Jennifer Warnes - The Well  (3LP, Box set, 45RPM)
Jennifer Warnes - The Well  (3LP, Box set, 45RPM)
Jennifer Warnes - The Well  (3LP, Box set, 45RPM)
Jennifer Warnes - The Well  (3LP, Box set, 45RPM)
Jennifer Warnes - The Well  (3LP, Box set, 45RPM)
Jennifer Warnes - The Well  (3LP, Box set, 45RPM)
Jennifer Warnes - The Well  (3LP, Box set, 45RPM)
Jennifer Warnes - The Well  (3LP, Box set, 45RPM)
Jennifer Warnes - The Well  (3LP, Box set, 45RPM)
Jennifer Warnes - The Well  (3LP, Box set, 45RPM)

Jennifer Warnes - The Well (3LP, Box set, 45RPM)

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Jennifer Warnes - vocals, background vocals

Martin Davich – piano, synthesizer, harmonium, keyboards, background vocals

Doyle Bramhall II – guitar, vocals, drums

Dean Parks – guitar, mandolin

Vinnie Colaiuta – drums

George Doering – guitar, mandolin

Abraham Laboriel – bass

Rick Cunha – guitar

Armando Compean – bass

Dave Stone – bass

Greg Leisz – pedal steel guitar

Leland Sklar – bass

Simeon Pillich – bass

Alex Acuña – drums

Steve Porcaro – synthesizer

Denny Freeman – piano

Matt Cartsonis – mandolin

Van Dyke Parks – accordion

Lenny Castro – percussion

John Spooner – field drums

Eric Rigler – bagpipe, Uilleann pipes, whistles

Max Carl – background vocals

Blondie Chaplin – vocals, background vocals

Kenny Edwards – background vocals

Arlo Guthrie – vocals, background vocals

 

3 LPs, Box set including a 12-page, large format booklet with notes, complete lyrics and new insights from Jennifer Warnes

Limited edition of 6,000 numbered copies

Includes three exclusive bonus tracks, "La Luna Brilla," "Fool For The Look (In Your Eyes)" and "Born In Time"

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 45 RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : RTI

Label : Impex

Original Label : Music Force

Produced by Jennifer Warnes, Martin Davich

Remastered by Bernie Grundman

Originally released in 2001

Reissued in 2009

 

Tracks:

Side A:

  1. A Fool For You
  2. Losing Hand
  3. One For My Baby

Side B :

  1. In the Evenin' Mama
  2. Hallelujah I Love Her So
  3. The Way That I Feel

Side C :

  1. Cotton Fields
  2. God Bless the Child

Side D :

  1. Mary Ann
  2. Sinner's Prayer
  3. Fare Thee Well

 

Reviews :

« Jennifer Warnes became a household name in the '70s with her hit "Right Time of the Night" and scored equally big with the Righteous Brothers' Bill Medley on "The Time of My Life" from the film Dirty Dancing. She also wowed critics and fans alike with Famous Blue Raincoat, her album of Leonard Cohen songs. In all, she's sold over 35 million records worldwide, but she's hardly a household name. Warnes has returned to the recording scene for the first time since 1992 with The Well, a collection ten songs co-produced with Martin Davich. And what a collection it is. As a singer and a songwriter, Warnes knows her strengths well. She understates lyrics and musical phrases as a way of getting them to open up on their own through her gorgeously wrought singing. She's no acrobat; she doesn't reach for the note that breaks the pitch-meter. Instead, she allows her voice to come up from the heart of the lyric she's singing. She wears the song and allows the song to adorn her as well, whether plaintively, as on the title track, one of her co-writes with Texas legend Doyle Bramhall, or her lilting, haunting, spiritual tome "Prairie Melancholy." When doing takes on the songs of others, such as Tom Waits' nugget "Invitation to the Blues," she imbues them with the soft, bluesy swing inherent in the original, but adds depth and dimension with her dry, reportorial storytelling (with fine guitar work from Doyle Bramhall). The songs on The Well seem spare and open, layered lightly, and full of room for Warnes' warm voice to reveal the wealth of emotions in the tunes themselves. But what's interesting is without it being noticeable to the listener, there are small but lush string sections, a few horns here and there, and a full-on four-piece rock band. Her reading of Billy Joel's "So It Goes" is virtually a reinvention of the song. She offers this song from a heart that has been cracked enough times, to paraphrase her friend Cohen, that it has been flooded with light. But it's the songs with Bramhall that are the masterpieces here; they reveal the subtle, bluesy textures of Texas and the strength in expressing one's vulnerability to forces one does not understand, such as on "The Panther." As if to underline the evidence, there is a vocal duet between them on Eddy Arnold's country swing gem "You Don't Know Me" that rivals Ray Charles' version for pure, expressive passion. With her stunning rendition of Arlo Guthrie's "Patriot's Dream," she is backed by a folk music symphony orchestra, with Guthrie himself lending a guest vocal as well as Blondie Chaplin and Kenny Edwards, with a Carmen accordion appearance by Van Dyke Parks. The set ends with a piano trio reprise of the title track that wraps all the magic up into a circle, as if these songs were a cycle of mystery, sensuality, and imagination from the very beginning. And, of course they were; Warnes isn't capable of anything less. Welcome back, Jennifer Warnes, you've been missed. » AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek

