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True Confessions: The Epic Sessions
     

True Confessions: The Epic Sessions

by Garland Jeffreys
 
In the '70s, Garland Jeffreys made a handful of albums that wowed critics without moving much merchandise (at least not in the United States), but that changed in 1981, when he signed with Epic Records and released Escape Artist, an album that fused his ambitious songwriting with tough but engaging rock & roll, giving his music an accessible feel without

Overview

In the '70s, Garland Jeffreys made a handful of albums that wowed critics without moving much merchandise (at least not in the United States), but that changed in 1981, when he signed with Epic Records and released Escape Artist, an album that fused his ambitious songwriting with tough but engaging rock & roll, giving his music an accessible feel without robbing it of its streetwise power. Escape Artist was the first of three albums Jeffreys would record for Epic, and True Confessions: The Epic Sessions brings them all together on two CDs. Escape Artist was that rare example of an album that managed to be a major artist's best and most popular work; Bob Clearmountain's production was clean but made the most of an outstanding studio band (anchored by members of Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band and Graham Parker's Rumour), and brought out the wiry rock & roll energy of great tunes like "R.O.C.K.," "Modern Lovers," and the epic "Mystery Kids." This set also features Escapades, a bonus EP included with early pressings of Escape Artist, and a pair of tracks recorded in London with Black Uhuru producer Dennis Bovell rank with Jeffreys' finest reggae material, especially the chilling "Miami Beach." Released in 1981, Rock & Roll Adult was a live album recorded on Jeffreys' tour in support of Escape Artist, with an expanded version of the Rumour backing him up. It features highlights from Escape Artist as well as fan favorites like "Matador" and "35 Millimeter Dreams," and while it lacks the precision of Jeffreys' studio work, both the frontman and his band work up a joyous sweat on these tracks, documenting a very combustible stage combination, especially on the extended closer, "Cool Down Boy." Issued in 1982, Guts for Love unfortunately winds up this set on a down note; the album was a good bit slicker than Escape Artist and featured a few dance-friendly tunes that were clearly written with airplay in mind, but lacked the smarts and dramatic tension of Jeffreys' best music. However, Jeffreys' vocals are in splendid shape, and a few songs like "American Backslide," "El Salvador," and the title cut confirm he could still deliver first-rate material. Even with the uneven Guts for Love, this is a fine collection of some of Jeffreys' best work, and given that Rock & Roll Adult has been out of print for years, this should be a welcome release for longtime Garland Jeffreys fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/18/2014
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
9398800037328
catalogNumber:
373
Rank:
107874

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Performance Credits

Garland Jeffreys   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Big Youth   Toaster
Linton Kwesi Johnson   Narrator
Adrian Belew   Bagpipes,Guitar
David Johansen   Guest Appearance
Lou Reed   Background Vocals
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone
David Sanborn   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Nona Hendryx   Guest Appearance
Jimmy Maelen   Percussion
Maria Vidal   Background Vocals
Robin Clark   Background Vocals
Dennis Bovell   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards
Gordon Grody   Background Vocals
Martin Belmont   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Roy Bittan   Piano
Eaton Blake   Bass
Andrew Bodnar   Bass
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Bob Clearmountain   Background Vocals
Dennis Davis   Percussion,Drums
Tyrone Downie   Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Clavinet,Roland Synthesizer
Larry Fast   Synthesizer,Piano
Danny Federici   Organ,Accordion
Steve Goulding   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Diana Grasselli   Background Vocals
Diva Gray   Background Vocals
Paul Griffin   Piano,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,fender rhodes
Lani Groves   Background Vocals
Webster Johnson   Percussion,Keyboards
John Kpiaye   Guitar
Tony Levin   Bass Guitar,Stick
Earl Lindo   Organ
Lou Marini   Horn Section
Hugh McCracken   Classical Guitar
Errol Melbourne   Drums
Seyoum Net Fa   Melodica
Alan Rubin   Horn Section
G.E. Smith   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Fuzz Bass
Brian Stanley   Bass
David Van Tieghem   Percussion,Marimbas
Alan Freedman   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Susan Blond   Guest Appearance
Arty Funero   Organ,Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Augustus "T" Tenyve   Trombone,Saxophone
Myriam Valle   Background Vocals
Brinsley Schwarz   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Stephen Goulding   Drums
Tom Malone   Horn Section
Patric "Zebulon" Tenyve   Flugelhorn
Lou Del Gato   Horn Section

Technical Credits

Garland Jeffreys   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,Original Liner Notes
Dennis Bovell   Producer
Gordon Grody   Vocal Arrangements
Robert Athas   Guitar Arrangements
Roy Bittan   Composer
Andrew Bodnar   Composer
Johnny Bristol   Composer
Vernon Bullock   Composer
Bob Clearmountain   Producer
Danny Federici   Composer
Harvey Fuqua   Composer
Steve Goulding   Composer
Howard Shore   Horn Arrangements
G.E. Smith   Composer
Rudy Martinez   Composer
Alan Freedman   Arranger,Composer
Michael Halsband   Original Photography
Anton Corbijn   Original Photography
Dick Wingate   Producer
Ian McFarlane   Liner Notes
Claire Youmans   Original Photography

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