Road to Ensenada

Road to Ensenada

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by Lyle Lovett
     
 

Since Pontiac, Lyle Lovett has been experimenting with different sounds, whether it was the big band posturing of Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, the gospel overtones of Joshua Judges Ruth, or the '70s singer/songwriter flourishes of I Love Everybody. With The Road to Ensenada, he hunkers down and produces his most straightforwardSee more details below

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Since Pontiac, Lyle Lovett has been experimenting with different sounds, whether it was the big band posturing of Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, the gospel overtones of Joshua Judges Ruth, or the '70s singer/songwriter flourishes of I Love Everybody. With The Road to Ensenada, he hunkers down and produces his most straightforward album since Pontiac. As it happens, it is also his best record since that breakthrough album. Lovett strips the sound of the album down to the bare country essentials, allowing it to drift into Western swing, country-rock, folk, and honky tonk when necessary. He also decides to balance his weightier material ("Private Conversation," "Who Loves You Better," "It Ought to Be Easier," "I Can't Love You Anymore," "Christmas Morning") with fun, lighthearted numbers like "Don't Touch My Hat," "Fiona," and "That's Right (You're Not From Texas)," which are funny without being silly. In fact, The Road to Ensenada is the lightest album Lyle Lovett has ever made -- the darkness that hung around the fringes of Pontiac, Joshua Judges Ruth, and I Love Everybody has drifted away, leaving his wry sense of humor and a newly found empathetic sentimentality. The combination of straightforward instrumentation and lean, catchy, and incisive songwriting results in one of the best albums of his career -- he's just as eclectic and off-handedly brilliant as he has always been, but on The Road to Ensenada he's more focused and less flashy about his own talent than he's ever been.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/18/1996
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008811140922
catalogNumber:
11409

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lyle Lovett   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Chris Hillman   Vocal Harmony
Jackson Browne   Vocal Harmony
Shawn Colvin   Vocal Harmony
Randy Newman   Vocals
Matt Rollings   Piano
Valerie Carter   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Sweet Pea Atkinson   Baritone (Vocal)
Don Potter   Acoustic Guitar,spanish guitar
Harry Bowens   Baritone (Vocal)
Luis Conte   Percussion,Tambourine,Shaker
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Chuck Findley   Trombone,Trumpet
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar
Gary Herbig   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Russ Kunkel   Drums,Shaker
Kate Markowitz   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Herb Pedersen   Vocal Harmony
Arnold McCuller   Background Vocals,Tenor (Vocal),Vocal Harmony
Willie Green   Bass (Vocal)
Leland Sklar   Bass
Greg Adams   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Lyle Lovett   Producer
Billy Williams   Producer,Horn Arrangements
Nathaniel Kunkel   Engineer
Doug Sax   Mastering
Greg Adams   Orchestration
Tim Stedman   Art Direction
Jonas Livingston   Art Direction

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