True Confessions: The Epic Sessions

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/18/2014
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • EAN: 9398800037328
  • Catalog Number: 373
  • Sales rank: 39,345

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Modern Lovers (3:59)
  2. 2 Christine (3:30)
  3. 3 Ghost of a Chance (2:50)
  4. 4 96 Tears (3:07)
  5. 5 Innocent (2:21)
  6. 6 True Confessions (4:33)
  7. 7 R.O.C.K. (3:50)
  8. 8 Graveyard Rock (4:37)
  9. 9 Mystery Kids (7:06)
  10. 10 Jump Jump (4:28)
  11. 11 Lover's Walk (4:37)
  12. 12 Christine (4:27)
  13. 13 Miami Beach (4:55)
  14. 14 We the People (4:25)
  15. 15 Escape Goat Dub (5:12)
  16. 16 Wild in the Streets (3:21)
  17. 17 96 Tears (3:29)
  18. 18 I May Not Be Your Kind (6:14)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Matador (4:42)
  2. 2 R.O.C.K (4:10)
  3. 3 35 Millimeter Dreams (4:06)
  4. 4 Bound to Get Ahead Someday (3:58)
  5. 5 Cool Down Boy (12:42)
  6. 6 Real Man (3:42)
  7. 7 Surrender (3:57)
  8. 8 Fidelity (4:24)
  9. 9 Rebel Love (3:07)
  10. 10 Dance Up (3:11)
  11. 11 Guts for Love (3:35)
  12. 12 Shout (5:07)
  13. 13 What Does it Take (to Win Your Love) (2:47)
  14. 14 Loneliness (3:48)
  15. 15 El Salvador (4:35)
  16. 16 American Backslide (3:51)
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Album Credits

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, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Fuzz Bass
Brian Stanley Bass
David Van Tieghem Percussion, Marimbas
Alan Freedman Acoustic Guitar, 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
Warren Barnett Mastering
Dick Wingate Producer
Ian McFarlane Liner Notes
Claire Youmans Original Photography
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