Rickie Lee Jones

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
With her expressive soprano voice employing sudden alterations of volume and force, and her lyrical focus on Los Angeles street life, Rickie Lee Jones comes on like the love child of Laura Nyro and Tom Waits on her self-titled debut album. Given the population of colorful characters who may or may not be real people that populate her songs -- Chuck E., Bragger, Kid Sinister, and others -- she also might have had Bruce Springsteen in her bloodline (that is, the Springsteen of his first two albums), and her jazzbo sensibility suggests Mose Allison as a grandfather. Producers Lenny Waronker and Russ Titelman, who know all about assisting quirky singer/songwriters with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
With her expressive soprano voice employing sudden alterations of volume and force, and her lyrical focus on Los Angeles street life, Rickie Lee Jones comes on like the love child of Laura Nyro and Tom Waits on her self-titled debut album. Given the population of colorful characters who may or may not be real people that populate her songs -- Chuck E., Bragger, Kid Sinister, and others -- she also might have had Bruce Springsteen in her bloodline (that is, the Springsteen of his first two albums), and her jazzbo sensibility suggests Mose Allison as a grandfather. Producers Lenny Waronker and Russ Titelman, who know all about assisting quirky singer/songwriters with their visions, have brought in a studio full of master session musicians, many of them with jazz credentials, and apparently instructed them to follow Jones' stop-and-start, loud-and-soft vocalizing, then overdubbed string parts here and there. The music thus has a sprung rhythmic feel that follows the contours of Jones' impressionistic stories about scuffling people on the streets and in the bars. There is an undertow of melancholy that becomes more overt toward the end, as the narrator's friends and lovers clear out, leaving her "Standing on the corner/All alone," as she sings in the final song, "After Hours (Twelve Bars Past Goodnight)." It's a long way, if only 40 minutes or so, from the frolicsome opener, "Chuck E.'s in Love," which had concluded that he was smitten by "the little girl who's singin' this song." But then, the romance of the street is easily replaced by its loneliness. Rickie Lee Jones is an astounding debut album that simultaneously sounds like a synthesis of many familiar styles and like nothing that anybody's ever done before, and it heralds the beginning of a potentially important career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 075992738927
  • Catalog Number: 3296
  • Sales rank: 21,090

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rickie Lee Jones Primary Artist, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Dr. John Keyboards, Keyboards
Michael McDonald Vocals, Background Vocals
Randy Newman Synthesizer
Victor Feldman Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
Tom Scott Horn
Ralph Grierson Keyboards
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer
Red Callender Bass
Nick DeCaro Accordion
Howard "Buzz" Feiten Guitar
Chuck Findley Horn
Steve Gadd Drums
Randy Kerber Keyboards
Neil Larsen Keyboards
Arno Lucas Vocals, Background Vocals
Andy Newmark Drums
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Leslie Smith Vocals, Background Vocals
Mark Stevens Percussion, Drums
Fred Tackett Guitar, Mandolin
Joe Torano Vocals
Joe Turano Background Vocals
Ernie Watts Horn
Willie Weeks Bass, Bass Guitar
Matthew Weiner Vocals, Background Vocals
Mark Stevens Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Rickie Lee Jones Horn Arrangements
Lloyd Cliff Engineer
Nick DeCaro Orchestral Arrangements
Lee Herschberg Engineer, Mastering
Tom Knox Engineer
Johnny Mandel Orchestral Arrangements
Roger Nichols Engineer
Russ Titelman Producer
Lenny Waronker Producer
Mike Salisbury Art Direction, Cover Design
Loyd Clifft Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my favorites

    Hated ''Chuck E's in love'' when I heard it on the radio because I had no idea what her music was about. Got the cassette many years ago and have worn out 2 of them. I love her bluesy voice and her songs tell a story about the street. I feel lucky to have found something a little obscure, because I'm not good at that. I enjoy it as much as I did in the 80's when I first bought it. I think you'll like it if you like R&B and bluesy rock. Melinda

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