Complete List Of Rickie Lee Jones Albums And Discography

Rickie Lee Jones Albums

I was a high school senior in 1970 when I first heard “Chuck E.’s in Love” on the radio. It was a voice I had never heard before. There was something so cool about her voice. I purchased the album and felt cooler myself by listening to her music. I was in Coolsville.  Over her career, Jones has released a total of fifteen studio albums, two live albums, and several compilation albums. Her work has received critical acclaim, and she has garnered various awards, including two Grammy Awards. Notably, her debut album was certified platinum and “Pirates” reached gold status. She has continued to evolve her musical style, incorporating electronic and experimental sounds in her later works. She is one of my favorites, and I’m sure she is one of yours.

RICKIE LEE JONES STUDIO ALBUMS

Rickie Lee Jones

Released 1979

Rickie Lee Jones‘ debut album, released in 1979, catapulted her into the musical spotlight with its eclectic mix of jazz, R&B, folk, and pop influences. The album is best known for the hit song “Chuck E.’s in Love,” which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Her style was distinctive and fresh, offering a poetic and soulful approach to songwriting that resonated with audiences. The album earned Jones a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

The musicians featured on the album included Rickie Lee Jones on vocals, guitar, and keyboards, with contributions from Dr. John on keyboards, Victor Feldman on percussion, Tom Scott on woodwinds, and Randy Newman orchestrating. It was produced by Lenny Waronker and Russ Titelman and recorded at Warner Bros. Recording Studios in North Hollywood, California, between 1978 and 1979.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Chuck E.’s in Love” – 3:31
  2. “On Saturday Afternoons in 1963” – 2:31
  3. “Night Train” – 3:18
  4. “Young Blood” – 4:07
  5. “Easy Money” – 3:20
  6. “The Last Chance Texaco” – 4:08
  7. “Danny’s All-Star Joint” – 4:06
  8. “Coolsville” – 3:52
  9. “Weasel and the White Boys Cool” – 6:02
  10. “Company” – 4:54
  11. “After Hours (Twelve Bars Past Goodnight)” – 2:15

Pirates

Released 1981

Rickie Lee Jones’ second album, Pirates, was released in 1981. It is often regarded as her most ambitious and complex album, weaving together a variety of musical styles including jazz, rock, and soul, in a cinematic sweep of richly layered songs. The album received widespread critical acclaim and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, solidifying Jones’ position in the music world.

Notable musicians on the album included Donald Fagen of Steely Dan on synthesizer, Steve Gadd on drums, and Chuck Rainey on bass. The album was produced by Russ Titelman and recorded at various studios including Warner Bros. Recording Studios in North Hollywood, California, and Filmways/Heider Recording in Hollywood, California, throughout 1980 and early 1981.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “We Belong Together” – 4:59
  2. “Living it Up” – 6:26
  3. “Skeletons” – 3:37
  4. “Woody and Dutch on the Slow Train to Peking” – 5:16
  5. “Pirates (So Long Lonely Avenue)” – 3:51
  6. “A Lucky Guy” – 4:16
  7. “Traces of the Western Slopes” – 8:01
  8. “The Returns” – 2:21

Girl at Her Volcano

Released 1983

Girl at Her Volcano is an extended play by Rickie Lee Jones released in 1983. This EP consists of live recordings and studio outtakes, focusing primarily on jazz standards. I love her version of Autumn Leaves. Her tender but cool vocals breathe new life into a song that has been covered thousands of times.

Track Listings:
  1. “Lush Life” – 3:52
  2. “Letters from the 9th Ward/Walk Away Rene” – 4:44
  3. “Hey, Bub” – 3:13
  4. “My Funny Valentine” – 3:02
  5. “Under the Boardwalk” – 2:54
  6. “Rainbow Sleeves” – 3:41
  7. “So Long” – 3:10

The Magazine

Released 1984

Rickie Lee Jones’ third studio album, The Magazine, released in 1984, continued to explore diverse musical landscapes with its eclectic fusion of rock, jazz, and pop. Although it did not achieve the commercial success of her previous albums, it reached No. 44 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album featured complex song structures and showcased Jones’ evolving artistry.

Key contributors included James Newton Howard on keyboards, Michael Boddicker on synthesizer, and Steve Lukather on guitar. The production was handled by Rickie Lee Jones and James Newton Howard, with recording sessions taking place at One on One Studios and Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, California in 1983.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Prelude to Gravity” – 2:51
  2. “Gravity” – 4:51
  3. “Juke Box Fury” – 4:10
  4. “It Must Be Love” – 4:54
  5. “Magazine” – 4:51
  6. “The Real End” – 5:09
  7. “Deep Space” – 3:10
  8. “Runaround” – 4:59
  9. “Rorschachs (Theme for the Pope)” – 3:03
  10. “The Unsigned Painting” – 2:19
  11. “The Weird Beast” – 2:39

Flying Cowboys

Released 1989

Rickie Lee Jones’ album Flying Cowboys, released in 1989, marked a return to form with its graceful blend of pop, jazz, and soul elements. The album, produced by Walter Becker of Steely Dan fame, received positive reviews and peaked at No. 39 on the Billboard 200 chart. The title track and “Satellites” were notable singles, capturing her unique poetic and melodic style.

