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
4  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
6  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

Media

Musicians

1 We Belong Together

Bass Chuck Rainey
Drums Steve Gadd
Guitar Buzz Feiten
Guitar Dean Parks
Guitar Steve Lukather
Keyboards Neil Larsen
Keyboards Russell Ferrante
Keyboards Rickie Lee Jones
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Percussion Victor Feldman
Percussion Lenny Castro


2 Living It Up

Bass Chuck Rainey
Drums Art Rodriguez
Guitar Buzz Feiten
Guitar Dean Parks
Guitar Steve Lukather
Keyboards Neil Larsen
Keyboards Russell Ferrante
Keyboards Rickie Lee Jones
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Percussion Lenny Castro
Percussion Victor Feldman
Background Vocals Sal Bernardi


3 Skeletons

Bass Chuck Rainey
Guitar Buzz Feiten
Guitar Dean Parks
Guitar Steve Lukather
Keyboards Clarence McDonald
Keyboards Randy Kerber
Synthesizer Rickie Lee Jones
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Percussion Victor Feldman
Percussion Lenny Castro


4 Woody And Dutch On The Slow Train To Peking

Bass Chuck Rainey
Drums Steve Gadd
Guitar David Kalish
Keyboards Neil Larsen
Keyboards Russell Ferrante
Keyboards Rickie Lee Jones
Sax David Sanborn
Sax Tom Scott
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Trumpet Randy Brecker
Percussion Lenny Castro
Percussion Victor Feldman


5 Pirates (So Long Lonely Avenue)

Bass Chuck Rainey
Drums Steve Gadd
Guitar Buzz Feiten
Guitar Dean Parks
Guitar Steve Lukather
Keyboards Neil Larsen
Keyboards Russell Ferrante
Keyboards Rickie Lee Jones
Sax David Sanborn
Sax Tom Scott
Synthesizer Donald Fagen
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Synthesizer Rob Mounsey
Trumpet Randy Brecker
Harmonica Sal Bernardi
Percussion Lenny Castro
Percussion Victor Feldman


6 A Lucky Guy

Bass Chuck Rainey
Drums Art Rodriguez
Guitar Buzz Feiten
Guitar Dean Parks
Guitar Steve Lukather
Keyboards Neil Larsen
Keyboards Russell Ferrante
Keyboards Rickie Lee Jones
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Percussion Victor Feldman
Percussion Lenny Castro


7 Traces Of The Western Slopes

Bass Chuck Rainey
Drums Art Rodriguez
Guitar Buzz Feiten
Guitar Dean Parks
Guitar Steve Lukather
Keyboards Neil Larsen
Keyboards Russell Ferrante
Keyboards Rickie Lee Jones
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Trumpet Jerry Hey
Harmonica Sal Bernardi
Percussion Victor Feldman
Percussion Lenny Castro
Background Vocals Sal Bernardi


8 The Returns

Bass Chuck Rainey
Guitar Buzz Feiten
Guitar Dean Parks
Guitar Steve Lukather
Keyboards Clarence McDonald
Keyboards Randy Kerber
Keyboards Rickie Lee Jones
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Percussion Lenny Castro
Percussion Victor 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.