Quiet About It: A Tribute To Jesse Winchester

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
To many, Jesse Winchester is still best known for his ideals rather than his music -- in 1967, rather than join the military and fight in Vietnam, he emigrated to Canada, and spent most of the '70s as an exile of conscience. If Winchester had been a protest singer in the manner of Phil Ochs, this might have made him a hero, but his songs rarely reflected his political views, and instead were compact, painterly meditations on life in the South and the mysteries of life and love (though his physical and emotional distance from his birthplace in Memphis certainly provided a powerful subtext to his music of the '70s). If Winchester's music never quite clicked with a mass ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
To many, Jesse Winchester is still best known for his ideals rather than his music -- in 1967, rather than join the military and fight in Vietnam, he emigrated to Canada, and spent most of the '70s as an exile of conscience. If Winchester had been a protest singer in the manner of Phil Ochs, this might have made him a hero, but his songs rarely reflected his political views, and instead were compact, painterly meditations on life in the South and the mysteries of life and love (though his physical and emotional distance from his birthplace in Memphis certainly provided a powerful subtext to his music of the '70s). If Winchester's music never quite clicked with a mass audience due to his inability to tour the United States during the '70s or the shifting tides of popular taste, he's long been a favorite among his fellow songwriters, and 11 noted performers interpret some of Winchester's best songs on Quiet About It: A Tribute to Jesse Winchester. Quiet About It is that rare tribute album that gives each artist room to find their own musical personality in these songs, while the 11 tracks still cohere into a whole that reveals the depth and lyricism of Winchester's work. This hardly represents every worthwhile tune in his songbook, but the 11 here are all winners, and the songs bring out the best in the artists. Lyle Lovett (who was clearly influenced by Winchester's vocal style) finds every bit of sad beauty in "Brand New Tennessee Waltz," Vince Gill brings just the right swagger to "Talk Memphis," Allen Toussaint's version of "I Wave Bye Bye" is lovely and heartfelt, Lucinda Williams is all rough-hewn grace on "Mississippi You're On My Mind," and Elvis Costello's lo-fi take on "Quiet About It" is stylistically bold but true to the song's nature. James Taylor gives one of his best and liveliest performances in ages with his cocksure version of "Payday," and Jimmy Buffett (who spearheaded the project) reminds us that he was a gifted singer before he discovered how well singing about aquatic alcoholism could pay with a sharp take on "Gentleman of Leisure." Quiet About It came about when Winchester revealed he'd been diagnosed with esophageal cancer, and the artists involved banded together as a show of support (and to generate some songwriting royalties); thankfully, by the time the album appeared, Winchester was in remission, and this splendid celebration of an underappreciated talent arrived while the man who inspired it is still around to take a bow. If you don't know Winchester's work, Quiet About It is a sure convincer of his talents as a songwriter, and if you're a fan, you'll revel in some top-notch interpretations of his songs. Either way, Quiet About It is a must, and one of the finest tribute albums of recent memory.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2012
  • Label: Mailboat Records
  • UPC: 698268700017
  • Catalog Number: 7000
  • Sales rank: 6,133

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Payday - James Taylor (3:08)
  2. 2 Biloxi - Rosanne Cash (3:23)
  3. 3 Gentleman of Leisure - Jimmy Buffett (4:36)
  4. 4 I Wave Bye Bye - Allen Toussaint Harris (3:33)
  5. 5 Talk Memphis - Vince Gill (4:28)
  6. 6 Defying Gravity - Mac McAnally (3:56)
  7. 7 Brand New Tennessee Waltz - Lyle Lovett (3:52)
  8. 8 Mississippi You're On My Mind - Lucinda Williams (4:25)
  9. 9 Dangerous Fun - Vince Gill (3:35)
  10. 10 Rhumba Man - Little Feat (5:52)
  11. 11 Quiet About It - Elvis Costello (3:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rosanne Cash Vocals
Rodney Crowell Guitar, Vocals
Emmylou Harris Vocals
Al Anderson Background Vocals
Jimmy Buffett Vocals
Elvis Costello Bass, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals, Piano (Grand)
Lyle Lovett Guitar, Vocals
James Taylor Guitar, Vocals
Lucinda Williams Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Chad Wackerman Drums
Paul Barrére Vocals
Eric Darken Percussion
Sonny Landreth Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Brian Ahern Bass
Mike Brignardello Bass
Pat Buchanan Electric Guitar
Luke Bulla Fiddle, Vocal Harmony
Vince Gill Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Wally Ingram Percussion
Viktor Krauss Bass
Russ Kunkel Drums
John Leventhal Bass, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards
Mac McAnally Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Greg Morrow Drums
David Sutton Bass
Shane Theriot Guitar
Allen Toussaint Piano, Vocals
Craig Fuller Vocals
Tony Harrel Keyboards
RIck DePofi Horn
Doug Pettibone Electric Guitar
Keith Sewell Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Vocal Harmony
Butch Norton Drums
Jenny Gill Background Vocals
Jimmy Johnson Bass
Tom Lauer Keyboards
Technical Credits
Sam Bush Engineer
Jimmy Buffett Executive Producer
Elvis Costello Producer
Little Feat Engineer
Lyle Lovett Producer
Paul Barrére Producer
Howard Burke Engineer
Larry Campbell Engineer
Donivan Cowart Engineer
Jim DeMain Mastering
Nathaniel Kunkel Producer, Engineer
John Leventhal Producer, Engineer
Mac McAnally Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer
Justin Niebank Engineer
Dave O'Donnell Producer, Engineer
Bill Payne Producer
Allen Toussaint Producer
Craig Fuller Engineer
Drew Emmitt Engineer
Drew Bollman Engineer
Bill Flanagan Liner Notes
Eric Liljestrand Producer, Engineer
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
RIck DePofi Engineer
Teresa Williams Engineer
Tom Overby Producer
Paul Silveira Engineer
Gary Bowden Engineer
Luis A. Rojas Engineer
Matt Rausch Engineer
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