Places I Have Never Been [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After releasing a pair of fine albums for Arista, Willie Nile signed a deal with Geffen Records in 1982, but a dispute with the label put Nile's recording career in limbo, and he ended up not making an album until he struck a deal with Columbia and released Places I Have Never Been in 1991. While in many respects Nile's debut was the purest expression of his music, Places I Have Never Been is where he really nailed the elements of record making; unlike the lean, stark textures of Willie Nile or the overcooked bombast of Golden Down, Places I Have Never Been boasts a sound and an approach that really flatter Nile's songs, and it's certainly his most eclectic and musically ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After releasing a pair of fine albums for Arista, Willie Nile signed a deal with Geffen Records in 1982, but a dispute with the label put Nile's recording career in limbo, and he ended up not making an album until he struck a deal with Columbia and released Places I Have Never Been in 1991. While in many respects Nile's debut was the purest expression of his music, Places I Have Never Been is where he really nailed the elements of record making; unlike the lean, stark textures of Willie Nile or the overcooked bombast of Golden Down, Places I Have Never Been boasts a sound and an approach that really flatter Nile's songs, and it's certainly his most eclectic and musically adventurous major-label set. T-Bone Wolk and Stewart Lerman produced the album with Nile, and though there's a bit more polish on these tracks than they really need, the team also matched up Nile with some stellar studio players (as well as some Grade-A guest stars, among them Roger McGuinn and Richard Thompson), and they fill out Nile's arrangements with a lot more finesse than on his previous sets. Nile also delivered a set of terrific songs for this album, and he rarely sounded as joyous as on the title cut and "That's Enough for Me," as edgy and expressive as on "Café Memphis" and "Children of Paradise," and as passionate as on "Heaven Help the Lonely," which sounds like the hit single Nile deserved but never got. Nile's luck with Columbia proved to be no better than he had with Arista, and his next release would be financed on his own dime and released by his own label, but that doesn't change the fact that Places I Have Never Been is a solid and beautifully crafted record from a gifted songwriter who also knows how to rock on out, and shows both these talents to his advantage on this disc. [In 2009, Willie Nile reissued Places I Have Never Been in an expanded edition through River House Records. The new release includes early demo versions of three songs from the album, "Café Memphis," "Heaven Help the Lonely," and "Renegades," and while they lack the polish of the takes that made it to the final album, the arrangements follow similar paths and reveal that Nile's vision for this album was clearly formed long before he went into the studio. The disc closes out with a rough but fiery live recording of "Don't Die"; it generates enough excitement that one hopes an album of vintage Willie Nile concert tapes is in the works somewhere. The bonus cuts may not be quite enough by themselves to convince longtime fans to replace their aging copies of Places I Have Never Been, but considering how long the album has been out of print, anyone who's looking for it now can have it with a bonus at a reasonable price, and that's the fate this fine disc deserves.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/2009
  • Label: Megaforce
  • UPC: 020286132127
  • Catalog Number: 61321
  • Sales rank: 152,834

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Willie Nile Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Loudon Wainwright III Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Richard Thompson Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Joy Askew Keyboards, Background Vocals
Clay Barnes Guitar, Background Vocals
Eric Bazilian Mandolin, Vocals
Larry Campbell Fiddle
Dean Chamberlain Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Mickey Curry Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jay Dee Daugherty Drums
Rick DiFonzo Guitar
Rob Hyman Accordion
Stewart Lerman Organ, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Robbie McIntosh Guitar
Roger McGuinn Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Suzzy Roche Background Vocals
Steuart Smith Guitar, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Brian Stanley Bass
Paul "Wix" Wickens Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
William Wittman Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Peter Wood Piano, Keyboards
Terre Roche Background Vocals
Danny Louis Keyboards
Anthony Aquilato Background Vocals
James Cobb Background Vocals
JoJo Joonan Background Vocals
Kelly Moore Background Vocals
Mel Papaterpos Background Vocals
Atticus Finch Organ
Frank Velardi Drums
T-Bone Wolk Organ, Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Peter Hoffman Guitar
Robert Noonan Background Vocals
Richard Kennedy Guitar
Mary Noonan Background Vocals
Luke Noonan Piano, Vocals
Jennifer Krause Background Vocals
Mark Johnson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Willie Nile Producer, Audio Production
John Agnello Engineer
Dean Chamberlain Producer, drum programming, Audio Production
Rick Chertoff Executive Producer
Tim Leitner Engineer
Stewart Lerman Producer
George Marino Mastering
William Wittman Producer, Engineer
Danny Louis drum programming, Audio Production
Ted Trewhella Engineer
T-Bone Wolk Producer
Deborah Maniaci Art Direction
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