For the Good Times

For the Good Times

by The Little Willies
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For the Good Times

The Little Willies took six years to deliver a second album, but For the Good Times sounds like it could have been cut the same afternoon as their 2006 debut. This is by no means a bad thing. The primary pleasure of the Little Willies, the uptown country cabaret covers band fronted by Norah Jones, is their ease, how they can take tunes everybody knows by heart and not so much reinterpret them as freshen them, pulling them ever so slightly toward the jazzier side. Apart from a couple of song selections -- and ones that come close to the beginning of the album, too, as it opens with Ralph Stanley's "I Worship You" and Scotty Wiseman's "Remember Me" -- there's nothing unexpected here, but For the Good Times doesn't feel lazy; it's cozy and comfortable, a warm bath of an album. Generally, For the Good Times rambles along at a relaxed pace, which makes the quickening pulse of "Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves" all the more prominent, but for as easy-rolling as this is, there is variety here -- "Fist City" is spirited, "Wide Open Road" provides some barreling good humor, "Jolene" is spare and affecting -- which is just enough to keep For the Good Times colorful and quietly engaging.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/10/2012
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 5099973015529
catalogNumber: 30155

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Little Willies   Primary Artist
Richard Julian   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Dan Rieser   Drums,Background Vocals
Jim Campilongo   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Norah Jones   Piano,Vocals
Rob Moose   Strings
Lee Alexander   Bass,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ralph Stanley   Composer
Johnny Cash   Composer
Lefty Frizzell   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Loretta Lynn   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Dolly Parton   Composer
Quincy Jones   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Cliff Friend   Composer
Jim Campilongo   Composer
Tom Schick   Engineer
Frank Harkins   Art Direction
Jim Beck   Composer
Cal Martin   Composer
O. Jones   Composer
C. Friend   Composer
Scott Wiseman   Composer
Lee Alexander   Producer
Marie Roberts   Artwork

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For the Good Times 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great collaboration, a lot of fun to listen to; great song selection and great interpretations of said songs.
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