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For The Good Times [CD]

The Little Willies Audio CD
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"I love playing country music," says Norah Jones. "More than any other genre, it makes me feel at home."

Over the past 10 years, The Little Willies, a group of friends and like-minded souls—Lee Alexander (bass), Jim Campilongo (guitar), Norah Jones (piano, vocals), Richard Julian (guitar, vocals), and Dan Rieser (drums)—have periodically gathered to make ... Read more in Amazon's The Little Willies Store

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  • Audio CD (9 Jan 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B005RYF5IG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,796 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Worship You
2. Remember Me
3. Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves
4. Lovesick Blues
5. Tommy Rockwood
6. Fist City
7. Permanently Lonely
8. Foul Owl On The Prowl
9. Wide Open Road
10. For The Good Times
11. If You've Got The Money I've Got The Time
12. Jolene

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The Little Willies have reconvened to record For The Good Times, the rousing follow-up to their eponymous 2006 debut, which will be released by Parlophone on January 9th, 2012. The Little Willies – Lee Alexander (bass), Jim Campilongo (guitar), Norah Jones (piano, vocals), Richard Julian (guitar, vocals) and Dan Rieser (drums) – first formed in 2003 as an excuse for the five friends to spend a night playing music together at The Living Room on New York’s Lower East Side, but the gig proved too much fun for both the musicians and audience for it to remain a one-off. Despite hailing from the far corners of the US – California, Massachusetts, Texas, Delaware – the members of band all grew up listening to a certain breed of classic American music, and relished the opportunity to perform some of their favorite country classics and lesser-known gems. People magazine praised the “lovingly rendered covers” on their debut album, while The New York Times raved about the band’s “wild card” guitarist Jim Campilongo, who they dubbed “a hotshot on the Fender Telecaster,” clearly wowed by his stinging guitar licks that punctuate Norah Jones’ and Richard Julian’s sublime vocals. For The Good Times is another stellar collection of country covers from some of The Little Willies’ favorite songwriters, including Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Lefty Frizell, and Dolly Parton.

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File: NORAH JONES : 2nd album of choice country music covers from the sublime singer & talented friends

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
After a gap of six years since the first Little Willies album they are back for more straight ahead country covers and one original instrumental. The sound and playing is again excellent and Norah Jones' voice is in good form - both on her usual mid-tempo ballads such as "Remember Me" and also on the faster numbers like Loretta Lynn's "Fist City". There is a nice restrained version of Dolly Parton's much-covered "Jolene" and even the novelty number "Foul owl on the prowl" by Boomer and Travis (as featured in the film 'In the heat of the night') comes out sounding very good and giving guitarist Jim Campilongo a chance to play a nice solo.

I found many of the album's other songs a bit average, I'm sure that the band really enjoy doing well-known country songs like Willie Nelson's "For the good times" but I'd prefer to hear things with a bit more of a twist. For me I tend to loose interest when Norah isn't singing lead and I'm not really convinced that her and Richard Julian singing together works. For example the tune of Hank Williams' classic "Lovesick Blues" gets lost in tricky harmonies and super-slick guitar runs. I'm afraid that all-in-all I did prefer the first album which had a more interesting collection of songs and more variety of sounds and styles.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where's the notes? 7 Feb 2012
By Kernow
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Excellent music, but packaging is woeful. No notes at all about the songs or their composers except in minute difficult to read on the rear of the CD holder. I know some of the songs and where they originated but not all of them. This has been a serious problem since the demise of Vinyl, very limited information on many CD's. I also purchased Leonard Cohens' Old Timers, excellent sleeve notes in a booklet with complete lyrics, recording information etc. The way it should be done.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Return Of The Little Willies 9 Jan 2012
By Angel Delta TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Last year's release Featuring Norah Jones confirmed that she is a most versatile performer, very much at ease with a variety of musical styles and in particular with country music. She performed duets with Dolly Parton, Ryan Adams, Gillian Welch and Willie Nelson after whom, it is said, The Little Willies are named.

She had already shown that she was an accomplished country artist with the Little Willies debut album in 2006, her collaboration with four other New York based musicians. Now, six years later, they are back with another collection of eleven country covers and an original instrumental by guitarist Jim Campilongo.

