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Self Titled Debut Album By Rickie Lee Jones on Numbered Limited Edition 180g 45RPM 2LP from Mobile Fidelity!
Mastered From Original Master Tapes!
Rickie Lee Jones Hip, Jazzy Debut as Fresh Today As It Was in 1979
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes and Stretched Out Across 45RPM Grooves: At Last, the Definitive-Sounding Edition of the Diversified Genre-Hopping Classic
Coolsville: Music Combines Finger-Snapping Style, Beret-Wearing Artfulness, Bohemian Pop Know-How
Double-Platinum Album Includes Top 10 Hit Chuck Es In Love
Rickie Lee Jones was hip before hipsters came of age. Wearing a beret, exuding supreme cool, and visually demarcating herself as a member of a bohemian underground, her image on the cover of her self-titled debut says as much about the singer-songwriter as it does the music within the grooves. Uninterested in coloring within the lines, Jones steps out, a dreamer in the post-punk age, an adventurous drifter seemingly deaf to the noisiness of her era. No wonder the work remains one of the most impressive opening salvos in history.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelitys 180g 45RPM 2LP edition of Jones double-platinum 1979 smash finally gives listeners the ultimate version of this long-adored masterpiece. Always prized by audiophiles for its sonics, the record now breathes with a clearer air, with enhancements in dynamics, imaging, soundstaging, and frequency extension apparent seconds after the needle touches down on the opening grooves. Jones singular, jazzy vocalsstraddling territory between youthful surprise, street-smart sharp, and grown-up seriousnesstake on stupendously lifelike qualities to the extent you can hear into her lungs. The slower speed enriches all of the information contained within the grooves.
Emerging from a quiet Los Angeles scene that also laid claim to Tom Waits, a former love interest, Jones reflects an undiminished capacity for fusing folk, R&B, pop, jazz, and scatted word poetry on an effort that matches the flexibility and elasticity of the artists creative approach. As if playing games of hide and seek, Jones often dances around conventional syllabic phrases, using her delivery to stretch language and vowels, turning in diction thats at once gorgeous and enterprising. She taps into a subtlety of texture and ambience well beyond her then 23-year-old age, inserting sly humor when apt, and never shying away from raw emotion.
Renowned for the Top 10 hit Chuck Es In Love, Rickie Lee Jones overflows with finger-snapping be-bop accents, funky cabaret melodies, bluesy bridges, soothing balladry, and even Westernized fills. Subdued complexities flavor the arrangements, expressly tailored for Jones portrait-rich storytelling and character-driven narratives. Such diversity is on display on the metaphorical heartache of Last Chance Texaco, reflective Company, and corner-hangout musings of Dannys All-Star Joint. Throughout, intricate guitar lines give listeners further reason to concentrate on the tunes. This one is simply a must-have.
Numbered, Limited Edition
45rpm Speed Edition
Production and Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
LP 1 - Side 1:
1. Chuck Es In Love
2. On Saturday Afternoons in 1963
3. Night Train
LP 1 - Side 2:
1. Young Blood
2. Easy Money
3. The Last Chance Texaco
LP 2 - Side 3:
1. Dannys All-Star Joint
LP 2 - Side 4:
1. Weasel and the White Boys Cool
3. After Hours (Twelve Bars Past Goodnight)