Ten Easy Pieces

Ten Easy Pieces

by Jimmy WebbJimmy Webb
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The idea of releasing a collection of Jimmy Webb's best known songs sung by the author himself may seem like a no-brainer, but it's taken 20+ years for it to happen, apparently mostly because Webb needed to put some distance between himself and most of these numbers, in order to approach them in a fresh manner that makes this disc more than a mere exploitation effort. The result is the best and most accessible of all Webb's albums, featuring his 1990s' takes on "Galveston," "By The Time I Get to Phoenix," "Didn't We," "MacArthur Park," "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress," "Wichita Lineman," and "All I Know," amongst others. His voice is more expressive than ever, and the performances are generally grittier, with more raw emotion than the better known hit versions display. The arrangements are generally very simple and straightforward, with Webb's piano the primary instrument, and several of the songs are performed in a deeply personal manner, more akin to home recording for Webb's own pleasure than to a commercial release -- "Wichita Lineman," in particular, sounds here like the most personal and private of performances, filled with wrenching loneliness at which the Glen Campbell version only hints. The notes are very personal and revealing as well.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/15/1996
Label: Angel Records
UPC: 0724385282621
catalogNumber: 52826
Rank: 26802

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Webb   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals
Marc Cohn   Background Vocals
Shawn Colvin   Background Vocals
Michael McDonald   Background Vocals
David Hetherington   Cello
Audrey King   Cello
Steven MacKinnon   Accordion
Matthew McCauley   Background Vocals
Fred Mollin   Acoustic Guitar,Autoharp,Background Vocals
Dean Parks   Guitar
Oliver Schroer   Fiddle
Susan Webb   Background Vocals
Lesley Young   Oboe
Paul Widner   Cello
Pat Perez   Soprano Saxophone
Steve Smith   Pedal Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Jimmy Webb   Contributor,Liner Notes
Bill Harwell   Engineer
Jay Landers   Executive Producer
Matthew McCauley   String Arrangements
Fred Mollin   Producer
Jeff Wolpert   Engineer
Glen Marchese   Engineer
Robert Abriola   Art Direction
Brian Nevin   Engineer

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