Lyle Lovett

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Lyle Lovett

Lyle Lovett's debut, self-named album. Early signs of the eclectic mix of styles he has shown across a long career that always surprises and pleases his fans with new sounds and the ever-present wry sense of humor in his songwriting.

Track Listing

Side One

Cowboy Man
God Will
Farther Down the Line
This Old Porch
Why I Don't Know

Side Two

If I Were the Man You Wanted
You Can't Resist It
The Waltzing Fool
An Acceptable Level of Ecstasy (The Wedding Song)
Closing Time

Lyle Lovett's debut, self-named album. Early signs of the eclectic mix of styles he has shown across a long career that always surprises and pleases his fans with new sounds and the ever-present wry sense of humor in his songwriting.

Track Listing

Side One

Cowboy Man
God Will
Farther Down the Line
This Old Porch
Why I Don't Know

Side Two

If I Were the Man You Wanted
You Can't Resist It
The Waltzing Fool
An Acceptable Level of Ecstasy (The Wedding Song)
Closing Time

MCA-5748

Recorded at Chaton Recordings, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Engineered by Steven Moore; Assistant Engineer Andy Seagle

Session Personnel

  • Mathew McKenzie – bass
  • Jeff Borree – drums
  • Matt Rollings – acoustic and electric piano
  • Mark Prenticeorgan
  • Lyle Lovett – acoustic guitar
  • Ray Herndonelectric rhythm guitar & background vocals
  • Billy Williamselectric lead guitar
  • Tom Mortensen – steel guitar
  • Glen Duncan – fiddle
  • Steve Marsh – saxophones
  • James Gilmercongas
  • J. David Sloan – background vocals
  • Bass on "Farther Down the Line" – Emory Gordy, Jr.
  • Drums on "Farther Down the Line", "This Old Porch", & "An Acceptable Level of Ecstasy" – Bob Warren
  • Piano on "God Will" & "Farther Down the Line" – Mark Prentice
  • Synthesizer on "You Can't Resist It" – John Jarvis
  • Acoustic lead guitar on "God Will", "Farther Down the Line" & "If I Were the Man You Wanted" – Mac McAnally
  • Electric rhythm guitar on "You Can't Resist It" – Vince Gill & Jon Goin
  • Electric lead guitar on "Farther Down the Line" and "Why I Don't Know" – Ray Herndon
  • Electric lead guitar on "You Can't Resist It" – Jon Goin
  • Background vocals on "You Can't Resist It" – Rosanne Cash & Lyle Lovett
  • Background vocals on "An Acceptable Level of Ecstasy – Francine Reed
  • Saxophones arranged by Billy Williams
  • Produced by Tony Brown and Lyle Lovett
  • Associate producer Billy Williams

 

 

Editor review

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Where it all begain

I guess I was so busy graduating from university and getting a job that I somehow missed out on Lyle Lovett when this album struck in 1986. It didn't take me long, though, to discover this singer-songwriter with the funny looks, smooth voice and thoughtful made-you-think-again lyrics.



Lyle Lovett is, obviously, his debut album and the songs on it are a powerhouse of songwriting ability. "This Old Porch" has been one of my favorite songs since the day I first heard it and the lyrics can still stop me in my tracks with lings like:



This old porch is the Palace walk-in

On the main street of Texas

That's never seen the day of G and R and Xs

With that '62 poster

That's almost faded down

And a screen without a picture

Since Giant came to town



And it goes on from there. "God Will" is a wonderful piece of writing that most anyone has that "Aha" moment about and "If I Were the Man You Wanted" is a thought that has occurred to us all at one time or another in a relationship. Like most of the best Texas songwriters, Lyle Lovett is about truth. His lyrics, his sound, his musical feel ring true as a tuning fork--and sound much better.



It's easy to compare Lovett to Guy Clark--especially since there is a note on the back of the cover from that well-known master songwriter. The sense of humor is similar but Lovett brings more musical chops to his work than Clark--and that's not to diminish Clark's skills by any means.



The pressing of this 20-year old LP is a good one. It's clean and the sound it delivers is beyond serviceable. There are few recording tricks and frills in this recording. But, then again, why should there be? Can't this music stand on it's own?

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