RICKIE LEE JONES - LOS ANGELES 2015

July 31, 2015 – 4:05 pm

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RICKIE LEE JONES
Los Angeles 2015 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Pershing Square, Los Angeles, CA; July 25, 2015. Very good to excellent audience recording.

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and apparently so are “Jimmy Choos”. His shoes are the subject of at least two songs by American artists. The latest single from singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones off her new album, The Other Side Of Desire, is called Jimmy Choos. According to folkradio.co.uk, the new single, “captures a designer fixated Blanche Dubois type character, in feisty form… There are gold capped teeth bared, pop bottles launched from hot-tin, garage rooftops, motel and truck stop assignations but, hey! When you’ve got a good pair of shoes, what’s the problem?” Asians know Jimmy Choo as the Penang-born Malaysian fashion designer based in the UK and Jimmy Choo Ltd is known for its handmade women’s shoes. It’s unknown if singer Jones knows Choo is a Malaysian.

She said: “That song, specifically, I made the move to less-is-more. A series of images, a feeling of compassion. Come and let’s just go take a ride. By the time you get to let’s just go, you know, things are pretty stressful. I feel the pain of the person trying to help, and I feel the pain of the sad girl, trying to make her laugh with the ‘Jimmy Choo Choo..’ Well, who doesn’t do everything they can for a friend?” Critics and fans are heaping praises that the new album is a return to form for Rickie Lee Jones. The Other Side Of Desire was released June 23. The album was made through crowdfunding site PledgeMusic.

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Thanks to Falconidave (David Sell) who recorded and shared the show at Dime.

Falconidave noted:

I’m embarrassed to admit this is only my second time experiencing this amazing woman’s voice and talent! She blew us away! Really nice to hear all the songs from the new album. Great crowd around us and the OMNI’s performed fabulously! Trust me, this is a great recording!

Dime member goody added:

It was a great night indeed! Thanks for your souvenir, Dave. Much appreciated. It’s a really nice pull, and will put me right back on that lawn anytime I like, now…

Rickie Lee loved this crowd and gave us a very intimate show in this nice little park located in the middle of some great LA architecture that’s definitely worth looking at as well, right in the heart of Downtown LA. For anyone attending any future events there, I’d like to pass along that they don’t allow backpacks or outside food or beverages of any kind.

Next time, I won’t be bringing mine. They do point out as you’re about to enter that there’s an area that folks were able to leave their stuff in and take a chance that it would be there when we returned. I asked, and was told that there was at least a 95 per cent chance that our stuff would be OK when we came to retrieve it.

It was, but I made sure to empty my backpack with anything I didn’t think I could ultimately bear to lose.  Even trying to enter the venue without any stuff at all other than a chair or blanket to sit on has also become more trouble than it used to be, as they’ve put up barriers around the entire park except for a single entry which isn’t anywhere near a much more logical one right across the street from the subway station.

It used to be that one could simply walk into the square from anywhere along any of the sidewalks on any of the streets surrounding it. Not anymore. In addition, there were lots of empty ‘VIP’ seats in the only seating rows which are right in front of the stage, and they wouldn’t let folks move into them after the show began. I asked a few people supposedly ‘in charge’. Behind that was all lawn seating - bring your own chairs or whatever. Thanks, LA. Being up on stage and looking down at lots of empties can be disheartening at the very least. I’d imagine many of us here know what I’m talking about, as performers at some time or another ourselves.

But as soon as RLJ took the stage none of this mattered. It was a great night of some rarely heard older material and lots of new ones from her excellent new release. And yes, as always, she can drive a body to the verge of tears… (of joy, of course.)  Her voice was incredibly strong on all the new material and, as you’ll hear, when she did her best on the higher notes of tunes from her much younger days, she knew how to work that mic so it was musical as well, knowing her strengths and limitations.

Her guitar playing was great, she took a few moments on her Strat that were as good as anybody else playing that instrument and, when she walked over to the piano for a few tunes, there was some very advanced harmony in effect - no three chord major scale beginner stuff.

She’s been living down in NOLA for the last couple years, but she must still hold a sweet spot for LA, as this was a last minute booking, pretty much. I had plans to see another show a few blocks from there last night, but this became a no brainer when I saw the announcement in the paper. Fortunately, I had seen the other artist and band just last week in Hollywood, would’ve loved a second show from them, but we should always have such tough choices, right?

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Lineage:
AT853 OMNI (3-wire) > Naiant Tinybox > Sony PCM-M10 (24/96) > Adobe Audition CS6 (normalize, resample/dither to 16/44.1) > CD Wave Editor 1.96 > TLH > Flac
Location: 100′ from stage DFC [”dead center”]

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Disc 1
Track 101. Intro 2:36 (4.4MB)
Track 102. Weasal And The White Boys Cool 7:44 (13.0MB)
Track 103. The Last Chance Texaco 5:51 (9.8MB)
Track 104. Valtz De Mon Pere (Lovers’ Oath) * 4:20 (7.3MB)
Track 105. Introducing the band 0:47 (1.3MB)
Track 106. Blinded By The Hunt * 4:32 (7.6MB)
Track 107. Haunted * 5:16 (8.8MB)
Track 108. It Must Be Love 6:15 (10.5MB)
Track 109. Jimmy Choos * 4:38 (7.8MB)
Track 110. Juliette * 1:47 (3.0MB)
Track 111. Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo 4:17 (7.2MB)
48 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. On Saturday Afternoons in 1963 3:34 (6.0MB)
Track 202. Christmas In New Orleans * 4:22 (7.3MB)
Track 203. Circus of the Falling Star, Spider In The Circus 6:44 (11.3MB)
Track 204. Feet On The Ground * 5:43 (9.6MB)
Track 205. Infinity * 6:58 (11.7MB)
Track 206. J’ai Connai Pas * 5:22 (9.0MB)
Track 207. Satellites 5:03 (8.5MB)
Track 208. Crowd applause 2:09 (3.6MB)
Track 209. I Wasn’t Here * 5:12 (8.7MB)
46 mins

* Featured on The Other Side Of Desire.

Lineup:
Rickie Lee Jones - vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, piano, percussion
Francois Plant - bass guitar, upright bass, vocals
Katherine LeDeaux - madoline, fiddle, violin, vocals
Joss Tellier - guitar, vocals
Vincent Real - keyboards, accordion, vocals
Max Santelloni - drums

Click here to order The Other Side Of Desire.

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  1. 4 Responses to “RICKIE LEE JONES - LOS ANGELES 2015”

  2. Had to look twice at the set list. Rare she did not play Chuck E’s In Love or even A Lucky Guy. Despite a fine career, it wasn’t as if she had so many hits she could leave those fan faves out.

    By Tony Pizza on Jul 31, 2015

  3. Thanks for this one Big O! I just saw her in Denver on July 28 (3 nights after this show). A little different song line up, and I think she got a little irritated with the audience at one point. Yup, no Chuck E.’s In Love or Coolsville in Denver either. But the tracks from the new release, The Other Side Of Desire, more than made up for it. Haunted and Blinded By The Hunt were a couple of new favorites that I really liked. Been going to see her since the show at The Rainbow Music Hall (Denver) in 1979. She’s always a class act!

    By Rev. Bob on Aug 2, 2015

  4. Rickie Lee Jones New Album to be released and tour dates The Other Side of Desire to be release June 23 and documentary film The Other Side of Desire to premiere this Fall. Yoast SEO plugin.

    By Ned Kimbriel on Sep 2, 2015

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