Thanks, I'll Eat It Here

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Thanks, I'll Eat It Here
Studio album by Lowell George
Released 1979
Genre Roots rock, southern rock, blues rock, swamp rock, R&B
Length 33:47
Label Warner Bros. Records
Producer Lowell George
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Thanks, I'll Eat it Here is the title of the only solo album by the late rock and roll singer-songwriter Lowell George. While George is best known for his work with Little Feat, by 1977 Lowell felt that they were moving increasingly into jazz-rock, a form in which he felt little interest. As a result, he began working on his own album. Thanks I'll Eat it Here is an eclectic mix of styles reminiscent of Little Feat's earlier albums - in particular Dixie Chicken, on which the track Two Trains originally appeared. The album was released just before the death of Lowell George in 1979 and has cover art by Neon Park (a feature of almost all Little Feat albums) containing several pop-/cult references including a picnic scene, mirroring Édouard Manet's "Le déjeuner sur l'herbe", which shows Bob Dylan, Fidel Castro and Marlene Dietrich as Der Blaue Engel with an open copy of Howl beside them.

Track listing[edit]

Unusual for a first solo album from a singer-songwriter, of the nine tracks on the original release only four were written by George, and of these three were collaborations. "What Do You Want the Girl to Do," "Easy Money," and "Can't Stand the Rain" were cover versions.

Timings of tracks are shown as minutes:seconds.

  1. "What Do You Want the Girl to Do" (Allen Toussaint)– 4:46
  2. "Honest Man" (Lowell George and Fred Tackett) – 3:45
  3. "Two Trains" (Lowell George) – 4:32
  4. "Can't Stand the Rain" (Ann Peebles) – 3:21
  5. "Cheek to Cheek" (Lowell George, Van Dyke Parks and Martin Kibbee)– 2:23
  6. "Easy Money" (Rickie Lee Jones)– 3:29
  7. "Twenty Million Things" (Lowell George and Jed Levy)– 2:50
  8. "Find a River" (Fred Tackett)– 3:45
  9. "Himmler's Ring" (Jimmy Webb)– 2:28
  10. "Heartache" (CD-bonus track with Valerie Carter) (Lowell George and Ivan Ulz)– 2:28

Cover art[edit]

The cover, painted by Neon Park, is a version of Édouard Manet's famous painting "Le déjeuner sur l'herbe" with Marlene Dietrich, Fidel Castro and Bob Dylan as the diners.

Personnel[edit]

Although they do not play together on any single track, Richie Hayward and Bill Payne, both members of Little Feat, play on the album. George was also able to call on the services of top-class session players and backing vocalists.

  • Lowell George - Guitar, Vocals and Production
  • Bonnie Raitt - Vocals
  • James Newton Howard - keyboards
  • Chuck Rainey - Bass
  • Denny Christianson - Keyboards
  • David Foster - Keyboards
  • Chilli Charles - Drums
  • Nicky Hopkins - Keyboards & Horn
  • Jim Price - Horn
  • Jim Keltner - Drums
  • Jim Gordon - Drums
  • Michael Baird - Drums & Bass
  • Dennis Belfield - Bass
  • Bobby Bruce - Violin, Guitar
  • Turner Stephen Bruton - Guitar & Horn
  • Dennis Christianson - Horn
  • Luis Damian - Guitar & keyboards
  • Gordon DeWitte - Keyboards & Piano
  • Maxine Dixon - Piano
  • Arthur Gerst - Piano
  • Jimmy Greenspoon - Guitar, Piano
  • Roberto Gutierrez - Vocals, Guitar, Drums
  • Richie Hayward - Drums
  • Jerry Jumonville - Saxophone & Guitar
  • Ron Koss - Guitar & Engineering
  • Darrell Leonard - Horn & Vocals
  • Maxayn Lewis - Vocals
  • David Paich - Drums
  • Jeff Porcaro - Drums, guitar
  • Dean Parks - Guitar & keyboards
  • Bruce Paulson - Keyboards
  • Bill Payne - Keyboards & Vocals
  • Herb Pedersen - Vocals
  • Joel Peskin - Vocals & Saxophone
  • John Phillips - Saxophone & Drums
  • Peggy Sandvig, Jim Self - Drums
  • Floyd Sneed - Drums & Vocals
  • J.D. Souther - Bass & Vocals
  • Paul Stallworth - Bass & guitar
  • Fred Tackett - Guitar & Vocals
  • Maxine Willard Waters - Vocals

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Brad Kanawyer, Michael Hollyfield - Design
  • Elizabeth George, James Howard, Bobby Marks - Photography
  • Donn Landee, Maxayn Lewis, Steve Madaio, George Massenburg - Engineering
  • Richard Hayward, Lee Herschberg - Digital Mastering

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1979 Billboard Pop Albums 71[2]

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