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  • The Best of Rickie Lee Jones

    Time for a female artist! What are you top ten releases from RLJ? Tough one!

    Living It Up
    Chuck E's in Love
    Bye Bye Blackbird
    We Belong Together
    Dat Dere
    The Last Chance Texaco
    Easy Money
    Under The Boardwalk
    Spring Can Really Hang You Up
    The Moon is Made of Gold
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    I think the strongest material is on the first two albums, but as you well know, b/c we discussed this, Pirates is nasty sounding. (The MoFi seems to ameliorate some of the nastiness). Girl at Her Volcano, which is basically digitally recorded, also has some great tracks, and sonically, far better than Pirates. But for songwriting, I'd say probably the first two albums. I haven't listened to The Magazine or the later stuff in years- saw her many times when she first broke the charts- very uneven- I think she had some serious issues back then. I do admire her, though she got to a point where she was "too hip"- a little too affected. Her debut album may be one of the strongest first albums by an artist- writing, performing, recording, production. Warner Bros really got behind her for that record.

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    • #3
      Must Be Love
      Horses

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Bill Hart View Post
        I think the strongest material is on the first two albums, but as you well know, b/c we discussed this, Pirates is nasty sounding. (The MoFi seems to ameliorate some of the nastiness). Girl at Her Volcano, which is basically digitally recorded, also has some great tracks, and sonically, far better than Pirates. But for songwriting, I'd say probably the first two albums. I haven't listened to The Magazine or the later stuff in years- saw her many times when she first broke the charts- very uneven- I think she had some serious issues back then. I do admire her, though she got to a point where she was "too hip"- a little too affected. Her debut album may be one of the strongest first albums by an artist- writing, performing, recording, production. Warner Bros really got behind her for that record.
        Don't forget Pop Pop.

        Pirates was so nasty sounding they transferred it to tape before releasing. Imagine what the digital master must have sounded like.
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        • #5
          I can't come up with a top ten RLJ songs list, it would change by the minute. I listen to her a lot, I even listen to Pirates on a regular basis. Lately I've been on a "The Magazine" and "Flying Cowboys" kick.
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          • #6
            Does anyone know that Ricky Lee Jones figured in one of the most iconic pieces of electronica ever?

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            • MylesBAstor
              MylesBAstor commented
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              Nope, just read about it!

          • #7
            Rickie Lee is also great in concert too! Seen her three times, the last being downtown at the City Winery.
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            • defdum&blind
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              I seen her twice in Toronto. Great shows, one in a hall and the other in a medium sized club. I've bought "Live At The Wiltern Theatre" on laserdisc. With what LDs went for new in the day you had to a fan.

          • #8
            I really like the entire Traffic From Paradise lp. Beginning to end is captivating.
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            • #9

              Along with any choice of nine other of her songs that would change regularly, I love her cover of "Show Biz Kids" from It's Like This...
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              • #10
                Her debut stands heads above anything she did later.
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                • #11
                  Too difficult to choose a top ten. Great article about RLJ back in the day in the Rolling Stone.

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                  • #12
                    Originally posted by Bill Hart View Post
                    I think the strongest material is on the first two albums, but as you well know, b/c we discussed this, Pirates is nasty sounding. (The MoFi seems to ameliorate some of the nastiness). Girl at Her Volcano, which is basically digitally recorded, also has some great tracks, and sonically, far better than Pirates. But for songwriting, I'd say probably the first two albums. I haven't listened to The Magazine or the later stuff in years- saw her many times when she first broke the charts- very uneven- I think she had some serious issues back then. I do admire her, though she got to a point where she was "too hip"- a little too affected. Her debut album may be one of the strongest first albums by an artist- writing, performing, recording, production. Warner Bros really got behind her for that record.
                    Believe it or not, Pirates on tape makes it a fun recording to listen to for the first time.
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                    • #13
                      Originally posted by mep View Post

                      Believe it or not, Pirates on tape makes it a fun recording to listen to for the first time.
                      The MoFi remaster on vinyl is actually more tolerable than the original pressings. Myles can help here, I remember there was tape into the process somewhere. So, I can believe it.
                      PS: musically, the record is great. That's why it was such a disappointment when it was originally released on vinyl. But, if you remember, we were in the dark days there- Jennifer Warne's Famous Blue Raincoat was considered a "good" recording.

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                      • #14
                        I have the MoFi and it's ok. The tape is much better.
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                        • #15
                          Originally posted by mep View Post
                          I have the MoFi and it's ok. The tape is much better.
                          No doubt.

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