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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002KK2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,072 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Chuck E.'s In Love
2. On Saturday Afternoons In 1963
3. Night Train
4. Young Blood
5. Easy Money
6. Last Chance Texaco
7. Danny's All-star Joint
8. Coolsville
9. Weasel and The White Boys Cool
10. Company
11. After Hours (Twelve Bars Past Goodnight)

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Critics struggled to categorize Rickie as her 1979 debut soared to #3; they'd never be able to. She slithers from jazz to R&B to folk as you hear her hits Chuck E.'s in Love and Young Blood plus Coolsville; Easy Money , and more!

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. --Bill Crandall

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I don't believe Rickie Lee has done a better album than this one.
I have had this album for YEARS and finally got this cd so I can listen to it in my car.
I think this music is an essential for any music lover's collection, a must have.
Debbie Lambert

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Karl Miller on July 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Rickie Lee's self-titled debut album is essential listening for anyone who considers themselves a fan of jazz, female singer-songwriters, or plain old good music.
When this album hit the marketplace at the tail end of the 70's it was truly an oasis in what had become a rather boring era of music. Punk and disco had both burned themselves out, and the California singer/songwriter movement was on its last leg. There wasn't anything that could be considered "fresh" on the radio. And then, out of nowhere, came "Chuck E's In Love", heralding the advent of the most original artist of the era.
"RLJ" is primarily guitar based (Pirates, released 2 years later, would confirm the multi-instrumental power of Rickie), and the songs are so brilliant that as I write this, 25 years after this album was released, I can still play this music and think how fresh the sound remains. That's a testament to Rickie's writing and playing, which remain unmatched by any modern singer.
"Weasel And the White Boys Cool", a song about an acquaintance (Sal Bernardi), who would later become a lover remains my favorite from this disc. The guitar work on this song is incredible, and Rickie's vocals are playful and gorgeous. And her lyrics, while sometimes unintelligible upon first listen (the hiccuppy nature of her vocals, and her habit of eliding full syllables may turn off some listeners, but they are one of her most endearing traits), are as strong as any writer of popular music.
"Company" is a cabaret classic, and songs of longing like this tune fit Rickie's voice perfectly. This song has been covered many times since its release (Melissa Errico being the most recent), but nobody can capture Rickie's emotions while singing this tune.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD
One of the most startling things about Jones is her immediacy. Everything about her work has tremendous spontenaity, as if she suddenly broke into song on a streetcorner and a few passing musicians and back-up singers decided to join in--an effect that is particularly well captured on her self-titled debut. In some respects she seems to be the heir of such free-form artists as Laura Nyro and Patti Smith; she is certainly the forerunner to the more recently debuted Natalie Merchant, Alanis Moressette, and Jewel. But in the final analysis, Rickie Lee Jones is Rickie Lee Jones: there is no other quite like her.
Jones speciality is her remarkable ability to fuse whatever styles happens to catch her fancy and blend them into a seamless whole. "Chuck E.'s in Love," the hit single from this collection, is jazzy and funky and fun--and what most casual listeners think of when Jones comes to mind. But it is merely the introduction to her remarkable skill at combining diverse musical ideas. One of the most startling examples of this is "Last Chance Texaco," in which she combines elements of new age and jazz with a western flavor in a plantive, powerful ballad that likens failed love to broken-down cars going nowhere on an endless highway ("She was a block-busted blonde")--lyrics and vocal as brilliant as the music itself.
If Jones is frequently plantive in tone, she is also remarkably hip and funny.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Bilby on February 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I bought this gem way back in the late 70's and it stood out
like the shiny diamond it was and this collection just summed
up all the great strengths and styles of Ricki. Even though she went
on to make some very compelling music(Pirates, the follow up was brilliant but withdrawn to me, I only played when I was alone at home), but it was still her
other standout. Nothing in my opinion
Ricki did after these first two albums were as superior, especially this first one!
It was such a mature effort for a 1st collection it took everybody by surprise, fans that loved great women singers/musicians hadn't heard anything quite like this
for years, not since the sophisticated earthy talents of Joni Mitchell, Phoebe Snow, Bonnie Raitt & Laura Nyro in the early to mid 70's. Ricki had a nice bohemian street-smart-finger popping-cool mixed with some beautiful piano laments. I also recall
how much I enjoyed Phoebe Snows debut, like Ricki, she had her
one and only hit song from the 1st collection. Great stuff to
revisit, just as relevant as anything out today. Another fine
example of quality music from this period.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ron sterzinger on May 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I originally had this on lp and now have it in my clutches on c-d. One of the best jazz vocal cds of anytime,period. On this debut cd you hear her mentor Tom Waits'influence but Jones is indeed her own bird. Rickie sings of innocence and experience of love loss and of street-smarts. All the songs are fantastic but the song "Company" puts her over the top.This song still makes me cry even after all these years. My wife died a couple of years after the release of this recording and during those lonely nights I played and sang "Company" until I cried myself silly. It is the perfect song of love lost.
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