Crow Jane Alley

Crow Jane Alley

by Willy DeVille



It's hard to get a handle on what to call Willy DeVille's multi-genre music, though AMG writer Thom Jurek's description of "Spanish soul-inflected love songs" comes close. "Muddy Waters Rose Out of the Mississippi Mud" would be perfect for Rusty Kershaw, God rest his soul, a nice complement to the laid-back cover of Jay & the Americans' Top Three hit from 1964, "Come a Little Bit Closer" -- its presentation a wonderful nod to songwriters Wes Farrell and Bobby Hart. The evolution is startling 28 years after Mink DeVille gave listeners "Let Me Dream if I Want To" on the classic punk LP Live at CBGB's, and DeVille emerges as a major interpreter. The four minutes and 31 seconds of Bryan Ferry's "Slave to Love" may be one of the most distinct and unique adaptations of a Ferry tune put on record to date. Outside of the covers, the other eight tracks are Willy DeVille originals, "(Don't Have A) Change of Heart" liberally borrowing the melody from Kenny Rogers' hit "Lucille." "Trouble Comin' Every Day in a World" slinks and lurks around the corner with another stylistic change, sounding a bit like that other Willie from the same era, Bostonian Willie "Loco" Alexander. A sticker on the CD says "First studio album in 5 years!" -- though wasn't his previous "studio" disc (not including the live albums) Horse of a Different Color released in 2001? No matter; Crow Jane Alley is a very respectable collection from this journeyman, starting off with the single "Chieva" and continuing with DeVille's novel exploration of sound and clever merging of styles.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/2004
Label: Eagle Records
UPC: 0826992003825
catalogNumber: 20038

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willy DeVille   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
Steve Stevens   Drums
Josh Sklair   Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,E-bow,Guitar (Nylon String),Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Alex Acuña   Castanets,Maracas,Stick,Tambourine,Timbales,Cajon,Shaker,cowbell,Guiro
David Hidalgo   Accordion,Bajo Sexto
John Philip Shenale   Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Strings,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Sampling,ARP,chamberlain,Loops,Wurlitzer,Marxophone
Michael Starr   Mandolin,Violin
Billy Valentine   Background Vocals
Joey Waronker   Drums
John Valentine   Background Vocals
David Keyes   Electric Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Double Bass
Quetzal Flores   Bass,Jarana,Various,Jawbone
Hook Herrera   Harmonica
Lenin García   Acoustic Guitar
Martha González   Cajon
Diego "La Empanada" Arellano   Guitarron
Martin "Baby Face" Arellano   Acoustic Guitar,Trumpet,Biguela
Steve Stevens   Drums
J. Mario Rodriguez   Violin
John Sklair   Guitar,12-string Guitar,E-bow

Technical Credits

Bryan Ferry   Composer
John Carter   Engineer
Willy DeVille   Composer,Producer
Wes Farrell   Composer
Bobby Hart   Composer
John Philip Shenale   Producer,Audio Production,String Ensemble
Michael Starr   Contributor
Lenin García   Arranger
Alfons Kiefer   Illustrations,Cover Art

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4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Downside of town would be worth the price of this record alone.....He has crossed all musical borders with a foot in the 1950s....Willy is still putting out great records....All tracks are solid.....Doc Pomus would have a smile from ear to ear.....