Mission Bell

Mission Bell

by Amos LeeAmos Lee


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Recorded in Arizona with Calexico's Joey Burns producing, Amos Lee's fourth studio album, 2011's Mission Bell, finds the singer/songwriter in a thoughtful mood and once again wrapping his soulful folk numbers in country, blues, and soft rock. A ruminative, lazy summer day of an album, Mission Bell is not dissimilar to Lee's last effort, 2008's Last Days at the Lodge, but lacks the more contemporary R&B tracks that made Last Days a bit of a departure from Lee's more granola leanings. Here listeners get the introspective leadoff track "El Camino" and the airy Steve Winwood-sounding ballad "Violin." Similarly engaging is the jaunty mid-album anthem "Flower," which is equal parts the Commodores' "Easy" and Hall & Oates' "She's Gone." Lee is a talented songwriter with a distinctive pop voice who is becoming recognized as an heir to the American singer/songwriter throne -- a notion given weight by the addition of several well-known guest artists here, including roots rocker Lucinda Williams and country legend Willie Nelson.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2011
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 5099962976626
catalogNumber: 29766
Rank: 53042

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amos Lee   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Vibes
Willie Nelson   Vocals,Guitar (Nylon String)
Lucinda Williams   Vocals
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Joey Burns   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Bowed Bass,Vibes,Upright Bass,Wurlitzer,Guitar (Nylon String),Guitar (Tenor),Guitar (Baritone)
James Gadson   Drums,Tambourine,Background Vocals
Greg Leisz   Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Weissenborn
John Convertino   Drums
Craig Schumacher   Harmonica,Synthesizer Bass
Johnny O'Halloran   Bowed Saw
Pieta Brown   Background Vocals
Sam Beam   Background Vocals
Jacob Valenzuela   Trumpet
Jaron Olevsky   Organ,Synthesizer,Banjo,Percussion,Piano,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Bowed Bass,Shaker,fender rhodes,Upright Bass,Wurlitzer
Priscilla Ahn   Background Vocals
Zach Djanikian   Background Vocals
Brian Lopez   Background Vocals
Laura Kepner-Adney   Background Vocals
Gabrielle Pietrangelo   Background Vocals
Caroline Isaacs   Background Vocals
Mutlu Onaral   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Joey Burns   Producer
Eric Liljestrand   Engineer
Chris Schultz   Engineer
Amos Lee   Composer
Jake Blanton   Engineer
Jen Mussari   Illustrations
John Svek   Engineer
Burton Young   Art Direction
Halemanu Villiarimo   Engineer

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Mission Bell 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amos Lee has a unique style with both his songs and the combination of multiple musicians. We look forward to obtaining more Amos Lee albums.
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