Willy DeVille - Crow Jane Alley

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Crow Jane Alley is the 13th studio album by American singer-songwriter Willy DeVille, originally released in September 2004 via Eagle Records.

Willy DeVille was an American singer and songwriter. During his thirty-five-year career, first with his band Mink DeVille (1974–1986) and later on his own, Deville created original songs rooted in traditional American musical styles. He worked with collaborators from across the spectrum of contemporary music, including Jack Nitzsche, Doc Pomus, Dr. John, Mark Knopfler, Allen Toussaint, and Eddie Bo. Latin rhythms, blues riffs, doo-wop, Cajun music, strains of French cabaret, and echoes of early-1960s uptown soul can be heard in DeVille's work.

For Crow Jane Alley, Willy DeVille was joined by members of the Chicano Rock band Quetzal, David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, and Peruvian Afro-Cuban jazz drummer Alex Acuña, among other prominent musicians. The album was produced by John Philip Shenale, the third album Shenale produced for DeVille.

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. This is the work of an artist who, after thirty plus years in the business still has the ability to surprise and delight his listeners. Uncut said, "DeVille continues to excel at conjuring new tricks from old genres — Drifters-scented barrio pop, booming melodrama and accordion-laced trysts are rendered with verve and sensitivity […] a welcome slice of swamp-pop heaven."

DeVille begins Crow Jane Alley on a dubious note with "Chieva", an ambivalent song about recovering from heroin addiction, but then turns his attention to romance and gets it all right. His renditions of Bryan Ferry's "Slave To Love" and Jay and the Americans' "Come A Little Bit Closer" bring their own drama and gravity to the material, while such homemade numbers as the convincingly authentic mojo-wielding "Muddy Waters Rose Out of the Mississippi Mud," the surging "Right There, Right Then" and the rustic waltztime "(Don't Have a) Change of Heart" are small strokes of heartfelt majesty.

This is now available on vinyl for the very first time!

This is a Music On Vinyl reissue (January 2015) on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl with a Printed Insert, pressed in Europe.









Right There, Right Then



Downside Of Town



My Forever Came Today



Crow Jane Alley (for Jack)



Muddy Waters Rose Out Of The Mississippi Mud



Come A Little Bit Closer



Slave To Love



(Don't Have A) Change Of Heart



Trouble Comin' Everyday In A World Gone Wrong                      


SKU 8718469537495
Record Label Eagle Records
Label / Model # Music On Vinyl
Catalogue Number MOVLP1266
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 19 January 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 21 September 2004
Barcode # 8718469537495
Shipping Weight 0.2900kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Insert
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre R&B
Genre Soul
Genre Latin
Genre Blues

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