Joshua Judges Ruth

Joshua Judges Ruth

by Lyle Lovett
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Joshua Judges Ruth

While Lyle Lovett and His Large Band wasn't a massive chart hit, it was successful enough to establish an audience for Lovett outside the boundaries of the country market, and 1992's Joshua Judges Ruth found Lovett seemingly free to follow his muse wherever it cared to go. Joshua Judges Ruth only bore the faintest glimmers of Lovett's country leanings (notable exception: "She's Leaving Me Because She Really Wants To"), and more surprisingly it suggested he was also moving away from the broad-shouldered jazz and blues accidents that dominated much of Pontiac and Large Band. Compared to his previous work, Joshua Judges Ruth sounds startlingly spare -- producer and engineer George Massenburg brings a clear and keenly detailed sound to these sessions that allows all the details of the low-key arrangements to be heard, and "She's Already Made Up Her Mind," "Baltimore," and "Family Reserve" seem to have been recorded with this in mind. The songs also reflect a shift toward more serious and introspective themes for Lovett; outside of the gospel-influenced "Church" and the easygoing "She Makes Me Feel Good," his trademark humor is conspicuous in its absence, and loss, loneliness, and heartbreak dominate the lyrics. While the craft of Joshua Judges Ruth ranks with the finest work of Lovett's career, its spare and sober surfaces aren't especially engaging, and it's the sort of album fans are more likely to admire than embrace with pleasure.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/1998
Label: Digital Sound
UPC: 0710215443027
catalogNumber: 4430

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lyle Lovett   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Emmylou Harris   Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Leo Kottke   Acoustic Guitar
Edgar Meyer   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Rickie Lee Jones   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Willis Alan Ramsey   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Matt Rollings   Organ,Piano,Hammond Organ
Billy Williams   Guitar,Trombone,Electric Guitar
Sweet Pea Atkinson   Background Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
Harry Bowens   Background Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Kevin Dorsey   Bass,Bass (Vocal),Vocals,Background Vocals
John Hagen   Cello
Kathy Hazzard   Background Vocals,Soprano (Vocal)
Ray Herndon   Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Dan Higgins   Alto Saxophone
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Jay Dee Maness   Guitar,Steel Guitar
Arnold McCutler   Vocals
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
Francine Reed   Vocals,Alto (Vocal)
Johnny Lee Schell   Electric Guitar
Greg Smith   Baritone Saxophone
Arnold McCuller   Tenor (Vocal)
Leland Sklar   Bass
Larry Williams   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Lyle Lovett   Composer,Producer
Billy Williams   Arranger,Producer
Steve Holroyd   Engineer
Nathaniel Kunkel   Engineer
George Massenburg   Producer,Engineer
Marnie Riley   Engineer
Tim Stedman   Art Direction
Jonas Livingston   Art Direction
Noel Hazel   Engineer
Gil Morales   Engineer

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