Settle for Love

Settle for Love

by Joe Ely
     
 

When Joe Ely left MCA for the first time after 1984's Hi-Res, he hid out for a few years before landing with Oakland blues and R&B label High Tone. It was a stretch for the label, and given Ely's new band, proved to be one for him as well. His Lubbock cum Austin country
ockabilly septet (which included Lloyd Maines, See more details below

Overview

When Joe Ely left MCA for the first time after 1984's Hi-Res, he hid out for a few years before landing with Oakland blues and R&B label High Tone. It was a stretch for the label, and given Ely's new band, proved to be one for him as well. His Lubbock cum Austin country
ockabilly septet (which included Lloyd Maines, Jesse Taylor, and Ponty Bone) had been honed to a quartet that was built around young guitar slinger David Grissom and played Texas-brand rock & roll. Settle for Love compiles ten tracks from Ely's two High Tone outings, 1987's Lord of the Highway and 1988's Dig All Night, and adds a couple of bonus cuts to round it out to 12. The five tracks from the former include the Spanish-flavored "Row of Dominoes," the studio versions of his road staples "Are You Listenin', Lucky?" and "Me & Billy the Kid," and the amazing "Letter to L.A." This latter song offers an interesting view of Ely in transition; one can hear the influences of Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp, with its epic length (for Ely), its winding guitar solo by Grissom, and the saxophone lines by guest Bobby Keys. Additionally, he wrote all but the title cut (by Butch Hancock). The five selections from Dig All Night are deeper in the rambling rock groove than its predecessor, as evidenced by its title track and the tough guitar crunch of "Settle for Love," with vocal backing by Rosie Flores and the Neptunes. The Springsteen/Mellencamp connection here is unmistakable, but Ely, despite his comparatively small recording budget, delivers the goods in spades, so much so that Grissom actually went on to join the Mellencamp band in the 1990s. These tracks are more cocksure and swaggering, and the touring Ely did behind these records in small venues all over the country displayed a rock & roll wildman who had something to prove. The final two numbers on this comp come from two disparate sources. First there is his version of Merle Haggard's "White Live Fever," done for Tulare Dust, a tribute to the songwriter, and then comes a duet with Flores on "Love and Danger" (the title of his return album for MCA) from her Once More With Feeling album. These are nice bonuses to be sure, but they were unnecessary; the real story lies in the power of Ely's music from his High Tone period.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/20/2004
Label:
Hightone Records
UPC:
0012928817226

Tracks

  1. Lord Of The Highway
  2. Me & Billy The Kid
  3. Letter To L.A.
  4. Are You Listenin' Lucky?
  5. Row Of Dominoes
  6. Silver City
  7. Settle For Love
  8. Dig All Night
  9. Rich Man, Poor Boy
  10. White Line Fever
  11. Love & Danger
  12. Maybe She'll Find Me
  13. My Baby Thinks She's French

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Ely   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Harmonium,Vocals
Rosie Flores   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Mitch Watkins   Keyboards,Background Vocals,Harmony
Skip Edwards   Keyboards
James Fenner   Percussion
David Grissom   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Harmony
James Intveld   Background Vocals
Bobby Keys   Saxophone
Greg Leisz   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Donald Lindley   Drums
Lloyd Maines   Steel Guitar
Davis McLarty   Percussion,Drums
Jimmy Pettit   Bass,Background Vocals,Harmony
Michael Ramos   Keyboards
Tammy Rogers   Fiddle
Dusty Wakeman   Bass
Glenn Fukunaga   Bass
Rosie Flores & the Neptunes   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Rosie Flores   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer
Butch Hancock   Composer
Joe Ely   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Mitch Watkins   Composer
Little Johnny Fader   Engineer
David Grissom   Arranger,Producer
Greg Leisz   Producer
Jason Ringenberg   Composer
Dusty Wakeman   Producer,Audio Production
Rob Patterson   Liner Notes

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