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Rickie Lee Jones - Dutchess of Coolsville (An Anthology)

Duchess of Coolsville

Rickie Lee Jones

Rhino - 79715

Available from Great Big Island

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

This anthology comprises three discs and each one is jam packed with songs (the shortest is 14 songs) and gives a sampling of Rickie Lee Jones' whole career. There is also a very good booklet with some of her writings, notes by friends and fellow musicians, and exceptionally comprehensive notes about the individual songs, the albums and who helped or played on them, and about art, particularly the art of writing, what it is and how she views that it is done.

The first two discs contain songs from her albums Rickie Lee Jones, right up to The Evening of My Best Day. She might have by passed an album or two that she didn't care for (unlike many anthologies where the artist is left out, she and Karen Almed produced this compilation), but this is a very complete sampling of her work, of course, saying this, you are going to find your favorite song left out. However Disc 3 give you a rare bonus to make up for this. There are about eight previously unreleased versions of songs, demos, songs from duet albums, and soundtracks, and the sound quality throughout is remarkably good and consistent.

The complete spectrum of her work is displayed here. Her voice ranges from jazz, to be-bop, to pop, to R & B, to poetry rant and just about any other direction she wants it to go. She takes each song, phrasing, word, syllable and note and breathes a life that is distinctly her own into it. If she didn't write the song, and she did write most of these, she takes that song and makes it markedly her own. An exceptionally satisfying set of discs that gives a very thorough view of what she has created.

Special note of what Rhino has done with this; they produced an exceptional package, again continuing with their concept of having a comprehensive and as complete as possible retrospective of the work of important artists.

Track Lists:

Disc 1Disc 2Disc 3
  • A Tree On Allenford
  • Altar Boy
  • Beat Angels
  • Bitchenostrophy
  • Bye Bye Blackbird
  • Chuck E's In Love
  • Company
  • Coolsville
  • Cycles
  • Firewalker
  • Flying Cowboys
  • Ghost Train
  • Hey Bub
  • It Must Be Love
  • Living It Up
  • Magazine
  • On Saturday Afternoons In 1963
  • Pirates (So Long Lonely Avenue)
  • Sailor Song
  • Satellites
  • Scary Chinese Movie
  • Skeletons
  • Stewart's Coat
  • The Horses
  • The Last Chance Texaco
  • Tigers
  • Traces Of The Western Slopes
  • Ugly Man
  • Up From The Skies
  • Vessel Of Light
  • We Belong Together
  • Weasel And The White Boys Cool
  • Woody And Dutch On The Slow Train To Peking
  • Sunshine Superman
  • Makin' Whoopee! - with Dr. John
  • Autumn Leaves - with Rob Wasserman
  • Atlas' Marker (The Aviator) (Live) - with Bill Frisell
  • Easter Parade - with The Blue Nile
  • My Funny Valentine (Live)
  • Something Cool (Live)
  • The Evening Of My Best Day (Live)*
  • Young Blood (Demo)*
  • After Hours (Twelve Bars Past Goodnight) (Demo)*
  • Easy Money (Demo)*
  • Rodeo Girl (Demo)*
  • Satellites (Demo)*
  • Rondo For 3 Apartments On 34 th Street (Demo)*
  • Atlas' Marker (Bruce Mix - Demo)*

* Previously Unissued

Compilation Produced by Rickie Lee Jones & Karen Ahmed

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2005, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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