1989 Rickie Lee Jones ‎– Flying Cowboys

Flying Cowboys is an album by Rickie Lee Jones that was released in September 1989 and produced by Walter Becker of Steely Dan.

After the release of The Magazine in 1984, Jones retreated from the limelight. She married Pascal Nabet Meyer and gave birth to daughter Charlotte Rose in 1988 while working on her fourth full-length studio album.

Jones and Nabet Meyer had been writing and working together on new material for several years before the recording work commenced in 1988, with Becker as producer. Jones had expressed admiration for the work of Steely Dan, particularly their album The Royal Scam (1976).

Promotional copies of Flying Cowboys were packaged with an interview with Jones conducted by an unknown individual (previously misidentified as LeVar Burton). This interview is the source for a passage that is extensively sampled on British electronic group The Orb’s 1990 hit “Little Fluffy Clouds”.

Tracks

1  The Horses (Walter Becker, Rickie Lee Jones) 4:50
2  Just My Baby (Rickie Lee Jones, Pascal Nabet-Meyer) 4:48
3  Ghetto of My Mind (Rickie Lee Jones, Pascal Nabet-Meyer) 6:15
4  Rodeo Girl (Rickie Lee Jones) 4:54
5  Satellites (Rickie Lee Jones) 4:57
6  Ghost Train (Rickie Lee Jones) 4:18
7  Flying Cowboys (Rickie Lee Jones, Pascal Nabet-Meyer) 5:05
8  Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying (Les Chadwick, Leslie Maguire, Gerry Marsden, Fred Marsden) 4:19
9  Love Is Gonna Bring Us Back Alive (Rickie Lee Jones, Pascal Nabet-Meyer) 4:55
10  Away from the Sky (Rickie Lee Jones) 5:34
11  Atlas’ Marker (Rickie Lee Jones) 5:57

Media

Musicians

1 The Horses

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarBuzzy Feiten
GuitarDean Parks
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
OrganWilliam Smith
PianoMichael Omartian
VocalsRickie Lee Jones


2 Just My Baby

BassEd Alton
GuitarDean Parks
VibraphoneGary Coleman
PercussionMike Fisher
VocalsRickie Lee Jones


3 Ghetto of My Mind

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarBuzzy Feiten
GuitarDean Parks
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
PercussionRobert Zimmitti
VocalsRickie Lee Jones


4 Rodeo Girl

Drums (programming)Chris Dickie
VocalsRickie Lee Jones


5 Satellites

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarBuzzy Feiten
GuitarDean Parks
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
SaxBob Sheppard
PercussionRobert Zimmitti
VocalsRickie Lee Jones


6 Ghost Train

EffectsJim Keltner
ProgrammingMichael Bernard
VocalsRickie Lee Jones


7 Flying Cowboys

BassWalter Becker
DrumsPeter Erskine
GuitarDean Parks
GuitarSal Bernardi
ClarinetMarty Krystall
HornMarty Krystall
TrumpetVince Mendoza
VocalsRickie Lee Jones


8 Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying

BassRob Wasserman
ProgrammingMichael Bernard
SaxBob Sheppard
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VocalsRickie Lee Jones


9 Love Is Gonna Bring Us Back Alive

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarBuzzy Feiten
Hammond OrganGreg Mathieson
SaxMarty Krystall
VocalsRickie Lee Jones


10 Away from the Sky

GuitarDean Parks
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
VocalsRickie Lee Jones


11 Atlas’ Marker

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsPeter Erskine
GuitarDean Parks
ProgrammingPascal Nabet-Meyer
ProgrammingMichael Bernard
TrumpetRandy Brecker
PercussionPascal Nabet-Meyer
VocalsRickie Lee Jones

Liner Notes

Producer – Walter Becker
Producer (Executive) – Gary Gersh
Mastered By – Stephen Marcussen
Mastered By – Chris Bellman (Tracks 2, 9)
Mixed By – Greg Penny, Roger Nichols

Phonographic Copyright (p) – The David Geffen Company
Copyright (c) – The David Geffen Company
Recorded At – Studio 55, Los Angeles
Recorded At – Cherokee Studios
Recorded At – The Village Recorder
Mastered At – Precision Lacquer