1981 Rickie Lee Jones – Pirates

Pirates is the second album by Chicago-born singer, songwriter, and musician Rickie Lee Jones, released in July 1981, two years after her eponymous debut Rickie Lee Jones. The album is partially an account of her break-up with fellow musician Tom Waits after the success of her debut album.
Initial recording for Pirates began in January 1980, with the live recordings for “Skeletons” and “The Returns” from January 30 from these sessions kept on the final album. In the same month, Jones picked up a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.Jones came to album sessions at Warner Bros. Recording Studios in North Hollywood with five songs, which were recorded and arranged in a two-month spurt in early 1980 before Jones was given an extended break for further writing. Album sessions reconvened in November 1980 and concluded in April 1981, three months before the album release.All songs were copyrighted on June 9, 1980, as well as “Hey Bub,” which was omitted from the album release, except for “Living It Up” and “Traces of the Western Slopes,” copyrighted in July, 1981, at the time of the album release.

Tracks

1  We Belong Together (Rickie Lee Jones) 5:06
2  Living It Up (Rickie Lee Jones) 6:26
3  Skeletons (Rickie Lee Jones) 3:40
Woody And Dutch On The Slow Train To Peking(Rickie Lee Jones, David Kalish) 5:18
5  Pirates (So Long Lonely Avenue) (Rickie Lee Jones) 3:56
A Lucky Guy(Rickie Lee Jones) 4:20
7  Traces Of The Western Slopes (Rickie Lee Jones, Sal Bernardi) 8:00
8  The Returns (Rickie Lee Jones) 2:19

Musicians

1 We Belong Together

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarBuzzy Feiten
GuitarDean Parks
GuitarSteve Lukather
KeyboardsNeil Larsen
KeyboardsRussell Ferrante
KeyboardsRickie Lee Jones
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
PercussionVictor Feldman
PercussionLenny Castro


2 Living It Up

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsArt Rodriguez
GuitarBuzzy Feiten
GuitarDean Parks
GuitarSteve Lukather
KeyboardsNeil Larsen
KeyboardsRussell Ferrante
KeyboardsRickie Lee Jones
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
PercussionLenny Castro
PercussionVictor Feldman
Background VocalsSal Bernardi


3 Skeletons

BassChuck Rainey
GuitarBuzzy Feiten
GuitarDean Parks
GuitarSteve Lukather
KeyboardsClarence McDonald
KeyboardsRandy Kerber
SynthesizerRickie Lee Jones
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
PercussionVictor Feldman
PercussionLenny Castro


4 Woody And Dutch On The Slow Train To Peking

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarDavid Kalish
KeyboardsNeil Larsen
KeyboardsRussell Ferrante
KeyboardsRickie Lee Jones
SaxDavid Sanborn
SaxTom Scott
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
TrumpetRandy Brecker
PercussionLenny Castro
PercussionVictor Feldman


5 Pirates (So Long Lonely Avenue)

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarBuzzy Feiten
GuitarDean Parks
GuitarSteve Lukather
KeyboardsNeil Larsen
KeyboardsRussell Ferrante
KeyboardsRickie Lee Jones
SaxDavid Sanborn
SaxTom Scott
SynthesizerDonald Fagen
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
SynthesizerRob Mounsey
TrumpetRandy Brecker
HarmonicaSal Bernardi
PercussionLenny Castro
PercussionVictor Feldman


6 A Lucky Guy

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsArt Rodriguez
GuitarBuzzy Feiten
GuitarDean Parks
GuitarSteve Lukather
KeyboardsNeil Larsen
KeyboardsRussell Ferrante
KeyboardsRickie Lee Jones
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
PercussionVictor Feldman
PercussionLenny Castro


7 Traces Of The Western Slopes

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsArt Rodriguez
GuitarBuzzy Feiten
GuitarDean Parks
GuitarSteve Lukather
KeyboardsNeil Larsen
KeyboardsRussell Ferrante
KeyboardsRickie Lee Jones
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
TrumpetJerry Hey
HarmonicaSal Bernardi
PercussionVictor Feldman
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsSal Bernardi


8 The Returns

BassChuck Rainey
GuitarBuzzy Feiten
GuitarDean Parks
GuitarSteve Lukather
KeyboardsClarence McDonald
KeyboardsRandy Kerber
KeyboardsRickie Lee Jones
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
PercussionLenny Castro
PercussionVictor Feldman

Liner Notes

Producer – Lenny Waronker, Russ Titelman
Arranged By (Horn And Vocal) – Rickie Lee Jones
Arranged By (Orchestra) – Nick DeCaro (Track 2)
Arranged By (Orchestra) – Ralph Burns (Tracks: 3, 8)

Design (Cover) – Mike Salisbury
Photography By – Brassaï, Michael Halsband

Manufactured By – WEA Records Pty. Limited
Distributed By – WEA Records Pty. Limited
Copyright (c) – Easy Money Music
Copyright (c) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Published By – ATV Northern Songs

“Skeletons” and “The Returns” were recorded live on January 30, 1980 at Warner Bros. Recording Studio in North Hollywood.