1979 Rickie Lee Jones – Rickie Lee Jones

Rickie Lee Jones is the debut album of singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones. After arriving in California in the mid-1970s, Jones started taking songwriting more seriously, and by 1977 had met singer-songwriters Chuck E. Weiss and Tom Waits (Jones consequently became romantically involved with Waits).

Jones had begun playing live in the Los Angeles area at the age of 21, and after meeting singer-songwriter Alfred Johnson, the pair began writing and performing live together (most notably at the Ala Carte club.) Two of their collaborations, “Weasel and the White Boys Cool” and “Company,” would later be recorded for Jones’ debut album. She also sang jazz standards, as well as a song penned by her father (“The Moon Is Made of Gold”) in her live sets.

Jones’ performances around Los Angeles aroused interest from other local songwriters, as well as local record company executives. At a label showcase, Jones performed originals, including “Chuck E.’s in Love”, “The Real Thing Is Back in Town” and “The Moon Is Made of Gold.” This showcase performance, plus a demo containing “The Last Chance Texaco”, “Easy Money”, “Young Blood” and “After Hours” led to a record deal with Warner Bros.. For her major label debut, Jones scrapped “The Real Thing Is Back in Town,” but used the titular line in one of the album’s tracks – “Coolsville.”

Recording sessions (which began in September 1978) yielded eleven songs for inclusion on an album. Two of the songs – “On Saturday Afternoons in 1963” and “After Hours” – were recorded live on December 22, 1978

Tracks

Chuck E.’s In Love (Rickie Lee Jones) 3:31
2  On Saturday Afternoons In 1963 (Rickie Lee Jones) 2:33
3  Night Train (Rickie Lee Jones) 3:18
Young Blood (Rickie Lee Jones) 4:07
5  Easy Money (Rickie Lee Jones) 3:19
6  The Last Chance Texaco (Rickie Lee Jones) 4:11
7  Danny’s All-Star Joint (Rickie Lee Jones) 4:04
8  Coolsville (Rickie Lee Jones) 3:51
9  Weasel And The White Boys Cool (Rickie Lee Jones; Alfred Johnson) 6:03
10  Company (Rickie Lee Jones; Alfred Johnson) 4:53
11  After Hours (Rickie Lee Jones) 2:16

Musicians

BassWillie Weeks
BassRed Callender
DrumsAndy Newmark
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
DrumsMark Z Stevens
DrumsSteve Gadd
DrumsVictor Feldman
GuitarBuzzy Feiten
GuitarFred Tackett
GuitarRickie Lee Jones
MandolinFred Tackett
KeyboardsMac Rebennack
KeyboardsNeil Larsen
KeyboardsRalph Grierson
KeyboardsRandy Kerber
KeyboardsVictor Feldman
KeyboardsRickie Lee Jones
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
SynthesizerRandy Newman
AccordionNick DeCaro
SaxErnie Watts
SaxTom Scott
TrumpetChuck Findley
PercussionMark Z Stevens
PercussionVictor Feldman
PercussionRickie Lee Jones
Background VocalsArno Lucas
Background VocalsJoe Turano
Background VocalsLeslie Smith
Background VocalsMichael McDonald
Background VocalsMichael Wiener
VocalsRickie Lee Jones

Liner Notes

Producer – Lenny Waronker, Russ Titelman
Producer (Production Assistant) – Penny Ringwood
Arranged By (Horns) – Rickie Lee Jones
Arranged By (Orchestral Arrangements) – Nick DeCaro (Tracks 2, 3, 11)
Arranged By (Orchestral Arrangements) – Johnny Mandel (Tracks 8, 10)
Engineer – Lee Herschberg, Loyd Clifft
Engineer (Additional Engineering) – Roger Nichols, Tom Knox
Mixed By, Mastered By – Lee Herschberg

Art Direction, Design (Cover) – Mike Salisbury
Photography By (Cover) – Norman Seeff

Record Company – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Copyright (c) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Copyright (c) – Easy Money Music
Pressed By – Capitol Records Pressing Plant, Jacksonville
Published By – Easy Money Music
Recorded At – Warner Bros. Recording Studios
Recorded At – The Burbank Studios
Mixed At – Warner Bros. Recording Studios
Mastered At – Warner Bros. Recording Studios