1984 Rickie Lee Jones – The Magazine

The Magazine is an album by Rickie Lee Jones, released in September 1984. It is her third full-length studio album, and was released as the follow-up to Pirates (1981). The album was partly composed in France and was co-produced by Jones and James Newton Howard.

After the release of Pirates in July 1981, Jones spent 1982 on the road on tour before kicking her addiction to heroin and cocaine. A 10-inch EP, Girl at Her Volcano, had been released in 1983 and Jones took up residence in Paris in April 1983 for four months. Jones said: “I got an apartment for $800 on the Boulevard des Invalides, where they have all the political demonstrations. I wasn’t in such great shape and, appropriately, I lived with the invalids.” It was also in Paris that Jones kicked her alcohol habit. She told Timothy White in Musician in 1984: “I started drinking…more heavily than I had ever drunk in my life. I drank for about six weeks. When I started waking up and drinking in the day, I figured-umm, bad news. I don’t know how I quit drinking; I finally just drank too much one night an said “That’s enough of this, it’s awful.” I think I went to Paris to put it together; I had to be in an absolutely foreign environment, to take stock.”

Jones had been working on fragments of songs, such as “Juke Box Fury,” “Gravity,” and the initially Shirelles-inspired “Runaround,” since 1981, before finding more inspiration in Paris. The first full song written was “Deep Space,” precipitating a spurt of creativity from October 1983. Recording work for the album began on January 18, 1984 and was completed on June 1 before a September release date.

The opening instrumental “Prelude to Gravity,” written in France and London, was originally titled “Things Made of Glass” and was written by Jones for inclusion in a planned children’s fantasy she wrote about “two little girls who keep their most prized possessions, thoughts and dreams in these special jars.”

The album ends with a musical suite entitled “Rorschachs,” with “Theme for the Pope” co-written by long-time collaborator and former romantic partner Sal Bernardi.

 

Tracks

1  Prelude to Gravity (Rickie Lee Jones) 2:51
2  Gravity (Rickie Lee Jones) 4:48
3  Juke Box Fury (Rickie Lee Jones) 4:12
4  It Must Be Love (Rickie Lee Jones) 4:59
5  Magazine (Rickie Lee Jones) 4:45
6  The Real End (Rickie Lee Jones) 5:04
7  Deep Space (Rickie Lee Jones) 3:13
8  Runaround Rorschachs (Rickie Lee Jones) 4:59
9  Theme For The Pope (Rickie Lee Jones, Sal Benardi) 3:20
10  The Unsigned Painting / The Weird Beast (Rickie Lee Jones) 4:51

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Musicians

2 Gravity

BassNathan East
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarDean Parks
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
PianoRickie Lee Jones
PercussionLenny Castro


3 Juke Box Fury

BassNathan East
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarBuzz Feiten
PianoRickie Lee Jones
SynthesizerNeil Larsen
PercussionLenny Castro


4 It Must Be Love

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarDean Parks
PianoRickie Lee Jones
PercussionVictor Feldman


5 Magazine

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarDean Parks
PianoRickie Lee Jones
PercussionVictor Feldman


6 The Real End

BassNathan East
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarBuzz Feiten
OrganNeil Larsen
PianoRickie Lee Jones
PercussionLenny Castro


7 Deep Space

SynthesizerRickie Lee Jones


8 Runaround Rorschachs

BassNathan East
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarSteve Lukather
OrganNeil Larsen
PianoRickie Lee Jones
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
PercussionLenny Castro


9 Theme For The Pope

Acoustic GuitarSal Bernardi
12 String GuitarJeffrey Pevar
MandolinJeffrey Pevar
AccordionNick de Caro
VocalsSal Bernardi


10 The Unsigned Painting / The Weird Beast

PianoRickie Lee Jones

Liner Notes

Producer – James Newton Howard, Rickie Lee Jones
Producer – James Newton Howard (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
Coordinator (Production) – Ivy Skoff
Arranged By (Horns) – Jerry Hey (Tracks 3, 6)
Arranged By (Horns) – Rickie Lee Jones (Track 3)
Arranged By (Strings) – Marty Paich (Track 1)
Arranged By (Strings), Conductor – James Newton Howard (Tracks 1, 5)
Conductor – Marty Paich (Track 1)
Engineer – Mark Linett
Mastered By – Ron Lewter
Mixed By – Lee Herschberg, Mark Linett

Art Direction – Rickie Lee Jones
Design – Michael Hodgson
Illustration – Kathy Donahey
Photography By (Front Cover) – Ethan Russell

Pressed By – Allied Record Company
Recorded At – Warner Bros. Recording Studios
Recorded At – Evergreen Studios
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab
Mastered At – Sheffield Lab Matrix – △7358
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Copyright (c) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Published By – Easy Money Music