Madeleine Peyroux - Careless Love (3LP)
Madeleine Peyroux - Careless Love (3LP)
Madeleine Peyroux - Careless Love (3LP)
Madeleine Peyroux - Careless Love (3LP)
Madeleine Peyroux - Careless Love (3LP)
Madeleine Peyroux - Careless Love (3LP)

Madeleine Peyroux - Careless Love (3LP)

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Original Album plus previously unreleased 2005 live recordings 

Vocals, Acoustic Guitar – Madeleine Peyroux [click here to see more vinyl featuring Madeleine Peyroux]

Bass – David Piltch (A1 to B6)

Drums, Percussion – Jay Bellerose (A1 to B6)

Guitar – Dean Parks (A1 to B6)

Percussion – Scott Amendola (B4)

Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Celesta – Larry Goldings (A1 to B6)

Trumpet – Lee Thornburg (A6, B6)

Piano – Kevin Hays (C1 to F3)

Drums – Scott Amendola (C1 to F3)

Bass – Matt Penman (C1 to F3)

Written by Madeleine Peyroux (A2, C3), Leonard Cohen (A1, C1), Jesse Harris (A2, C3), Larry Klein (A2, C3), James P. Johnson (A3, C2), Saul Bernie (A3, C2), Stella Unger (A3, C2), Bob Dylan (A4, C4), Steven Paul Smith (A5, D1), Bob Russell (A6, D4), Salvador Camarata (A6, D4), Gene Austin (B1, E1), Nathaniel Shilkret (B1, E1), Géorges Konyn (B2, D2), Henri Vantard (B2, D2), Vincent Scotto (B2, D2), Hank Williams (B3), Douglass Cross (B4, E3), George Cory (B4, E3), Martha Koenig (B5, F1), Spencer Williams (B5, F1), W. C. Handy (B5, F1), Ernest Schweikert (B6, F3), Frank Reardon (B6, F3), Nino Rota (B6), Alan W. Block (D3), Donald Hecht (D3), Burton Lane (E2), Frank Loesser (E2), Marvin Fisher (F2), Roy Alfred (F2)


3 LPs, triple gatefold jacket 

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : Black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’


Live & Studio

Record Press : MPO (France)

Label : Craft Recordings

Original label : Rounder (studio album)

A1 to B6 recorded at Market Street Recording Studios (Venice, Los Angeles) and Paramount Recording Studios (Hollywood) ; C1 to F3 recorded live At Festival De Jazz De Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, July 2005

Engineered and mixed by Helik Hadar (A1 to B6), Basque Public Radio (C1 to F3)

Produced by Larry Klein

Mastered by Paul Blakemore

Lacquer cut by Daniel Krieger

Photography by Andrew MacNaughtan

Expanded liner notes from Ashley Kahn

Originally released in September 2004 (studio album)

Reissued in 2021 (first release of the live recordings)



Side A:

  1. Dance Me To The End Of Love
  2. Don't Wait Too Long
  3. Don't Cry Baby
  4. You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
  5. Between The Bars
  6. No More

Side B:

  1. Lonesome Road
  2. J'ai Deux Amours
  3. Weary Blues
  4. I'll Look Around
  5. Careless Love
  6. This Is Heaven To Me

Side C:

  1. Dance Me To The End Of Love
  2. Don't Cry Baby
  3. Don't Wait Too Long
  4. You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go

Side D:

  1. Between The Bars
  2. J'ai Deux Amours
  3. Walking After Midnight
  4. No More

Side E:

  1. Lonesome Road
  2. I Hear Music
  3. I'll Look Around

Side F:

  1. Careless Love
  2. Destination Moon
  3. This Is Heaven To Me



            “Madeleine Peyroux took eight long years to follow up her acclaimed 1996 debut, Dreamland. While her website claims non-chalantly that she "took a breather," it still amounts to a courageous act. Careless Love was produced by Larry Klein who hired some heavy hitters for these sessions; they include Larry Goldings, Scott Amendola, David Piltch, and Dean Parks.

            Even on first listen, Careless Love appears more focused than its predecessor. Klein's sense of restraint seeks subtler adventures in presenting Peyroux's voice and remarkable phrasing. The material is a curious collection of modern pop songs, country tunes, old nuggets, and the original, "Don't Wait Too Long," co-written with Klein and Jesse Harris. Peyroux's opening read of Leonard Cohen's "Dance Me to the End of Love" is radical, it's still presented as a cabaret song, but deliberately lacks the drama of the original; instead, her tender annunciation draws closer attention to the powerful emotion in its lyric.

            Bob Dylan's "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" portrays the song's object as physically and emotionally present, to the delighted protagonist who knows sadness is approaching. Parks' guitar playing is sparse but physical; Amendola's brushwork complements Jay Bellerose's spare cymbal and tom-tom work, and Goldings' grooving organ and piano. The hinge track is Peyroux's version of Elliiot Smith's "Between The Bars" introduced by taut sonic ambience whispering in the backdrop, as Goldings' celeste underscores the atmospherics with a haunted groove. Amendola's brushes whisper and shimmer, allowing the singer to explore the lyric's devastatingly melancholic depths. The skeletal, ghostly treatment given Hank Williams' "Weary Blues" floats free of its country trappings. The band surround Peyroux's voice with uptown blues. Likewise, the title track, a standard composed by W.C. Handy, weds the sensual swing of Saturday R&B to Sunday morning gospel sway. Driven by B-3 organ and Rhodes piano, Parks adds dirty, spidery guitar, allowing Peyroux to seemingly swim inside the lyric, as it slowly and sensuously drips from her mouth. In choosing Klein for Careless Love -- one of the most empathetic producers of female vocalists -- Peyroux understood what was at stake in returning after such a long break. In the interim she's become a more confident, chancy, and commanding singer. She gets inside lyrics fully; she embraces her accompaniment as an aid in their expression rather than as merely a support vehicle. Balance that with the choice of material, and this set easily avoids the "sophomore jinx," and rises head and shoulders above the accomplishment presented on her debut.” Careless Love Review by Thom Jurek

            “Along with a remastered version of the LP that was cut from the original master tapes, Craft Recordings' new deluxe edition of Careless Love adds a concert recorded during the world tour that followed the studio album. On July 15, 2005, at the Festival de Jazz de Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain, Peyroux performed Careless Love in its entirety along with a drowsy rendition of an iconic Patsy Cline hit ('Walkin' After Midnight') and a peppy take of a Loesser and Lane standard ('I Hear Music'). The material from Careless Love doesn't stray far from the originals, but those performances have their own charms, including readings of 'No More' and 'I'll Look Around' that remind us just how powerful ballads can be when a great singer slows the songs way down and pours her heart and soul into every line.” Jeff Wilson, The Absolute Sound, January 2022


            Ratings :

            AllMusic : 4 / 5 ; Discogs : 4.22 / 5  ;  The Absolute Sound : 5 / 5 Music, 4 / 5 Sonics

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