Cadillac Walk: The Mink DeVille Collection

Cadillac Walk: The Mink DeVille Collection

by Mink DeVille


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This 22-track import collection of Mink DeVille tunes contains over two-thirds of the tracks cut by the original band -- before Louis X. Erlanger and crew left and Willy DeVille continued with different musicians -- and culled from Cabretta, Return to Magenta, and Le Chat Bleu. Issued in the E.U. and distributed by Caroline Records in the United States, this collection was produced and annotated brilliantly by former Creem editor and writer Ben Edmonds. It was issued for the first time in 2001, but has been digitally remastered in 24-bit audio and includes virtually every track any serious fan of Mink DeVille would want, from "Venus of Avenue D" and "Cadillac Walk" to "Spanish Stroll," "Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl" "'A' Train Lady," "Guardian Angel," and "Just to Walk That Little Girl Home." The band was fortunate enough to work with the late great Jack Nitzsche, Steve Douglas, and Doc Pomus. During the punk era, this was saying something. Mink DeVille may have played the punk clubs, and they had the attitude, but musically they were rooted in American traditional rock & roll, soul, and blues. This collection, now in stellar sound, is a testament to one of the greatest all-but-unsung legacies in rock history.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/03/2007
Label: Caroline
UPC: 0724353501624
catalogNumber: 35016
Rank: 23163

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mink DeVille   Primary Artist
Steve Douglas & the Rebel Rousers   Saxophone
Willy DeVille   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Group Member
David Forman   Background Vocals
Eve Moon   Background Vocals
Jack Nitzsche   Celeste
Bees   Background Vocals
Max Bowman   Background Vocals
Louie Erlanger   Guitar,Group Member
Val Heron   Background Vocals
Jackie Kelso   Saxophone
Bobby Leonards   Keyboards,Group Member
Kenny Margolis   Accordion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jerry Scheff   Bass
Ron Tutt   Drums
Mike Johnson   Background Vocals
Immortals   Group
Cleon Douglas   Background Vocals
Jake Jacobs   Background Vocals
T.R. Allen Jr. "Manfred"   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Steve Douglas & the Rebel Rousers   Producer
Willy DeVille   Producer
Jack Nitzsche   Arranger,Producer
Jean-Claude Petit   String Arrangements
Chris Coffin   Engineer
Ben Edmonds   Liner Notes
Gerry Gabinelli   Engineer
Mark Howlett   Engineer
Kim King   Engineer
J.D. Martin   Composer
Janet Grey   Art Direction
Peter Halm   Art Direction

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Cadillac Walk: The Mink DeVille Collection 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
paul2406 More than 1 year ago
missing the brilliant ' italian shoes'.
poughkeepsiejohn More than 1 year ago
One of the great things about the New York punk scene in the late 1970's was that it spawned so many different bands. You had groups like Blondie, who played 60's style British Invasion music. There was Talking Heads with their jangly, guitar-based art rock. You had truly unique and original bands like The Ramones and Television, whose influence who go far beyond their lack of record sales. And then, there was Mink DeVille, a group rooted in 1960's soul music whose lead singer, Willy DeVille, had more in common with Ben E. King than Iggy Pop. Even his appearance---sharp suit, skinny tie and black pompadour---made him stand out. Though technically Mink DeVille was Willy and guitarist Louis X. Erlanger, the group recorded for Capitol Records in the 1970's and those fine moments are captured on "The Mink DeVille Collection". One had to be amazed at how Willy could go from a touching Drifters-style ballad like "Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl" to a snarling Lou Reed drawl on "Spanish Stroll" (which became a big hit in England). His band was fine, too, thanks mostly to the work of Erlanger and sax player extraordinaire Teenage Steve Douglas. In fact, Douglas would end up producing what would be DeVille's greatest album, "Le Chat Bleu". Recorded in France, this album contained Springsteen-style rockers ("This Must Be The Night") as well as 50's doo-wop nuggets like "Bad Boy". Those songs are featured here as well, including the songs DeVille wrote with legendary songwriter, Doc Pomus ("That World Outside" and "Just To Walk That Little Girl Home"). After "Le Chat Bleu", DeVille was dropped from Capitol Records. He recorded a few more albums with Atlantic but they were nowhere near as great. He would eventually leave the Gotham and drift towards New Orleans making some impressive music there once in a while. When Willy DeVille died in 2009, he was a big star in much of Europe but almost completely forgotten here at home. You listen to this impressive collection and you realize he deserved better.