1992 Lyle Lovett – Joshua Judges Ruth

Joshua Judges Ruth is the title of Lyle Lovett‘s fourth album, released in 1992.

While the album does not have one theme that binds all the songs, several tracks deal with “high concepts” such as religion (“Church”) and death (“Family Reserve” & “Since The Last Time”). Lovett’s renowned sense of humor and whimsy are temporarily set aside in favor of reflective musings on heartbreak and loss. The album’s title is a pun made up of the names of three books that appear sequentially in the Old Testament: Joshua, Judges, and Ruth.

In keeping with Lovett’s other releases, Joshua received critical acclaim but failed to vault the singer into mainstream success. First single “You’ve Been So Good Up To Now” was a minor hit on rock radio, peaking at #36 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Tracks

1  I’ve Been To Memphis (Lyle Lovett) 04:56
2  Church (Lyle Lovett) 06:01
3  She´s Already Made Up Her Mind (Lyle Lovett) 04:51
4  North Dakota (Lyle Lovett; Willis Alan Ramsey) 05:48
5  You´ve Been So Good Up To Now (Lyle Lovett) 04:15
6  All My Love Is Gone (Lyle Lovett) 04:23
7  Since The Last Time (Lyle Lovett) 07:12
8  Baltimore (Lyle Lovett) 04:53
9  Family Reserve (Lyle Lovett) 03:59
10  She´s Leaving Me Because She Really Wants To (Lyle Lovett) 04:07
11  Flyswatter / Ice Water Blues (Monty Trenkmann’s Blues) (Lyle Lovett) 03:44
12  She Makes Me Feel Good (Lyle Lovett) 03:34

Media

Musicians

1 I’ve Been To Memphis

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarRay Herndon
GuitarBilly Williams
Acoustic GuitarDean Parks
Acoustic GuitarLyle Lovett
PianoMatt Rollings
VocalsLyle Lovett


2 Church

BassLeland Sklar
BassKevin Dorsey
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDean Parks
PianoMatt Rollings
Background VocalsArnold McCuller
Background VocalsFrancine Reed
Background VocalsHarry Bowens
Background VocalsKathy Hazzard
Background VocalsSweet Pea Atkinson
VocalsLyle Lovett


3 She´s Already Made Up Her Mind

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDean Parks
GuitarRay Herndon
Acoustic GuitarLyle Lovett
PianoMatt Rollings
VocalsLyle Lovett


4 North Dakota

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDean Parks
PianoMatt Rollings
Background VocalsRickie Lee Jones
VocalsLyle Lovett


5 You´ve Been So Good Up To Now

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarJohnny Lee Schell
Acoustic GuitarDean Parks
PianoMatt Rollings
VocalsLyle Lovett


6 All My Love Is Gone

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarRay Herndon
PianoMatt Rollings
SaxPlas Johnson
VocalsLyle Lovett


7 Since The Last Time

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDean Parks
GuitarRay Herndon
PianoMatt Rollings
SaxDan Higgins
SaxGregory Smith
SaxLarry Williams
Background VocalsArnold McCuller
Background VocalsFrancine Reed
Background VocalsKevin Dorsey
VocalsLyle Lovett


8 Baltimore

Acoustic GuitarLeo Kottke
PianoMatt Rollings
CelloJohn Hagen
VocalsLyle Lovett


9 Family Reserve

Double BassEdgar Meyer
DrumsRuss Kunkel
Acoustic GuitarLeo Kottke
PianoMatt Rollings
CelloJohn Hagen
Background VocalsArnold McCuller
Background VocalsFrancine Reed
Background VocalsHarry Bowens
Background VocalsKathy Hazzard
Background VocalsKevin Dorsey
Background VocalsSweet Pea Atkinson
VocalsLyle Lovett


10 She´s Leaving Me Because She Really Wants To

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarRay Herndon
Pedal Steel GuitarJay Dee Maness
PianoMatt Rollings
Background VocalsEmmylou Harris
VocalsLyle Lovett


11 Flyswatter / Ice Water Blues (Monty Trenkmann’s Blues)

Double BassEdgar Meyer
BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDean Parks
OrganMatt Rollings
PianoMatt Rollings
VocalsLyle Lovett


12 She Makes Me Feel Good

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarRay Herndon
Acoustic GuitarDean Parks
OrganMatt Rollings
PianoMatt Rollings
Background VocalsArnold McCuller
Background VocalsWillis Alan Ramsey
VocalsLyle Lovett

Liner Notes

Producer – Billy Williams, George Massenburg, Lyle Lovett
Coordinator – Ivy Skoff
Engineer (Second) – Gil Morales, Marnie Riley, Noel Hazen, Steve Holroyd
Mastered By – Alan Yoshida, Doug Sax, Ron Lewter
Mixed By – George Massenburg
Recorded By – George Massenburg, Nathaniel Kunkel
Technician – Bill Collings, Jim Demeter, Jim Kaufman, Fred Walecki

Art Direction – Jonas Livingston, Tim Stedman
Design – Tim Stedman
Photography By – Peter Nash, Michael Wilson

Mastered At The Mastering Lab
Recorded At Ocean Way Recording
Recorded At Conway Studios
Phonographic Copyright (p) – MCA Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) Curb Music Company
Copyright (c) MCA Records, Inc.