Rickie Lee Jones - Rickie Lee Jones Vinyl Album

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Rickie Lee Jones - Rickie Lee Jones Vinyl Album

Rickie Lee Jones is the eponymous debut album of singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones. After arriving in California in the mid-70s, 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.

The album cover contributed to the image of Jones as a stylish beret-wearing beatnik. Jones had said the inspiration of it was from a photo of her father (an aspiring musician and waiter) in a similar pose, lighting a cigarette while sitting on a beach towel at a Chicago beach along Lake Michigan, near where the family lived. Although disco Donna Summer had already been wearing berets and singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell wore one for the album cover of her 1976 album Herija, it was Jones Parisian-boho jazz sensibility that finally popularized it, propelling as a mainstay of hipster chic and (perhaps unintentionally) branding her image in the process. Despite Jones' beautiful looks and street gamine wildness, she would recall that people seemed to only recognize her in public when she was wearing the beret. The album cover photography and design was by Norman Seeff.


Both the album cover and the vinyl album are in great condition. The inner sleeve is the original sleeve that came with the album.

Songs on Album:

Side One
A - Chuck E.'s In Love
B - On Saturday Afternoons In 1963
C - Night Train
D - Young Blood
E - Easy Money
F - The Last Chance Texaco
Side Two
G - Danny's All-Star Joint
H - Coolsville
I - Weasel And The White Boys Cool
J - Company
K - After Hours (Twelve Bars Past Goodnight)

 

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