Jones collaborated with an array of musicians, including Sal Bernardi on guitar and Walter Becker on bass and keyboards. The album was recorded at various studios including Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, California, and Skyline Studios in New York City.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “The Horses” – 4:46
  2. “Just My Baby” – 4:45
  3. “Ghetto of My Mind” – 6:15
  4. “Rodeo Girl” – 4:49
  5. “Satellites” – 4:58
  6. “Ghost Train” – 4:16
  7. “Flying Cowboys” – 5:03
  8. “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” – 4:20
  9. “Love is Gonna Bring Us Back Alive” – 4:54
  10. “Away from the Sky” – 5:35
  11. “Atlas’ Marker” – 5:58

Pop Pop

Released 1991

Pop Pop, released in 1991, is an album by Rickie Lee Jones that veers into jazz and pop standards. This collection includes covers ranging from jazz classics to contemporary songs, all interpreted with Jones’ unique style. The album did not chart highly but was critically acclaimed for its artistic approach.

The recording featured contributions from notable musicians such as Charlie Haden on bass and Joe Henderson on saxophone. Produced by Russ Titelman, the album was recorded in various studios, including Ocean Way Recording in Los Angeles, California.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “My One and Only Love” – 5:55
  2. “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most” – 3:57
  3. “Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo” – 3:39
  4. “Up from the Skies” – 4:32
  5. “Second Time Around” – 4:50
  6. “Dat Dere” – 4:08
  7. “I’ll Be Seeing You” – 3:15
  8. “Bye Bye Blackbird” – 2:24
  9. “The Ballad of the Sad Young Men” – 4:22
  10. “I Won’t Grow Up” – 3:11
  11. “Love Junkyard” – 4:10
  12. “Comin’ Back to Me” – 5:36

Traffic from Paradise

Released 1993

1993’s Traffic from Paradise offered a more introspective and serene sound, contrasting sharply with Jones’ earlier work. The album’s reflective lyrics and minimalistic arrangements drew praise, reaching No. 68 on the Billboard 200. The tracks “Stewart’s Coat” and “Beat Angels” were standout singles.

Rickie Lee Jones took a central role in producing the album, with contributions from musicians such as John Leftwich on bass and Brian Blade on drums. Recording took place at Ocean Way Recording in Los Angeles, California.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Pink Flamingos” – 4:10
  2. “Alter Boy” – 2:25
  3. “Stewart’s Coat” – 4:30
  4. “Beat Angels” – 4:10
  5. “Tigers” – 5:45
  6. “Rebel Rebel” – 4:38
  7. “Jolie Jolie” – 4:07
  8. “Running from Mercy” – 6:00
  9. “A Stranger’s Car” – 2:54
  10. “The Albatross” – 3:15

Ghostyhead

Released 1997

Ghostyhead, released in 1997, marked a significant departure for Rickie Lee Jones, exploring elements of trip-hop and electronica. This experimental album was a bold move, receiving mixed reviews and reaching No. 159 on the Billboard 200. The electronic textures and beat-driven arrangements showcased a radical shift in her musical direction.

Jones co-produced the album with Rick Boston, who also contributed on various instruments. The album was recorded at Complex Studios in Los Angeles, California.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Little Yellow Town” – 5:23
  2. “Road Kill” – 4:54
  3. “Matters” – 4:20
  4. “Firewalker” – 4:10
  5. “Howard” – 4:52
  6. “Ghostyhead” – 5:40
  7. “Sunny Afternoon” – 4:20
  8. “Scary Chinese Movie” – 5:20
  9. “Cloud of Unknowing” – 6:20
  10. “Vessel of Light” – 5:37

It’s Like This

Released 2000

In 2000, Rickie Lee Jones released It’s Like This, a collection of covers that spanned a broad range of musical genres, from jazz to pop to show tunes. This album was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category, and it showcased Jones’ ability to interpret and breathe new life into classic songs. The album reached No. 148 on the Billboard 200.