While not as immediately appealing as the debut album there are solid performances of some fine songs. In particular, Norah's bluesy and heartfelt reading of Scotty Wiseman's beautiful ballad, "Remember Me" with its spare piano accompaniment, is worthy of special mention.

She doesn't disappoint either with Kris Kristofferson's evocative "For The Good Times" as she squeezes every ounce of emotion from the lyrics. Meanwhile Richard Julian contributes lump in the throat vocals to a fine reading of the Willie Nelson penned "Permanently Lonely" and a spirited performance of the Johnny Cash number "Wide Open Road".

The Hank Williams signature song, "Lovesick Blues" is performed impeccably with Jones and Julian combining beautifully against a sparse acoustic background. The album finishes with Norah singing a slow but inspired version of Dolly Parton's "Jolene" with Campilongo's gentle guitar ushering in the end of the piece. Simply gorgeous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent jazz-country album 28 Nov 2012
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Following six years after their first album as the Little Willies, this second album was worth the wait. Norah Jones is the main vocalist, but Richard Julian sometimes joins her as duet partner, and he also gets to sing solo occasionally.

While most of these songs are covers, they aren't always the obvious classics that everybody knows. I worship you (Ralph Stanley) and Diesel smoke dangerous curves (a minor country hit for Red Simpson).are far from obvious choices, but they deserve their inclusion.

The ensemble took their name from Willie Nelson, and the song selection shows his influence as he wrote and recorded Permanently lonely, and also had huge country hits with If you've got the money I've got the time (originally a #1 country hit for Lefty Frizzell, it also became a #1 country hit for Willie Nelson) and Remember me (a #2 country hit for Willie Nelson). I think Willie also recorded For the good times, though the song is associated with other singers - Kris Kristofferson (who wrote and first recorded it), Ray Price (who had the country hit) and Perry Como (who had the pop hit).

The other famous songs here are Lovesick blues (originally recorded by Elsie Clark in the 1920's, but more commonly identified with Hank Williams and also a sixties #1 pop hit in Britain for Frank Ifield), Jolene (the Dolly Parton classic) and Fist city (one of Loretta Lynn's major country hits of the sixties).

Wide open road is an early Johnny Cash song, though it was not one of his hits. Nevertheless, it will be familiar to most fans of Johnny Cash.

Foul owl on the prowl doesn't really belong here, but I like it anyway. I'd never heard the song before buying this album, although I recognize the songwriters (A and M Bergman with Quincy Jones).

This album won't suit everybody (and if you've heard Norah's solo albums but nothing by the Little Willies, this will come as shock) but to my ears, this is a most enjoyable album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Deserves a better choice of songs
As with the previous Little Willie's album it is a mixed bag mainly due to the strange choice of material. Read more
Published 10 days ago by robsure
5.0 out of 5 stars Super!
This is a fantastic Album. Great sound and great music. Most of Norah Jones recordings are all good... Read more
Published 8 months ago by cK!
5.0 out of 5 stars Anything by this group is OK
The second CD by this group and is just as good as the first. I just love listening to them in the car. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mal. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is the second album from "The Little Willies"
They do great takes on classic country material. Read more
Published 15 months ago by cindy nero
3.0 out of 5 stars Norah Jones
Not the best album she as done, but one or two good songs, such as Jolene, Stick to the 'good' songs and arrangements
Published 19 months ago by G. Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars The Little Willies: For the good times
A brilliant follow-up CD to their 2003 release. Just sorry we don't hear more from The Little Willies. Read more
Published 22 months ago by CE
1.0 out of 5 stars Why 'the Little Willies' ???
I love original and neo-original Country Music, and this CD is nowhere like it; it sounds like a 'let's have fun session' recorded... Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2012 by dekker kees
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it, you'll love it!
This is one of the best albums I have listened to for many a long year. It was the featured album of the week on Ken Bruce's show on Radio 2, and I purchased it on the strength of... Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2012 by Mensalady
1.0 out of 5 stars old friends should stay that way
This album is just so disappointing after Norah Jones' excellent "Fall" set. The band are stuck where they were all those years ago. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2012 by D'Arcy
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