Please Allow Rickie Lee To Introduce Her Version of "Sympathy For the Devil" Among 9 Other Covers!
Rickie Lee Jones teams up with Ben Harper (longtime fan), who produces the
'simple surprising' album of covers - as described by Jones herself.
From the moment she first appeared in front of us on Saturday Night Live in
1979, Rickie Lee Jones has challenged her listeners and the establishment with
an absorbing musical vision that defies border and classification. She rocked
the culture of singer-songwriterdom with her refusal to conform to the stayed
and careful eloquence of the folk rock generation that came before her. Neither
punk nor pop, she tottered on a thread of her own devise, jazz - the old musical
kind, and R&B - the Motown thread that permeates her work.
Rickie Lee Jones, released by Warner Bros. in March 1979, had an immediate and
profound impact in the music world and the culture at large ultimately becoming
a multi-million selling hit. Following her now infamous debut television
appearance on SNL, a successful world tour and the cover of Rolling Stone
magazine, Jones secured five Grammy Award nominations (Record of the Year, Best
Pop Vocal Performance, Female, Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female, Song of the
Year ("Chuck E.'s in Love"), and Best New Artist, which she won at the January
With her deeply ingrained vaudevillian heritage well intact, from the heights of
popular music to the deepest respect of her peers and appreciative fans, Rickie
Lee Jones remains a unique artist of undeniable influence on singers and
"For over 30 years, singer Rickie Lee Jones has drawn critical acclaim for
her ability to combine original songs with rousing covers. On her new album, the
virtuosic performer has decided to set aside her songwriting hat for a bit...
The Devil You Know instead features Jones' interpretation of songs by Neil
Young, Van Morrison, the Rolling Stones and other rock legends...
"Among the most recognizable tracks is a rendition of the Rolling Stones'
"Sympathy for the Devil." Jones strips down the original's clattering
percussion, piano and vocal wailing to an intimate acoustic groove, and replaces
Mick Jagger's yowl with a performance that runs from a bluesy moan to a slow,
crawling falsetto. The song features instrumental accompaniment by Ben Harper,
who also produced the album and contributed one song of his own, "Masterpiece."
" - rollingstone.com, Zach Schonfeld, July 19, 2012
1. Sympathy For the Devil (Jagger/Richards)
2. Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Neil Young)
3. Masterpiece (Ben Harper)
4. The Weight (Robbie Robertson)
5. St. James Infirmary (traditional)
6. Comfort You (Van Morrison)
7. Reason To Believe (Tim Hardin)
8. Play With Fire (Jagger/Richards/Wyman/Watts/Jones)
9. Seems Like A Long Time (Theodore Anderson)
10. Catch the Wind (Donovan Leitch)