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Duchess Of Coolsville: An Anthology [Digipak] by Rickie Lee Jones
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Personnel include: Rickie Lee Jones (vocals, guitar, keyboards); David Hidalgo (vocals, 8-string guitar); Dr. John (vocals, keyboards); Syd Straw (vocals); Rick Boston (various instruments); Steve Lukather, Buzz Feiten (guitar); Leo Kottke (acoustic guitar, slide guitar); Bill Frisell (electric guitar); Greg Phillinganes (keyboard); Randy Newman (synthesizer); Chuck Rainey (bass instrument); Rob Wasserman (double bass); Willie Weeks (bass guitar); Alex Acuna (drums, congas); Jeff Porcaro, Jim Keltner, Steve Gadd (drums); Lenny Castro (percussion).

While it's baffling that there was no Rickie Lee Jones anthology before 2005's DUCHESS OF COOLSVILLE, this remarkable box set more than makes up for the absence. Co-produced by Jones herself, the three-disc Rhino compilation remains in line with the singer/songwriter's idiosyncratic aesthetic in the way it cleverly careens through her career. The first disc alone shifts from 2003's THE EVENING OF MY BEST DAY to 1993's TRAFFIC FROM PARADISE, then later presents a trio of songs from Jones's acclaimed self-titled '79 debut, before landing briefly on her 1997 trip-hop album, GHOSTYHEAD. Yet the set flows wonderfully, revealing the consistent quality of Jones's ever-changing musical vision.

Plenty of Jones's best songs are here, including her only true "hit," the poppy "Chuck E's in Love," and "The Horses," a beautiful ode to her daughter, co-written with Steely Dan's Walter Becker. For the Jones faithful, the third disc is the real revelation, since it includes a slew of previously unreleased live tracks and demos, in addition to collaborations with Dr. John, Bill Frisell, the Blue Nile, and others. Ideal for fans and newcomers alike, DUCHESS OF COOLSVILLE represents the full breadth of Jones's artistry.

What the critics say...

Uncut (p.124) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[M]ost of the signature tunes are here....It's a bold attempt to cover her entire career..."

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. Tree On Allenford, A
  2. Altar Boy
  3. Beat Angels
  4. Bitchenostrophy
  5. Bye Bye Blackbird
  6. Chuck E's In Love
  7. Company
  8. Coolsville
  9. Cycles
  10. Firewalker
  11. Flying Cowboys
  12. Ghost Train
  13. Hey Bub
  14. It Must Be Love
  15. Living It Up
  16. Magazine
  17. On Saturday Afternoons In 1963
  18. Pirates (So Long Lonely Avenue)
  19. Sailor Song
Disc 2:
  1. Satellites
  2. Scary Chinese Movie
  3. Skeletons
  4. Stewart's Goat
  5. Horses, The
  6. Last Chance Texaco, The
  7. Tigers
  8. Traces Of The Western Slopes
  9. Ugly Man
  10. Up From The Skies
  11. Vessel Of Light
  12. We Belong Together
  13. Weasel And The White Boys Cool
  14. Woody And Dutch On The Slow Train To Peking
Disc 3:
  1. Sunshine Superman
  2. Makin' Whoopie! - (with Dr. John)
  3. Autumn Leaves - (with Rob Wasserman)
  4. Atlas' Marker (The Aviator) - (live, with Bill Frisell)
  5. Easter Parade - (with The Blue Nile)
  6. My Funny Valentine - (live)
  7. Something Cool - (live)
  8. Evening Of My Best Day, The - (live)
  9. Young Blood - (Demo)
  10. After Hours (Twelve Bars Past Goodnight) - (Demo)
  11. Easy Money - (previously unreleased, Demo)
  12. Rodeo Girl - (previously unreleased, Demo)
  13. Satellites - (previously unreleased, Demo)
  14. Rondo For 3 Apartments On 34th Street - (previously unreleased, Demo)
  15. Atlas' Marker - (Bruce mix, previously unreleased, Demo)
Release date Australia
June 28th, 2005
Rhino Records (USA)
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