Diana Krall Glad Rag Doll 180g 2LP
180g Vinyl Double LP! Mastered by Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering! Pressed at URP!
Diana Krall is getting "Glad" on a journey to the past with her follow-up to 2009's Quiet Nights.
Diana Krall's extraordinary album "Glad Rag Doll" released on Verve Records, is
an exhilarating and adventurous exploration of new sounds, new instrumentation
and new musicians. It stars a singer and piano player, filled with mischief,
humor and a renewed sense of tenderness and intimacy.
The record reveals itself at that remarkable vanishing point in time where all
music; swinging, rocking and taboo, collide with songs of longing, solace and
regret. All are made new again in a vaudeville of Krall's own imagining.
It is at once a major departure and a natural progression for the gifted
musician. Diana simply calls the album "a song and dance record".
"We all just went in there as if the songs were written yesterday. I didn't
want to make a period piece or nostalgia record," said Krall.
In fact, these are songs that Krall has spent a lifetime contemplating. Both her
childhood home and her current address are stacked with 78rpm records and song
folios filled with precious and unpolished gems, songs that have not worn out
their luster from repetition.
If any of these songs could be identified as "20's or 30's music", then they are
20's or 30's songs as imagined for the 21st Century.
The same could be said for a startling rendition of the Pomus classic, "Lonely
Avenue", first cut in the 1950s.
The contemplative, contemporary reading of the old Gene Austin recording of "Let
It Rain" finds a sympathetic echo in Krall's exquisite rendition of Buddy and
Julie Miller's more recent ballad of spiritual longing, "Wide River To Cross".
Working for the first time with renowned producer T Bone Burnett and engineer
Mike Piersante, Krall revels in a fresh sonic playground captured in the vivid
grain and deep resonant focus of analog tape. Burnett has assembled a
distinguished cast of remarkable men to complement Krall's piano contribution at
an 1890s Steinway upright.
From the hushed to the howling, Marc Ribot's poised and sympathetic solo guitar
accompaniment on the title track contrasts beautifully with a range of
surprising sounds and colors.
As ever with a Diana Krall record, her distinctive feel and unique sense of time
is crucial. She has established a new and exciting rhythmic rapport with drummer
Jay Bellerose and bassist Dennis Crouch that has let loose some of her most
joyous piano playing heard on record to date.
Among the new elements brought into the spontaneous arrangement process are the
mysterious, sometimes comedic commentaries coming from the keyboards of Keefus
The new sound, driven by Marc Ribot's guitar playing, is evident on "There Ain't
No Sweet Man That's Worth the Salt of My Tears," a song written by composer Fred
Fisher. Ribot also appeared on the Burnett-produced "National Ransom," the 2010
release by Krall's husband, Elvis Costello.
"It rocks. It swings. It shuffles. It's sexy, sly, intimate, and
exhilarating." - Associated Press
"Enthralling... I'd call it her nimble, witty, change-of-pace record." -
"Krall's work on the piano has perhaps never sounded so rock-n-roll." -
"Krall is masterful in her interpretations" - JazzTimes
• 180g Vinyl
• Double LP
• Gatefold Jacket
• Mastered by Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering
• Pressed at United Record Pressing
Diana Krall, vocals, piano
Marc Ribot, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, 6 string bass, banjo
T Bone Burnett, guitars
Howard Coward, ukulele, mandola, tenor guitar, harmony vocals
Jay Bellerose, drums
Dennis Crouch, bass
Bryan Sutton, guitars
Colin Linden, guitars, dobro
Keefus Green, keyboards, mellotron
LP1 - Side A:
1. We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye (Woods)
2. There Ain't No Sweet Man That's Worth the Salt of My Tears (Fisher)
3. Just Like a Butterfly That's Caught in the Rain (Dixon/Woods)
4. You Know I Know Ev'rything's Made for Love
LP1 - Side B:
1. Glad Rag Doll (Ager/Dougherty/Yellen)
2. I'm A Little Mixed Up (James/Johnson)
3. Prairie Lullaby (Hill)
LP2 - Side C:
1. Here Lies Love (Rainger/Robin)
2. I Used to Love You But It's All Over Now (von Tilzer/Brown)
3. Let it Rain (Kendis/Dyson)
LP2 - Side D:
1. Lonely Avenue (Pomus)
2. Wide River to Cross (Miller/Miller)
3. When the Curtain Comes Down (Hoefle/Lewis/Sherman)