably would have worked wonderfully for every tune on the record. Lulu's helming of "I Can't Stop Loving You" proves to be way more reserved than her swaggering and overblown "She'll Have to Go," and only adds fuel to the should've-done-the-whole-album-like-this fire. Brian Eno does his dramatic, slow-builder thing on "Dreaming My Dreams with You" and seems to be channeling his Channel Light Vessel-ing bro Roger in the vocal department -- not very "country", but nice. Holland and Dr. John share bandmembers and vocals on the alternately eerie, swaggering and rousing "Dead Hosts Welcome" and their two decidedly unique voices work surprisingly well against each other. Mark Knopfler has done this kind of thing before with his Notting Hillbillies and turns in a comfortable "You Win Again" to prove it, and KT Tunstall and Richard Hawley slide just as easily into Holland's country vibe on their respective tracks. It's not a bad outing and, barring some creative missteps, Moving Out to the Country is a well put together collection that may not satisfy the purists but does a good job for the rest.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/26/2006
  • Label: Wea Int'l
  • UPC: 825646416622
  • Catalog Number: 464166
  • Sales rank: 113,874

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Darkness on the Face of the Earth - KT Tunstall (3:49)
  2. 2 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Richard Hawley (4:22)
  3. 3 Moving Out to the Country - Jools Holland (4:48)
  4. 4 She'll Have to Go - Lulu (3:53)
  5. 5 For the Good Times - Jools Holland (3:42)
  6. 6 Georgia on My Mind - India.Arie (3:44)
  7. 7 Dreaming My Dreams With You - Brian Eno (3:25)
  8. 8 You Win Again - Mark Knopfler (3:06)
  9. 9 Misty Blue - Jools Holland (3:52)
  10. 10 I Wish I Was 18 Again - Tom Jones (3:08)
  11. 11 Sweet Dreams - Louise Claire Marshall (2:52)
  12. 12 Games People Play - Jools Holland (3:15)
  13. 13 Boogie Woogie Country Girl (2:10)
  14. 14 Take These Chains from My Heart - Jools Holland (3:21)
  15. 15 Rocket to the Moon (2:35)
  16. 16 It Ain't Gonna Worry My Mind - Ruby Turner (2:57)
  17. 17 Friends Not Lovers - Tom Jones (2:45)
  18. 18 I Can't Stop Loving You - Lulu (3:40)
  19. 19 Dead Hosts Welcome - Jools Holland (3:57)
  20. 20 Feel Like Going Home - Sam Brown (2:35)
  21. 21 The Pilgrim - Jools Holland (4:12)
  22. 22 Where Do I Go from Here (2:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra Primary Artist
Jools Holland Indexed Contributor, Piano, Vocals
David Barard Bass
Herman V. Ernest III Drums
Roger Goslyn Trombone
Laurie Latham Percussion
Gilson Lavis Drums
Nick Lunt Baritone Saxophone
Mick Talbot Hammond Organ
Winston Rollins Trombone
Fayyaz Virji Trombone
John Fohl Guitar
Candy Burke Background Vocals
Rico Rodriguez Trombone
Blue Miller Guitar
Luke Bullen Drums
David McAlmont Background Vocals
Jon Scott Trumpet
Billie Godfrey Background Vocals
Jason McDermid Trumpet
Bryan Chambers Background Vocals
Louise Claire Marshall Background Vocals
Ron Burrow Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Mellotron
Chris Storr Trumpet
Simon Finch Trumpet
Phil Veacock Saxophone
Dave Swift Bass
Lisa Grahame Saxophone
Helen McRobbie Background Vocals
Christopher Holland Glockenspiel, Harpsichord, Hammond Organ
Margo Buchanan Background Vocals
Derek Nash Saxophone
Technical Credits
Don Gibson Composer
Kris Kristofferson Composer
Willie Nelson Composer
Charlie Rich Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Jools Holland Composer
Joe South Composer
Jon Astley Mastering
Joe Allison Composer
Henry Glover Composer
Hy Heath Composer
Laurie Latham Producer, Engineer
Richard Leigh Composer
Doc Pomus Composer
Allen Reynolds Composer
Fred Rose Composer
Sonny Throckmorton Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Stuart Gorrell Composer
Bobby Montgomery Composer
Jon Scott Horn Arrangements
Lois Mann Composer
Audrey Allison Composer
Reginald Ashby Composer
Paul Loasby Management
Matt Lawrence Engineer
Ron Burrow Engineer
Phil Veacock Horn Arrangements
Christabel Holland Cover Design
Derek Nash Horn Arrangements
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