December 14, 2009 – 4:13 am

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Philadelphia 2009 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the World Café Live, Philadelphia, October 25, 2009. Very good WXPN FM broadcast.

On tour with her latest album, Balm in Gilead, Rickie Lee Jones celebrates her 30th anniversary in music with an album that snatches music written or half-written in her last 20 years.

For example, the track that closes the gig is Wild Girl, a song she started before Flying Cowboys (1989) but now finished as a paean to her daughter’s birthday.

In many ways, her new work is literally reflected in the new album’s title, where Gilead, a place in ancient Palestine where balm is found. While the album doesn’t reach the experimentation of her earlier work, it instead dwells on reflection and healing.

As she introduces the beautiful Bonfires, the keynote track of her album, she quips: “Let’s not hold back the heartbreak, let’s go for it all the way.” She laughs and you can feel her confidence of being able to live with hurt, which the lyric just brings out: “If there’s a sun, I’ll watch it rise /To dry the tears out of my eyes /If there’s a river, you can bet / There’ll be a sea for my heart yet.”

Or her thoughts of her mother’s death and wondering about the afterlife, she says: “Some years ago my mother died so I wrote a song about her spirit.” His Jeweled Floor is based on a poem by the Sufi poet, Rumi, who views everyone as being on God’s jeweled floor - “On His Jeweled Floor /We are every one /Laying in His starry arms /On His Jeweled Floor we are standing now /See me as I am…”

The treat in this gig is hearing Jones perform her father’s composition, The Moon is Made of Gold, in the original slower version found on Rob Wasserman’s Duets album, with Wasserman himself on stage with his wonderfully resonant bass sound.

It’s a pleasant gig and Jones even digs out the old chestnut, The Last Chance Texaco, from her debut album (1979), just to show where the heartbreak all came from. A real Volcano Girl, still erupting after all these years. - Philip Cheah

Thanks to ltzero for sharing the tracks on the Dime site.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Radio Intro 1:04 (1.4MB)
Track 02. Rodeo Girl 4:52 (6.7MB)
Track 03. RLJ talks 1:20 (1.8MB)
Track 04. His Jeweled Floor 6:19 (8.6MB)
Track 05. Remember Me 3:25 (4.7MB)
Track 06. RLJ talks 0:48 (1.1MB)
Track 07. Bonfires 4:13 (5.8MB)
Track 08. RLJ talks 0:49 (1.1MB)
Track 09. The Moon Is Made Of Gold 4:17 (5.9MB)
Track 10. The Last Chance Texaco 4:33 (6.2MB)
Track 11. RLJ talks 0:37 (880k)
Track 12. It Takes You There 5:40 (7.8MB)
Track 13. Lap Dog 4:01 (5.5MB)
Track 14. RLJ talks 1:39 (2.2MB)
Track 15. Wild Girl 5:25 (7.4MB)
Track 16. Radio Outro 0:44 (1.0MB)

Rickie Lee Jones - vocals, guitar
Alan Okuye - keyboard
Joel Guzman - accordian, organ
Charlie Paxson - drums
Rob Wasserman - bass

Click here to order Rickie Lee Jones’s Balm in Gilead.

  1. 6 Responses to “RICKIE LEE JONES - PHILADELPHIA 2009”

  2. Great, thanx

    By Pierre on Dec 15, 2009

  3. very nice!!! RLJ is still going strong!

    By DC on Dec 15, 2009

  4. Thanks¡

    By Martin on Dec 19, 2009

  5. Excellent show! Thanks bigO !

    By Bee on Dec 21, 2009

  6. merci beaucoup

    By emmanuel on Dec 27, 2009

  7. Too many broken links! Man, I wish I could listen to this!

    By Jeff Powell on Nov 4, 2017

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