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  • Audio CD (Jan. 10 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B005RYF5IG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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1. I Worship You
2. Remember Me
3. Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves
4. Lovesick Blues
5. Tommy Rockwood
6. Fist City
7. Permanently Lonely
8. Foul Owl On The Prowl
9. Wide Open Road
10. For The Good Times
11. If You've Got The Money I've Got The Time
12. Jolene

Product Description

2012 release from this Country side-project led by Norah Jones. Material for the album was taken from the Willies' live repertoire, and by passing around ideas drawn from disparate sources. The selections include more surprising choices, like the trucker classic 'Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves' and 'Foul Owl On The Prowl,' from the soundtrack to In The Heat Of The Night. Alongside the more obscure songs, though, For the Good Times also includes some of the best-known songs in the history of Country music, like Dolly Parton's 'Jolene' and the title track, written by Kris Kristofferson and made famous by such singers as Ray Price and Al Green.

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I love this CD. How can a band not be great when You have Norah Jones sing and on keyboards.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa743e4a4) out of 5 stars Good Tunes for Good Times Jan. 10 2012
By Rudy Palma - Published on
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A warm, coffeehouse-ready collection of covers of country and Americana, "For the Good Times" sounds as unpretentious, fine-tuned, labored-over and relaxed as the Little Willies' 2006 self-titled debut.

These covers blend together with grace and ease. There is a sense of joy that permeates the record because this is not stiff, people-pleasing fare. Rather, Norah Jones and company cut loose and sink their teeth into these wonderful tunes written by Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash, among others.

Jones and Richard Julian sing with only the necessary passion in service of the material; no affect is necessary. Whether it's the dark, chugging "Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves" or Ralph Stanley's lovesick, sugary "I Worship You," the emphasis remains on tight, well-oiled musicianship - playing music in pursuit of that ever-elusive perfect take.

Parton's brooding, paranoid "Jolene" is particularly rapturous in Jones' hands, and Lee Alexander's bass is sharp and chiseled as ever on several selections. Loretta Lynn's "Fist City" is particularly humorous with Jones' sober, straightahead reading.

Lovely harmonizing and gorgeous guitar plucking make "Lovesick Blues" a major highlight as well. Willie Nelson's "Permanently Lonely" is given its due with Richard Julian's contemplative, thoughtful interpretation.

"For the Good Times" is a colorful, engaging and well-wrought piece of musicianship by musicians ultimately playing for themselves and their love of the music.
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa743e4f8) out of 5 stars Norah Jones and her band make these country classic songs sound new. Jan. 10 2012
By Robert G Yokoyama - Published on
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"For The Good Times" is mostly an album of covers of classic country tunes. Norah Jones and her band mates sound superb. They make these tunes sound new. "I Worship You" is the happiest song about a relationship gone bad. This song has a hoe down feel that puts me in a good mood. The title track is a reminder that life goes on even though two people are not in love any more. This song has a pretty tone to it. "Fist City" is an upbeat tune about a woman defending the man she loves. Norah Jones sounds feisty and spirited on this song. This song is simply groovy. "Jolene" is another classic gem about a woman trying to hold on to her man, while she is at the mercy of another woman. This song is very moving. I love the differences in the tone of these two songs.. "Tommy Rockwood" is the only original composition here. Band member Jim Campilolongo showcases his talents on the guitar here. The musical arrangements on this song are superb on this instrumental track. Band member Richard Jullian sings lead vocals on the track "Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves". This is a song about happens when a man mixes business with pleasure. Julian also covers the Johnny Cash classic Wide Open Road" This song is about a man who gives his wife permission to leave. He duets with Norah on the song "Lovesick Blues . This is the prettiest blues song I have ever heard.. "Remember Me" is a pretty song about a woman who has passed away. The bass playing by Lee Alexander gives this song a sentimental tone. "If You've Got The Money I've Got The Time"is an up tempo song. It is a humorous song that reminds me of my dating and social life. "Foul Owl On The Prowl" is the first song I have heard that describes the personality of an owl. This song has a sensual tone I love. The music on this album is excellent.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa743e930) out of 5 stars Enjoying 'em all Jan. 13 2012
By Phoebus Franca - Published on
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This is a fine album. The first album was great, but somehow this one shows the maturity of all the artists, particularly Norah. Her singing and piano playing are both delightful and a little deeper. There's some truth behind these renderings, making this more than just a romp through classic country songs. Anyway, very enjoyable, wish it were a few songs longer, and I hope we don't have to wait four more years for another one!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa743e918) out of 5 stars Not Country, but still very entertaining Jan. 17 2012
By Tom - Published on
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Fist of all I will give this CD credit for being very unique. So often this day and time everything sounds as though it was all produced by the same producer no matter who the singer is. This CD stands very well with a unique sound. Its kinda a blend of jazz & country that almost gives it a slight flavor of mellow showtunes. The slower songs as you might expect from Norah Jones are very good but the uptempo ones do struggle to show emotion that the original country singers expressed. "Fist City" & "If You've Got The Money", just don't have the sass that the originals did. But even with a few misteps this CD is still good. "Permanently Lonely" and "Foul Owl On The Prowl" are amazing and almost worth buying the CD just for these two tracks. "For The Good Times" and "Jolene" are right up Norah's ally and she does wonderful takes on both of these songs. I will say that the remake of "Jolene" is very similar to the Mindy Smith version done a few years ago. Still you will enjoy this. Overall, if you are in a mellow mood but don't know exactly what kinda music you are in the mood to play this one may do the trick. Putting aside a few missteps it is nice to hear a CD that is unique and not copying what everyone else is doing. I do hope to hear more from The Little Willies.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa743ecd8) out of 5 stars Do You Love Country Music? Jan. 10 2012
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Norah & Co. clearly love Country music, and they want you to love it too.

It's been six years since their last release, and I for one don't mind the wait, provided what we get is worth it, as this album certainly is. They are not playing this music simply to appeal to a demographic, but rather for the sheer love of it, and it shows - the result is humorous, human, and engaging.

There are plenty of critics who feel Norah Jones should return to and stick with what got her noticed in the first place, her soft, pop/jazz, "Come Away With Me" style. I disagree, and I'm glad that she seems to as well. She could easily pump out songbook standards, but she's not, she's showing breadth as an artist, she's taking chances - with sometimes mixed, sometimes brilliant results.

Richard Julian's vocals suit the material masterfully - straight-forward, oddly familiar, almost spoken rather than sung, and serving as a perfect counterpoint on his duets with Norah. Campilongo, Rieser, and Alexander, as ever, are spot on.

Perhaps not an album for everyone - but for people who love music, and who love listening to people who love music make the music they love (I'd like to lump myself in here), it's a no-brainer.

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