New Collection of Pop, Rock and Jazz Covers from the ’50s-’70s includes Sophisticated Takes on Material from the Likes of Louis Armstrong, Bad Company, Elton John, America & Steve Miller!
Rickie Lee Jones is that rare musician who has transcended the singer/songwriter mantle by incorporating different radio genres from the get-go and she continues that tradition on her newest collection of songs from the great American songbook entitled Kicks. The album spans two decades (50s-70s) of pop, rock and jazz, presenting her unique and sophisticated interpretations of these songs. It’s fitting that one of the American treasures of songwriters should be comfortable with this diverse collection of the great songwriters of the 20th century – she is one of them.
On Kicks, she brings emotion to sleeper album tracks like “My Fathers Gun” and her tongue-in-cheek humor to songs like “Houston.” The album is introduced by the insistent track of hope “Lonely People,” which was a Top Five Billboard hit in 1974 for America.
1. “Bad Company” (Bad Company, 1974)
2. “My Fathers Gun” (Elton John, 1970)
3. “Lonely People” (America, 1974)
4. “Houston” (Sanford Clark, 1964; made famous by Dean Martin, 1965)
5. “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You” (Russ Morgan, 1944; made famous by Dean Martin, 1960/1964)
6. “Nagasaki” (Ipana Troubadours, 1928; most famous by Benny Goodman Quartet, 1952)
7. “Mack The Knife” (Louis Armstrong, 1956; made famous by Bobby Darin, 1958)
8. “Quicksilver Girl” (Steve Miller Band, 1968)
9. “End Of The World” (Skeeter Davis, 1962)
10. “Cry” (Ruth Casey, 1951; made famous by Johnnie Ray and the Four Lads, 1951)