I Love Everybody

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I Love Everybody
Studio album by Lyle Lovett
Released Sept 27, 1994
Recorded Aug 31 1993 - Jan 12, 1994
Genre Country, folk
Length 52:41
Label Curb/MCA
Producer Lyle Lovett & Billy Williams
Lyle Lovett chronology
Joshua Judges Ruth
(1992)
I Love Everybody
(1994)
The Road to Ensenada
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Audio [2]
New York Times (favorable) [3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [4]
Stereo Review (favorable) [5]

I Love Everybody is an album recorded by Lyle Lovett and released in 1994. The album consists of songs written by Lovett prior to the recording of his first album, Lyle Lovett (1986) [1][4]

On the 8th track, "Record Lady," Lyle refers to college friend and fellow musician, Robert Earl Keen.

...Robert Earl, he's a friend of mine
You know he's always looking out for my best interest...

Several songs prominently feature one or more of Lovett's trademark penchants: wry humor (They Don't Like Me), playful surrealism (Penguins) and disturbing frankness (Creeps Like Me).

Lovett's wife at the time, Julia Roberts, provides backing vocals on several tracks. Other performers lending their voice include Rickie Lee Jones and Leo Kottke.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Lyle Lovett, except "Fat Babies" written with Eric Taylor

No. Title Length
1. "Skinny Legs"   2:42
2. "Fat Babies"   2:54
3. "I Think You Know What I Mean"   3:05
4. "Hello Grandma"   2:35
5. "Creeps Like Me"   2:14
6. "Sonja"   2:00
7. "They Don't Like Me"   2:34
8. "Record Lady"   4:11
9. "Ain't It Somethin'"   2:14
10. "Penguins"   2:31
11. "The Fat Girl"   2:00
12. "La To The Left"   3:20
13. "Old Friend"   3:13
14. "Just The Morning"   4:23
15. "Moon On My Shoulder"   2:20
16. "I've Got The Blues"   3:34
17. "Good-Bye To Carolina"   3:28
18. "I Love Everybody"   3:39

Personnel[edit]

  • Lyle Lovett – vocals, guitar
  • Kenny Aronoff – drums
  • Russ Kunkel – drums, percussion
  • John Leftwich – bass
  • Edgar Meyer – bass, string arrangements
  • Mark O'Connor – violin
  • Sid Page– violin, concert master
  • Claudia Parducci – violin, background vocals
  • John Hagen – cello, background vocals
  • Barbara Porter– violin
  • Steve Richards– cello
  • Daniel Smith– cello
  • Suzie Katayama – cello
  • Larry Corbett – cello
  • Joel Derouin – violin
  • Berj Garabedian – violin
  • Sweet Pea Atkinson – background vocals
  • Sir Harry Bowens – background vocals
  • Lt. Col. L.H. "Bucky" Burruss – background vocals
  • Willie Green, Jr. – background vocals
  • Paul Halperin – background vocals
  • Walter Hyatt – background vocals
  • Rickie Lee Jones – background vocals
  • Jim Kerr – background vocals
  • Leo Kottke – background vocals
  • Nathaniel Kunkel – background vocals
  • Gil Morales – background vocals
  • Harry Stinson – background vocals
  • Julia Roberts – background vocals
  • Eric Taylor – background vocals
  • Herb Pedersen – background vocals
  • Willis Alan Ramsey – background vocals
  • Ken Levitan – background vocals
  • Arnold McCuller – background vocals
  • Lee Thornburg – trumpet

Production notes[edit]

  • Produced by Lyle Lovett & Billy Williams
  • Nathaniel Kunkel – engineer, mixing
  • Gil Morales – engineer
  • Doug Sax – mastering
  • Marsha Burns – project coordinator
  • Tim Stedman – art direction, design
  • Jonas Livingston – art direction

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Top Albums 40
New Zealand Albums Chart 36
UK Albums Chart 54
US Billboard 200 26

Notes and sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "Allmusic review". Allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  2. ^ Michael Tearson, "Rock-Pop Recordings -- I Love Everybody by Lyle Lovett", Audio: The Equipment Authority, 78:10, October 1994, p. 60
  3. ^ Jon Pareles, "POP REVIEW: Lyle Lovett, From Wistful to Weird", New York Times, Nov 15, 1994 (link)
  4. ^ a b John Milward, Rolling Stone, Oct 6, 1994, p. 88 (link)
  5. ^ "Best Recordings of the Month: Lyle Lovett's I Love Everybody, Debussy preludes from Krystian Zimerman, the Allman Brothers Band's Where It All Begins, and Rossini's complete Semiramide", Stereo Review, 59:9, September 1994, p.87-91