Places I Have Never Been [Bonus Tracks]

Places I Have Never Been [Bonus Tracks]

by Willie Nile



After releasing a pair of fine albums for Arista, Willie Nile signed a deal with Geffen Records in 1982, but a dispute with the label put Nile's recording career in limbo, and he ended up not making an album until he struck a deal with Columbia and released Places I Have Never Been in 1991. While in many respects Nile's debut was the purest expression of his music, Places I Have Never Been is where he really nailed the elements of record making; unlike the lean, stark textures of Willie Nile or the overcooked bombast of Golden Down, Places I Have Never Been boasts a sound and an approach that really flatter Nile's songs, and it's certainly his most eclectic and musically adventurous major-label set. T-Bone Wolk and Stewart Lerman produced the album with Nile, and though there's a bit more polish on these tracks than they really need, the team also matched up Nile with some stellar studio players (as well as some Grade-A guest stars, among them Roger McGuinn and Richard Thompson), and they fill out Nile's arrangements with a lot more finesse than on his previous sets. Nile also delivered a set of terrific songs for this album, and he rarely sounded as joyous as on the title cut and "That's Enough for Me," as edgy and expressive as on "Café Memphis" and "Children of Paradise," and as passionate as on "Heaven Help the Lonely," which sounds like the hit single Nile deserved but never got. Nile's luck with Columbia proved to be no better than he had with Arista, and his next release would be financed on his own dime and released by his own label, but that doesn't change the fact that Places I Have Never Been is a solid and beautifully crafted record from a gifted songwriter who also knows how to rock on out, and shows both these talents to his advantage on this disc. [In 2009, Willie Nile reissued Places I Have Never Been in an expanded edition through River House Records. The new release includes early demo versions of three songs from the album, "Café Memphis," "Heaven Help the Lonely," and "Renegades," and while they lack the polish of the takes that made it to the final album, the arrangements follow similar paths and reveal that Nile's vision for this album was clearly formed long before he went into the studio. The disc closes out with a rough but fiery live recording of "Don't Die"; it generates enough excitement that one hopes an album of vintage Willie Nile concert tapes is in the works somewhere. The bonus cuts may not be quite enough by themselves to convince longtime fans to replace their aging copies of Places I Have Never Been, but considering how long the album has been out of print, anyone who's looking for it now can have it with a bonus at a reasonable price, and that's the fate this fine disc deserves.]

Product Details

Release Date: 04/14/2009
Label: Megaforce
UPC: 0020286132127
catalogNumber: 61321

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Nile   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Loudon Wainwright   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Richard Thompson   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Joy Askew   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Clay Barnes   Guitar,Background Vocals
Eric Bazilian   Mandolin,Vocals
Larry Campbell   Fiddle
Dean Chamberlain   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Mickey Curry   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jay Dee Daugherty   Drums
Rick DiFonzo   Guitar
Rob Hyman   Accordion
Stewart Lerman   Organ,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Robbie McIntosh   Guitar
Roger McGuinn   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Suzzy Roche   Background Vocals
Steuart Smith   Guitar,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Brian Stanley   Bass
Paul "Wix" Wickens   Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
William Wittman   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Peter Wood   Piano,Keyboards
Terre Roche   Background Vocals
Danny Louis   Keyboards
Anthony Aquilato   Background Vocals
James Cobb   Background Vocals
JoJo Joonan   Background Vocals
Kelly Moore   Background Vocals
Mel Papaterpos   Background Vocals
Atticus Finch   Organ
Frank Velardi   Drums
T-Bone Wolk   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Peter Hoffman   Guitar
Robert Noonan   Background Vocals
Richard Kennedy   Guitar
Mary Noonan   Background Vocals
Luke Noonan   Piano,Vocals
Jennifer Krause   Background Vocals
Mark Johnson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Willie Nile   Producer,Audio Production
John Agnello   Engineer
Dean Chamberlain   Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
Rick Chertoff   Executive Producer
Tim Leitner   Engineer
Stewart Lerman   Producer
William Wittman   Producer,Engineer
Danny Louis   drum programming,Audio Production
Ted Trewhella   Engineer
T-Bone Wolk   Producer
Deborah Maniaci   Art Direction

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