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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-song writerdom with her refusal to conform to the stayed and careful eloquence of the folk rock generation that came before her. Neither punk ... Read more in Amazon's Rickie Lee Jones Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B0000C8AU2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Rickie Lee Jones Evening Of My Best Day (Dig) [US Import]

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lozarithm VINE VOICE on 5 Oct. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Six years after Ghostyhead, her last album of original material, Rickie Lee Jones was motivated to return by the need to comment on the political situation in America from her viewpoint as an outsider from within Washington DC. Whilst some of the songs are lyrically explicit and therefore tied to the time in which they appeared, thankfully they are musically strong enough to outlast such limitations. Her debut album, Rickie Lee Jones, did not have especially fashionable new sounds on it, but equally has not dated, and fits as easily into today's listening experiences as this one does and will continue to do.
As always the best musicians around have been employed to create a blend of jazz, blues, soul and folk that adds up to a homogenous and idiosyncratic whole. The album sees her re-united in the Village studio in West Los Angeles with producer David Kalish, a close friend who had worked with her on Pirates in 1981, and he brought in Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) to co-produce. It features contributions from master-guitarist Bill Frisell, whose trio appear on two tracks, and Pete Thomas (drummer with Elvis Costello) among a stellar cast.
"I think I'm a great writer," Rickie Lee Jones has said, "and an important character in American art", and I would not argue. In Martin Scorsese's documentary No Direction Home there is a shot of Dylan standing beside a wall-poster proclaiming "Protest against the rising tide of conformity", which caused me to wonder who could stand beside such a poster today. Question answered.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Rickie Lee Jones' career has been an up-and-down rollercoaster, with battles against alcohol and drug addiction and sporadic releasing schedules.
But with her 11th full-length album, 2003's THE EVENING OF MY BEST DAY, she has made a spectacular return to form, six years after her last work of original material, GHOSTYHEAD.
On these songs, Jones sounds as if she's been through the mill but has found optimism at the end of the tunnel. Songs like "Second Chance" and "It Takes You There" sound undeniably joyful, and as youthful as she ever was.
She recaptures the energy of her early work in songs like "Ugly Man", an effortlessly sophisticated take on throbbing jazz, and "Tell Somebody (Repeal the Patriot Act)", an angry protest against President Bush wrapped in up-tempo, swinging gospel/soul grooves.
The subject matter for THE EVENING OF MY BEST DAY is generally made up of protest songs against the state of modern America, but Rickie is never preachy or dull. This album is quite possibly the best record of 2003, her evocative, poetic lyrics lending themselves to sophisticated, jazzy melodies and beats. She returns to the sound of albums like RICKIE LEE JONES and PIRATES on "Second Chance", and includes some of her classic heartbreaking acoustic numbers with the piano-driven "The Evening of My Best Day" and the album's beautiful standout, "Sailor Song", a Celtic-tinged folk ballad that shows that, at 48, Rickie Lee Jones still has the vocal intensity and dazzling range she owned 20 years ago (and always has, for that matter).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LiquidLucid on 7 April 2013
Format: Audio CD
I have listened to this album so many times. It keeps growing on me. I love it I love it I love it.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ernie Goggins on 3 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you don’t count the dismal ‘Ghostyhead’ this is her first album of new material since ‘Traffic from Paradise’ 10 years ago. That is my favourite Rickie Lee album, and while this isn't quite up to that standard it is still one of the best albums of the year. Totally distinctive as always – there is the usual faintly jazzy, Steely Dan type stuff but with a bit more blues and gospel thrown in to the mix than usual, and the added bonus of some not terribly subtle (but absolutely spot on) anti-Bush rants. The stand out track is “Tell somebody”. “Little mysteries” and “It takes you there” are other personal favourites.
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17 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Paul Ricketts on 15 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I have listened to this album over 10 times now and each time it gets less satisfying and on the last listen I had to stop the album before the end as it gave me no pleasure.
The whole album feels to me to cobbled to together from scraps of songs, which she has been unable to fully realise. The critics have been kind to this album. Phrases such as ‘paying homage to her musical influences’ have been used to indicate the music, a less charitable view would be that she is struggling to come up with any original melodies has fallen back on half remembered tunes and fragments from previous songs of her own. To me there is a clear reason why RLJ has not produced any new work for over 7 years; she is, unfortunately for this once loyal fan, a spent force.
Sonically this is a poorly recorded and mastered album. The sound is veiled which obscures the lyrics. Therefore you need to refer to the lyric sheet, which should be with the album, but the artwork is minimal, just folding out to an A4 photo of two children in a garden by the side of the highway. On the other side there is the usual list of credits of musicians etc.
For an artist who is so keen on communicating her feelings and frustrations with the current political situation in the USA, it is odd that there are no lyrics with the artwork. You have to go to her web site to read them. When you get there you will find they are in a fine red text on a black background which almost impossible to read. Especially so if you might be dyslexic. There you have to print to a B&W printer to read them. When you do read them they are hardly up to previous work.
Call Bush or anybody else ‘ugly’ does not change the world. I do feel that she is a sincere artist who does have something to say but the muse has deserted her for many years now and it has not returned with this album
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