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Rickie Lee Jones

Rickie Lee Jones Audio CD
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1. Chuck E.'s In Love
2. On Saturday Afternoons In 1963
3. Night Train
4. Young Blood
5. Easy Money
6. Last Chance Texaco
7. Danny's All-star Joint
8. Coolsville
9. Weasel and The White Boys Cool
10. Company
11. After Hours (Twelve Bars Past Goodnight)

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The breezy melodies and jazz stylings of Rickie Lee Jones's debut album are usually found in the works of more mature pop artists. It's only the exuberance of Jones's often cackling voice that reminds you that a 23-year-old is at the controls. And Jones's "little girl lost" perspective, while hanging out in mid-1970s Los Angeles with neo-Beat songwriters-barroom troubadours Tom Waits and Chuck E. Weiss, makes for colorful storytelling. In fact, her tale about Weiss, "Chuck E.'s in Love," hit the Top 10. But there's a lot more elegant stuff here: "Last Chance Texaco" is a soaring ballad about automobiles and broken hearts, and the Sinatra-esque "After Hours" features a lonely Jones singing to a lamppost. --Bill Crandall

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Critics struggled to categorize Rickie as her 1979 debut soared to #3; they'd never be able to. She slithers from jazz to R&B to folk as you hear her hits Chuck E.'s in Love and Young Blood plus Coolsville; Easy Money , and more!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Still great after a quarter of a century! June 16 2004
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Rickie Lee Jones put together a warm debut album filled with fun, playful, personal songs and expert musicianship that has stood the test of time extremely well. My favorite songs on it are "Chuck E.'s in Love," "Last Chance Texaco," "Danny's All-Star Joint," "Coolsville" and "Willy and the White Boys Cool." I'm no die-hard RLJ fan. She's made some albums that I've bought and managed to ignore. Others I've loved, most notably her early work: Pirates, The Magazine and Girl at Her Volcano, but her debut is still so fresh, fun and accessible that if it had never existed before and were released tomorrow, it would still find a large and adoring audience. In this era of carbon copy telegenic pop princesses with little or no songwriting talent and no genuine soul, backed up by their bevy of dancers, rappers and video producers, you've got to buy this simple album filled with great songs. It's a pop music masterpiece!
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I bought this gem way back in the late 70's and it stood out
like the shiny diamond it was and this collection just summed
up all the great strengths and styles of Ricki. Even though she went
on to make some very compelling music(Pirates, the follow up was brilliant but withdrawn to me, I only played when I was alone at home), but it was still her
other standout. Nothing in my opinion
Ricki did after these first two albums were as superior, especially this first one!
It was such a mature effort for a 1st collection it took everybody by surprise, fans that loved great women singers/musicians hadn't heard anything quite like this
for years, not since the sophisticated earthy talents of Joni Mitchell, Phoebe Snow, Bonnie Raitt & Laura Nyro in the early to mid 70's. Ricki had a nice bohemian street-smart-finger popping-cool mixed with some beautiful piano laments. I also recall
how much I enjoyed Phoebe Snows debut, like Ricki, she had her
one and only hit song from the 1st collection. Great stuff to
revisit, just as relevant as anything out today. Another fine
example of quality music from this period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True American Original July 8 2003
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Rickie Lee's self-titled debut album is essential listening for anyone who considers themselves a fan of jazz, female singer-songwriters, or plain old good music.
When this album hit the marketplace at the tail end of the 70's it was truly an oasis in what had become a rather boring era of music. Punk and disco had both burned themselves out, and the California singer/songwriter movement was on its last leg. There wasn't anything that could be considered "fresh" on the radio. And then, out of nowhere, came "Chuck E's In Love", heralding the advent of the most original artist of the era.
"RLJ" is primarily guitar based (Pirates, released 2 years later, would confirm the multi-instrumental power of Rickie), and the songs are so brilliant that as I write this, 25 years after this album was released, I can still play this music and think how fresh the sound remains. That's a testament to Rickie's writing and playing, which remain unmatched by any modern singer.
"Weasel And the White Boys Cool", a song about an acquaintance (Sal Bernardi), who would later become a lover remains my favorite from this disc. The guitar work on this song is incredible, and Rickie's vocals are playful and gorgeous. And her lyrics, while sometimes unintelligible upon first listen (the hiccuppy nature of her vocals, and her habit of eliding full syllables may turn off some listeners, but they are one of her most endearing traits), are as strong as any writer of popular music.
"Company" is a cabaret classic, and songs of longing like this tune fit Rickie's voice perfectly. This song has been covered many times since its release (Melissa Errico being the most recent), but nobody can capture Rickie's emotions while singing this tune.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic April 1 2003
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When I first heard 'Chuck E's in Love,' way back when, I knew RLJ was here to stay and for all of us that went along for the RLJ experience, know what an influence she would have on our lives. What a voice and what style. I've been on the journey through all her recordings and eagerly await the new release due out this year. This is the album that captured "it" for all RLJ fans. Each song can probably be remembered for different special reasons and I bet all of us fans can remember where we were on first hearing each of them. Who can go past 'Ckuck E' but there is a lot to go past it for. Like everybody else 'Company' stands out, but only just, from what are all truly great songs. The influence of the album stands true. If you listen to any of the live recordings by RLJ (and there are now thirteen - fourteen if you count the Wiltern Theatre DVD) just wait to hear the audience reaction when Rickie sings any of the songs from this album, we know them all and we all love 'em!! 'Last Chance Texaco' (my personal favourite) takes you on the ride of your life and I really love 'Saturday Afternoons in 1963.' I love RLJ and I love this album and I love each song for a different reason and I'd never be without Rickie or Rickie's music in my life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars slow surprise
My mother bought me this cd for my 21st birthday (thank you mom). At first I wasn't too sure. I've always been a blues fan with tendencies toward harder rock kind of stuff--so,... Read more
Published on April 7 2004 by Jane--what's it to you--Doe
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bone Fide Classic
I'd set this record aside many years ago, for reasons I can't quite explain. Recently, I sat down for another listen, and this is what I found: Twenty-five years after its release,... Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2004 by Mitch Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars Rickie Lee is the best...and this is her best music
I first saw Rickie Lee Jones on Saturday Night Live, playing the song Coolsville from this CD. It was interesting to me that Chuck E's In Love was the hit but she deliberately did... Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2003 by H. J. Spivack
5.0 out of 5 stars still makes me cry
I originally had this on lp and now have it in my clutches on c-d. One of the best jazz vocal cds of anytime,period. Read more
Published on May 3 2003 by ron sterzinger
4.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to RLJ and contemporary music.
For an album that was released in 1979, this album is amazingly modern. The only tracks that don't work for me are Company, which I can see lip-synced on Travolta-era Bandstand,... Read more
Published on Dec 15 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Debut
One of the most startling things about Jones is her immediacy. Everything about her work has tremendous spontenaity, as if she suddenly broke into song on a streetcorner and a few... Read more
Published on Nov. 10 2002 by Gary F. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars The album to get
Well, if you're into RLJ, you must have this album. If you want an introduction to RLJ start with this.
Published on Aug. 14 2002 by W. K. Sievers
5.0 out of 5 stars Moody, bouncy, playful, somber and pensive. Great album!
On Saturday Afternoons In 1963 is one of my favorite songs. It's got such a wonderful achingly slow melody. Read more
Published on June 1 2002 by "kentobento"
5.0 out of 5 stars Rickie Lee Jones "Rickie Lee Jones"
One of the top blues/pop recordings on the market, a must have
Published on Dec 24 2001 by Greg
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