Musicians on this album included Randy Newman on piano and Joe Jackson on vocals. Produced by Rickie Lee Jones and Bruce Brody, the album was recorded at Cello Studios in Hollywood, California.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Show Biz Kids” – 4:35
  2. “Trouble Man” – 5:17
  3. “For No One” – 3:18
  4. “Smile” – 3:38
  5. “Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” – 5:11
  6. “On the Street Where You Live” – 3:24
  7. “I Can’t Get Started” – 4:29
  8. “Up a Lazy River” – 2:48
  9. “Someone to Watch Over Me” – 2:03
  10. “Cycles” – 3:19
  11. “One Hand, One Heart” – 2:01

The Evening of My Best Day

Released 2003

The Evening of My Best Day, released in 2003, saw Rickie Lee Jones return to her roots with a mix of jazz, blues, and folk influences. The album, which was praised for its lyrical depth and diverse musical arrangements, reached No. 189 on the Billboard 200. It featured politically charged songs as well as personal reflections.

The album included contributions from Bill Frisell on guitar and Grant-Lee Phillips on vocals. It was produced by Rickie Lee Jones and David Kalish, and recorded at various studios, including The Village Recorder in Los Angeles, California.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Ugly Man” – 4:21
  2. “Second Chance” – 4:53
  3. “Bitchenostrophy” – 4:38
  4. “Little Mysteries” – 5:01
  5. “Lap Dog” – 3:56
  6. “Tell Somebody (Repeal the Patriot Act Now)” – 4:04
  7. “Sailor Song” – 4:51
  8. “A Tree on Allenford” – 5:13
  9. “It Takes You There” – 5:17
  10. “Mink Coat at the Bus Stop” – 4:50
  11. “The Evening of My Best Day” – 4:15
  12. “A Face in the Crowd” – 3:18

The Sermon on Exposition Boulevard

Released 2007

In 2007, Rickie Lee Jones released The Sermon on Exposition Boulevard, an innovative and spiritually themed album inspired by the words of Jesus Christ. This album received critical acclaim for its raw production and earnest exploration of faith and humanity. It reached No. 158 on the Billboard 200. Jones collaborated closely with Lee Cantelon, who provided spoken word pieces, and Rob Schnapf on production. The recordings were made at various locations, including Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, California.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Nobody Knows My Name” – 3:24
  2. “Gethsemane” – 3:42
  3. “Falling Up” – 4:50
  4. “Lamp of the Body” – 3:18
  5. “It Hurts” – 4:53
  6. “Where I Like It Best” – 5:34
  7. “Tried to Be a Man” – 3:43
  8. “Circle in the Sand” – 3:29
  9. “Donkey Ride” – 3:52
  10. “7th Day” – 4:53
  11. “Elvis Cadillac” – 2:44
  12. “Road to Emmaus” – 4:29
  13. “I Was There” – 5:31

Balm in Gilead

Released 2009

Balm in Gilead in 2009 marked a return to a more traditional songwriting approach for Rickie Lee Jones. The album features contributions from Vic Chesnutt and Alison Krauss, enhancing its emotional depth. It was produced by Rickie Lee Jones and recorded at various studios including The Village Recorder in Los Angeles.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Wild Girl” – 4:44
  2. “Old Enough” – 4:23
  3. “Remember Me” – 2:52
  4. “The Moon Is Made of Gold” – 3:02
  5. “His Jeweled Floor” – 4:11
  6. “Eucalyptus Trail” – 3:59
  7. “The Blue Ghazel” – 4:51
  8. “The Gospel of Carlos, Norman and Smith” – 4:21
  9. “Bonfires” – 4:16
  10. “Bayless St.” – 4:13

The Devil You Know

Released 2012

The Devil You Know, released in 2012, is an album where Rickie Lee Jones covers classic rock and folk songs by artists like the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, and Tim Hardin. This project was praised for its minimalist arrangements and Jones’ raw vocal delivery. The album showcased a stripped-down approach, focusing on her voice and minimal instrumentation. The album was produced by Ben Harper and featured Jones primarily on vocals and guitar. Recording took place at The Carriage House in Los Angeles, California.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Sympathy for the Devil” – 5:29
  2. “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” – 4:11
  3. “Masterpiece” – 4:02
  4. “The Weight” – 4:47
  5. “St. James Infirmary” – 5:14
  6. “Seems Like a Long Time” – 4:32
  7. “Catch the Wind” – 4:15

The Other Side of Desire

Released 2015

In 2015, Rickie Lee Jones released The Other Side of Desire, an album that blends New Orleans jazz, pop, and folk influences. Recorded in New Orleans, this album reflects the city’s rich musical landscape and features local musicians. Jones worked with producer John Porter, and the recording sessions took place in various studios around New Orleans, Louisiana.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Jimmy Choos” – 4:00
  2. “Valtz de Mon Pere (Lovers’ Waltz)” – 4:28
  3. “J’ai Connais Pas” – 3:38
  4. “Blinded by the Hunt” – 4:24
  5. “Infinity” – 4:32
  6. “I Wasn’t Here” – 3:25
  7. “Christmas in New Orleans” – 4:08
  8. “Haunted” – 3:54
  9. “Feet on the Ground” – 4:18
  10. “Juliette” – 3:23
  11. “Finale; (A Spider in the Circus of the Falling Star)” – 2:57

