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Rickie Lee Jones Grammy Winner! RIAA Certified Platinum! Click here to see this CD at Amazon.com!

By Bill Crandall

The breezy melodies and jazz stylings of Rickie Lee Jones's debut album are usually found in the works of more mature pop artists. It's only the exuberance of Jones's often cackling voice that reminds you that a 23-year-old is at the controls. And Jones's "little girl lost" perspective, while hanging out in mid-1970s Los Angeles with neo-Beat songwriters-barroom troubadours Tom Waits and Chuck E. Weiss, makes for colorful storytelling. In fact, her tale about Weiss, "Chuck E.'s in Love," hit the Top 10. But there's a lot more elegant stuff here: "Last Chance Texaco" is a soaring ballad about automobiles and broken hearts, and the Sinatra-esque "After Hours" features a lonely Jones singing to a lamppost.

Tracks
1. Chuck E.'s in Love7. Danny's All-Star Joint
2. On Saturday Afternoons in 19638. Coolsville
3. Night Train9. Weasel and the White Boys Cool
4. Young Blood10. Company
5. Easy Money11. After Hours (Twelve Bars Past Goodnight)
6. Last Chance Texaco

 

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Artist: Rickie Lee Jones

Released: March 11, 1979

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Grammy(s) Platinum


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