Ten Easy Pieces

Ten Easy Pieces

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by Jimmy Webb
     
 

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The idea of releasing a collection of Jimmy Webb's best known songs sung by the author himself may seem like a no-brainer, but it's taken 20+ years for it to happen, apparently mostly because Webb needed to put some distance between himself and most of these numbers, in order to approach them in a fresh manner that makes this disc more than a mere exploitation effort.

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The idea of releasing a collection of Jimmy Webb's best known songs sung by the author himself may seem like a no-brainer, but it's taken 20+ years for it to happen, apparently mostly because Webb needed to put some distance between himself and most of these numbers, in order to approach them in a fresh manner that makes this disc more than a mere exploitation effort. The result is the best and most accessible of all Webb's albums, featuring his 1990s' takes on "Galveston," "By The Time I Get to Phoenix," "Didn't We," "MacArthur Park," "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress," "Wichita Lineman," and "All I Know," amongst others. His voice is more expressive than ever, and the performances are generally grittier, with more raw emotion than the better known hit versions display. The arrangements are generally very simple and straightforward, with Webb's piano the primary instrument, and several of the songs are performed in a deeply personal manner, more akin to home recording for Webb's own pleasure than to a commercial release -- "Wichita Lineman," in particular, sounds here like the most personal and private of performances, filled with wrenching loneliness at which the Glen Campbell version only hints. The notes are very personal and revealing as well.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/15/1996
Label:
Emi Mod Afw
UPC:
0724385282621
catalogNumber:
52826
Rank:
13652

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Webb   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals
Marc Cohn   Background Vocals
Shawn Colvin   Background Vocals
Michael McDonald   Background Vocals
David Hetherington   Cello
Audrey King   Cello
Steven MacKinnon   Accordion
Matthew McCauley   Background Vocals
Fred Mollin   Acoustic Guitar,Autoharp,Background Vocals
Dean Parks   Guitar
Oliver Schroer   Fiddle
Susan Webb   Background Vocals
Lesley Young   Oboe
Paul Widner   Cello
Pat Perez   Soprano Saxophone
Steve Smith   Pedal Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Jimmy Webb   Contributor,Liner Notes
Bill Harwell   Engineer
Jay Landers   Executive Producer
Matthew McCauley   String Arrangements
Fred Mollin   Producer
Jeff Wolpert   Engineer
Brian Nevin   Engineer
Glen Marchese   Engineer
Robert Abriola   Art Direction

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Ten Easy Pieces 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
DreamcatcherKM More than 1 year ago
After hearing one of the pieces on this CD on the radio, I immediately ordered it and have not been disappointed. Although all of the pieces are familiar, none are mundane. The vocals are accompanied with extraordinary piano background using novel chord progressions that cause the listener to pay attention. Several of the tunes on the CD were made popular years ago by Glen Cambell, but this is definitely not done in country style. The sound is sophisticated and Webb's voice clarifies the words making the listener stop and realize the real meaning on each song. Galveston, the first piece on the CD, should cause emotion to rise in most listeners. This CD is a deinite favorite and I look forward to finding others of this type.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A beautiful album. It's wonderful to hear a songwriter offer their own insight into their own music. A simple emphasis on a word here or there, different phrasing, can make one appreciate the song all the more. I enjoyed every track on this album. Do yourself a favor, buy it.
ThomasDC More than 1 year ago
Of all the important songwriters (and those who could sing) of the '60's Jimmy Webb is arguably my favorite. While others during that era tuned into folk, psychadelic, r&b; Jimmy remained true to "pop" standards. Perhaps that is why much of his music still endures to this day, as does Rogers and Hart, Berlin and Porter. It is lyrically witty and musically complex. I own all of his early works, but this is a stand out. It is just Jimmy, piano, some additional musicians playing just the hits. His voice is pure, the album is delight. I would love to see him do a part 2, with some lesser known songs of his, such as "Magic Garden", "Summer's Daughter", "Watermark", etc. If you want to own one album by Webb, this would be the one, the singer and his songs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago