Coup de Grâce (Mink DeVille album)
|Coup de Grâce|
|Studio album by Mink DeVille|
|Genre||Rock, Soul, doo-wop|
|Producer||Jack Nitzsche, Willy DeVille|
|Mink DeVille chronology|
Coup de Grâce, issued in 1981, is the fourth album by the rock band Mink DeVille. The album represented a departure for the band, as frontman Willy DeVille dismissed the only other remaining original member of the band, guitarist Louis X. Erlanger, and hired Helen Schneider's backup band ("The Kick") to record the album. Moreover, the album was recorded for Atlantic (Mink DeVille had previously recorded with Capitol).
DeVille told the New York Times:
- I had band problems, manager problems, record company problems. And yeah, I had drug problems. Finally I got a new recording contract, with Atlantic, and a new manager. I cleaned up my act. I figured that since playing music with people I was friends with didn't seem to work out, I would hire some mercenaries, some cats who just wanted to play and get paid. And those guys turned out to be more devoted to the music than any band I ever had. They're professional, precise, but they're full of fire, too."
- The band's sound combined with Nitzsche's timeless production style, which combined with that voice to create a purer rock & roll noise than even Bruce Springsteen's in 1981. The evidence is on the anthems "Maybe Tomorrow," the slippery doo-wop feel of "Love and Emotion," and the devastating read of Arthur Alexander's "You Better Move On" that includes in its soulful Spanish stroll mix a pair of marimbas and the ever-lamenting accordion, turning the track into something that is so deadly serious it should have perhaps been in West Side Story. This was Mink DeVille near their zenith as a recording unit.
The Record said about the album, "Coup de Grâce recapitulates and resolves the themes of Le Chat Bleu in an intriguing blend of soul-pop and razor-edged rock. Its influences are as distant as The Drifters and as contemporary as Bruce Springsteen."
Unless otherwise noted, all songs by Willy DeVille.
- "Just Give Me One Good Reason" – 3:17
- "Help Me Make It (Power of a Woman's Love)" (Eddie Hinton) – 4:09
- "Maybe Tomorrow" – 2:56
- "Teardrops Must Fall" – 4:12
- "You Better Move On" (Arthur Alexander) – 3:00
- "Love & Emotion" – 3:40
- "So in Love Are We" (Willy DeVille, Roger Rich) – 3:42
- "Love Me Like You Did Before" – 3:15
- "She Was Made in Heaven" – 2:59
- "End of the Line" – 2:49
- Ricky Borgia – guitar
- Louis Cortelezzi – baritone saxophone
- Willy DeVille – guitar, vocals
- Brother Johnny Espinet - percussion
- The Exhilarations - background vocals
- Ray Goodwin
- Alan Morgan
- Andy Deweese
- Joe Mendez
- Al "Butch" Floyd
- Jimmy Maelen - percussion
- Kenny Margolis – piano, accordion, vibraphone
- Eve Moon - background vocals
- Thommy Price – drums
- Joey Vasta – bass
- Jim Ball - engineering
- Bob Defrin - art direction
- Willy DeVille - producer
- Jack Nitzsche - arranger, producer
- Thom Panunzio - producer, engineer, associate producer
- John Pilgreen - cover photo
- Joyce Ravid – photography
- Sandi Young - design
- Editors History: After Cabretta. Willy DeVille Web site. (Retrieved 8-14-08.)
- Palmer, Robert (September 25, 1981) "Pop Jazz; Willy DeVille and the Mink in Weekend at the Savoy." New York Times.
- Allmusic review
- OOR End of the Year Lists. "Critics Top 10 Albums – 1981 ." OOR. (Retrieved 3-14-08.)
- Jurek, Thom (2007) “Review: Coup de Grace.” AllMusic. (Retrieved 4-22-09.)
- Mehler, Mark (December 1981) "Willy DeVille Goes His Own Way." The Record. Page 3.