After years out of print, Rickie Lee Jones’ first two albums will be available on LP. Rickie’s self-titled debut album and the lauded follow up Pirates were re-released digitally and on CD via AWAL Recordings in the latter half of 2018. Now they will receive their long overdue vinyl reissues on January 18.
Listen to Rickie Lee Jones and Pirates on Spotify:
Rickie Lee Jones skyrocketed to fame in 1979 when as a barely known artist she appeared on Saturday Night Live. Performing her biggest hit “Chuck E’s In Love” in her trademark red beret, Time Magazine instantly dubbed her “the Duchess of Coolsville.” Since then she has gone on to win two Grammy Awards, appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone twice, and included in VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll.
Released in 1979, her self-titled debut on Warner Brothers won her the Grammy Award for Best New Artist and reached #3 on the Billboard Albums chart. The album’s brilliant songs include the exceptional "On Saturday Afternoons in 1963", the haunting "Last Chance Texaco", and the popular "Chuck E’s In Love", a top 5 pop single. Check out Jones' Coolsville 1979 Trilogy featuring the music videos for "Coolsville", "Young Blood", and "Chuck E's in Love".
Watch the Coolsville 1979 Trilogy
Two years after that Grammy-winning debut, Jones released her much anticipated sophomore effort Pirates, which was awarded 5/5 stars by Rolling Stone and called “a remarkable piece of work” by The New York Times. The album featured an all-star band supporting Rickie, including Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen, Victor Feldman, and trumpeter Randy Brecker.
Longtime Times music critic Jon Pareles said "The few unconventional songs on (her debut album) hardly foreshadowed what Miss Jones would attempt - and pull off - on '’Pirates’ in 1981…'Pirates' was unabashedly ambitious.”
In recent years, Pirates' reputation has continued to grow. British magazine The Word included the record as one of pop music’s 25 Most Underrated Albums of All Time while NPR Music listed it on their 150 Greatest Albums Made by Women.
Contemporaneous with that chart’s publication, Rickie performed the album in its entirety as part of NPR’s “Turning the Tables” live show at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park in 2017. On the NPR site, in a feature about Pirates, Alison Fensterstock said, "Few pop artists have ever been as effortlessly cool; still fewer have managed to create a piece of art that sounds like it could have been crafted thirty years before it was, or thirty years after. Pirates has been influential, but rarely imitated. Who could?"
With a busy year ahead, Jones will play her first shows of 2019 in the Northeast this February. See the Full list of tour dates.
The Other Side of Desire, the film, is screening at the Raindance Film Festival in London, England on Saturday, October 3rd at 21:15 and Sunday, October 4th at 12:20. Vue Cinema, Piccadilly Circus - closest tube station Piccadilly Circus.
Award winning Canadian filmmaker and director Gail Harvey has made a documentary, which she filmed over the last year in New Orleans.
Rickie Lee Jones: The Other Side of Desire (Canada, 70’) Director: Gail Harvey Cast: Rickie Lee Jones, David Crosby, Rosanna Arquette Synopsis: An intimate portrait of poet-musician, rock star Rickie Lee Jones, the film portrays Jones through extensive and intimate interviews, with footage of her at home, in the studio and on stage.
Rickie Lee Jones was a guest on the first show of the new season of Jools Holland in The UK on the BBC. She played with Jools and his band. Wednesday 16th and as usual in the longer format on the Friday Sept. 18th.
A great way to launch The Other Side of Desire in Great Britain and Europe!
The official music video for the new Rickie Lee Jones single, 'Jimmy Choos', from THE OTHER SIDE OF DESIRE, is now available on the official Rickie's YouTube channel. Directed by David McClister. New Orleans, 2015.
The new album THE OTHER SIDE OF DESIRE is available now! Buy it online at Rickie's store, or iTunes , Amazon and all other digital retailers. It's available on CD, vinyl and as a digital download. Hope you enjoy the new record!
The Other Side of Desire is now available for pre-order at iTunes with 2 Instant Grat tracks. Purchasing the pre-order you will instantly receive "Jimmy Choos" and "J’ai Connais Pas"!
Listen to "Jimmy Choos"
Listen to "J'ai Connais Pas"
The Other Side of Desire, the new album of Rickie Lee Jones, release June 23, 2015. Album trailer directed by Gail Harvey. New Orleans, 2015.
COOLSVILLE, a new musical featuring songs by Rickie Lee Jones and performed by members of The Boston Conservatory Music, Dance and Theater divisions. Music and lyrics by RICKIE LEE JONES. Conceived by DOUG LOCKWOOD. April 24 - 26.
Rickie Lee Jones moved to New Orleans in 2013, where she's been writing and recording her forthcoming album, the first new music she's written in over ten years. On May 3 at Jazz Fest, she joined her friend Bruce Springsteen on "Jesse James" from The Seeger Sessions. "...the song became an epic hootenanny," writes the New Orleans Times-Picayune.