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  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 1977)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002KK2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,232 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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!


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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This is going back a very long time indeed Ricki Lee Jones appeared upon the scene with this CD in the Early 80's and really banged the AM & FM stations alike with the first single to come from this disc called CHUCK E's IN LOVE a song that was played so many times a day that I began to hate it over time...now some decades later I can listen to it once more however Ricki Lee was such a household name with that single that you literally could not go anywhere without hearing that song. She had a number of good tracks on that disc and I started to think of her as the next Joni Mitchell over time not because of the number of songs that she had playing but because of the variety of genre's that she was able to cover, everything from Light Jazz to Country was possible for Ricki Lee Jones and she did them all quite well. Where all her contemporaries could only put together tunes in a single type of music Ricki Lee seemed to be able to cover anything she put her mind to and this was all in her first CD...Spigomars...
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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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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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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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