Pirates

Pirates

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by Rickie Lee Jones
     
 

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After the critical (and commercial) success of her debut two years earlier, Rickie Lee Jones had a lot riding on her sophomore album, Pirates. From the opening track, "We Belong Together," Jones served notice that she was willing to challenge herself and experiment with more unusual, complex song structures. Her unique phrasing and style reflect her interest inSee more details below

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After the critical (and commercial) success of her debut two years earlier, Rickie Lee Jones had a lot riding on her sophomore album, Pirates. From the opening track, "We Belong Together," Jones served notice that she was willing to challenge herself and experiment with more unusual, complex song structures. Her unique phrasing and style reflect her interest in beat poets and the bohemian lifestyle, and on this album she relies on more obscure imagery than the direct, detailed observations on comrades used on her first album. There are a wide range of musical influences represented (rock, jazz, soul), but the acoustic arrangements are more piano-based than most of her other albums. While there is an undercurrent of reflection on failed romances, Jones also reveals her playful side with songs like "Woody and Dutch." The musical and lyrical variety on the album is best represented in the album's centerpiece, "Pirates (So Long Lonely Avenue)," where she moves through mood and tempo changes with ease. Although the songs may not immediately grab the listener, the lyrical and musical complexities ultimately make this album more rewarding with every listen.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0075992343220
catalogNumber:
3432
Rank:
71962

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rickie Lee Jones   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Donald Fagen   Synthesizer
Victor Feldman   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Rob Mounsey   Synthesizer
David Sanborn   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Tom Scott   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Sal Bernardi   Harmonica,Vocals
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
Randy Brecker   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Howard "Buzz" Feiten   Guitar
Russell Ferrante   Keyboards
Steve Gadd   Percussion,Drums,Box
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Horn
David Kalish   Guitar
Randy Kerber   Keyboards
Neil Larsen   Keyboards
Arno Lucas   Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Lukather   Guitar
Clarence McDonald   Keyboards
Dean Parks   Guitar
Art Rodriguez   Drums
Leslie Smith   Vocals,Background Vocals
Joe Torano   Vocals
Joe Turano   Background Vocals
Leslie Collman-Smith   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Rickie Lee Jones   Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements
Ralph Burns   Orchestral Arrangements
Nick DeCaro   Orchestral Arrangements
Ken Deane   Engineer
Lee Herschberg   Engineer,Mastering
Mark Linett   Engineer
Elliot Scheiner   Engineer
Russ Titelman   Producer
Lenny Waronker   Producer
Mike Salisbury   Cover Design
Loyd Clifft   Engineer
Steve Ettinger   Engineer
Margaret Gwynne   Engineer
Stuart Gitlin   Engineer
Rob LoVerde   Mastering

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