 

« Jennifer Warnes is one of the most underrated pop singers of her generation. Her albums, though few and far between, brim with melody and craft–and lyrics both intelligent and emotionally weighted. The Well was originally released in 2001 but time hasn’t dulled its spirit. Along with the title track, standouts include “Patriots Dream” in duet with Arlo Guthrie, a stunning cover of Tom Waits’ “Invitation to the Blues,” and Dylan’s classic [exclusive to this 45 rpm release] “Born In Time.” The songs are lovingly produced, inventively orchestrated, and stocked with a who’s who of studio musicians. But Warnes’ expressive vocals overshadow all. She’s a singer who asks a lot of her gifts, always seraching for finer degrees of nuance and dynamics like a painter mixing color on a palette. The reissue from Impex Records is a model for the premium LP industry. Its three-disc, 45 rpm 180-gram pressings are presented in an individually numbered wood box with a twelve-page, large format booklet that includes notes and lyrics. Bernie Grundman presided over the all-tube remastering. Sonically this is about as good as it gets from a studio-bred multitrack–fabulous acoustic textures, deep bass, and awesome ambience. A vinyl-lover’s dream come true. » NEIL GADER – ABSOLUTE SOUNDS MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2011

 

« Jennifer Warnes? Some will know her from her seventies hit “Right Time of the Night” while others will be more familiar with her duet with the Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley on “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” from the film Dirty Dancing. The cognoscenti will also know her from her critically acclaimed LP release, Famous Blue Raincoat, her album of Leonard Cohen songs. This album, originally released in 2001, scores in three ways: as a creative project, sonically and as a piece of art. As a vehicle for her carefully crafted songs, The Well is haunting, spiritual, lilting and innovative with a story to tell. As an object in itself, the album is a work of beauty. Presented within a wooden box, custom made for this release, with updated artwork and a numbered brass plaque positioned on the front, the package contains the album – which spans three discs – and a 12-page, large format book that features lyrics, notes plus words of wisdom from Warnes herself on each and every track. You also receive a piece of art presented on a card with a pearlescent finish and an article on the flip side penned by Texes author Brad Buccholz about The Well. The box set includes the original album tracks plus three bonus tracks: “La Luna Brilla,” “Fool For the Look (In Your Eyes)” and a Bob Dylan cover of “Born in Time.” Sonically, the album has been mastered on an all valve-based system via Bernie Grundman, known for his long term work with the now defunct Classic Records label. Mastered onto 45rpm disks, the album has that valve “glow” that coats the music with a rich analogue warmth. A dynamic recording, the vinyl provides an appreciably low, powerful bass with detailed upper frequencies. Easily the best recording of the album out there. » HI FI WORLD, MAY 2012

 

« The first thing you notice about this box set is its museum quality packaging. Instead of cardboard, the box is constructed of wood and impeccably finished in the highest quality paper stock. It’s easily one of the most beautiful record boxes ever. Inside the box, an equally gorgeous booklet and photo insert provide lyrics and production notes. How can the audio live up to such gorgeous packaging, I wondered.

Best known for her standard Famous Blue Raincoat and her hit duet with Joe Cocker for the soundtrack to An Officer and a Gentleman, Warnes has had a wonderful and varied career. She originally released The Well on CD in 2001 and retained all rights to the masters, an in 2010 Impex released a [remastered and expanded] gold CD of the album. The title tune refers to Jacob’s Well, an artisan spring in Texas hill country. Warnes’ singing is captivating on each number, but her rendition of “You Don’t Know Me” with Doyle Bramhall stand comparison with Ray Charles’ classic version. The LPs were mastered by Bernie Grundman and the sound is to die for. If my usual scale goes up to 10, I’m giving this an 11. It’s so good sounding its hard to listen to anything else afterwards. A home run that gets my highest recommendation. » DENNIS DAVIS, HIFI+, ISSUE 872

 

Ratings :

AllMusic : 4.5 / 5 , Discogs : 4,57 / 5

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