Kicks

Released 2019

Kicks, released in 2019, is an album by Rickie Lee Jones that features covers of rock, pop, and jazz songs from the 1950s through the 1970s.  The album was recorded in New Orleans, Louisiana, and was produced by Rickie Lee Jones and Mike Dillon.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Bad Company” – 4:10
  2. “My Fathers Gun” – 4:15
  3. “Lonely People” – 3:25
  4. “Houston” – 2:43
  5. “Quicksilver Girl” – 2:44
  6. “Dark End of the Street” – 3:42
  7. “You’re Nobody till Somebody Loves You” – 3:45
  8. “Nagasaki” – 2:51
  9. “Mack the Knife” – 3:22
  10. “End of the World” – 3:14

Pieces of Treasure

Released 2023

Pieces of Treasure, released in 2023, sees Rickie Lee Jones exploring her jazz roots more deeply than ever before. The album was produced by Russ Titelman and features a collaboration with notable jazz musicians, including Christian McBride on bass. It was recorded at Avatar Studios in New York City.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Weasel and the White Boys Cool” – 5:12
  2. “Company” – 4:59
  3. “Beat Angels” – 4:06
  4. “Rodeo Girl” – 4:45
  5. “Satellites” – 4:58
  6. “Altar Boy” – 4:10
  7. “Stewart’s Coat” – 3:53
  8. “Running from Mercy” – 5:02
  9. “A Tree on Allenford” – 5:00
  10. “The Albatross” – 4:02

RICKIE LEE JONES LIVE ALBUMS

Naked Songs: Live and Acoustic

Released 1995

Naked Songs: Live and Acoustic is a live album by Rickie Lee Jones released in 1995. This album captures Jones in a series of solo performances, delivering her songs with only her voice and acoustic guitar.

Track Listings:
  1. “The Horses” – 4:46
  2. “Weasel and the White Boys Cool” – 6:02
  3. “Altar Boy” – 2:48
  4. “It Must Be Love” – 4:15
  5. “Young Blood” – 4:04
  6. “The Last Chance Texaco” – 4:55
  7. “Skeletons” – 3:37
  8. “Magazine” – 4:06
  9. “Living It Up” – 6:26
  10. “We Belong Together” – 4:59
  11. “Coolsville” – 4:33

Live at Red Rocks

Released 2001

Live at Red Rocks is a live album recorded by Rickie Lee Jones at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre in 2001.

CD Track Listings:
  1. “Flying Cowboys” – 5:03
  2. “Satellites” – 4:58
  3. “Chuck E.’s in Love” – 3:31
  4. “Weasel and the White Boys Cool” – 6:02
  5. “Coolsville” – 3:52
  6. “Stewart’s Coat” – 4:30
  7. “Autumn Leaves” – 4:52
  8. “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” – 4:20
  9. “Deep Space” – 3:10
  10. “Rodeo Girl” – 4:49

RICKIE LEE JONES COMPILATION ALBUMS

Duchess of Coolsville: An Anthology

Released 2005

Duchess of Coolsville: An Anthology is a comprehensive compilation album released by Rickie Lee Jones in 2005. This anthology spans her career, including hits, deep cuts, and previously unreleased tracks.

CD Track Listings:

Disc 1:

  1. “Chuck E.’s in Love” – 3:31
  2. “On Saturday Afternoons in 1963” – 2:31
  3. “Night Train” – 3:18
  4. “Young Blood” – 4:07
  5. “Easy Money” – 3:20
  6. “The Last Chance Texaco” – 4:08
  7. “Danny’s All-Star Joint” – 4:06
  8. “Coolsville” – 3:52
  9. “Weasel and the White Boys Cool” – 6:02
  10. “Company” – 4:54
  11. “After Hours” – 2:15

Disc 2:

  1. “Living it Up” – 6:26
  2. “Skeletons” – 3:37
  3. “Woody and Dutch on the Slow Train to Peking” – 5:16
  4. “Pirates” – 3:51
  5. “A Lucky Guy” – 4:16
  6. “Traces of the Western Slopes” – 8:01
  7. “The Returns” – 2:21
  8. “The Real End” – 5:09

Disc 3:

  1. “It’s Like This” – 4:23
  2. “Stewart’s Coat” – 4:30
  3. “Chuck E.’s in Love” (live) – 3:39
  4. “Autumn Leaves” (live) – 4:52
  5. “Rodeo Girl” (live) – 4:49
  6. “We Belong Together” (live) – 5:15
  7. “Coolsville” (live) – 4:34

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