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|Studio album by Rickie Lee Jones|
|Released||September 26, 1989|
|Rickie Lee Jones chronology|
After the release of The Magazine in 1984, Jones retreated from the limelight. She married Pascal Nabet Meyer and gave birth to daughter Charlotte Rose in 1988 while working on her fourth full-length studio album.
Jones and Nabet Meyer had been writing and working together on new material for several years before the recording work commenced in 1988, with Becker as producer. Jones had expressed admiration for the work of Steely Dan, particularly their album The Royal Scam (1976).
Promotional copies of Flying Cowboys were packaged with an interview with Jones conducted by an unknown individual (previously misidentified as LeVar Burton). This interview is the source for a passage that is extensively sampled on British electronic group The Orb's 1990 hit "Little Fluffy Clouds".
St. Petersburg Times, Oct. 13, 1989 (4/5) – "[She] embraces adulthood and real life without sacrificing her cool, bohemian edge."
Time, Oct. 23, 1989 – "In Flying Cowboys...she sets down a kind of mystical confessional, full of allusive autobiography and reflective nonchalance. It has the breadth of an important book and the emotional impact of great rock 'n' roll."
Rolling Stone, Nov. 2, 1989 (4/5) – "While it explores a wealth of themes and musical styles, the album unfolds with the ongoing grace of one long song. What provides unity to the album's varied elements is its seductive rhythmic flow, the down-home surrealism of Jones's lyrics, the clarity and intelligence of Walter Becker's production and, of course, the sensual elasticity of Jones's extraordinary singing."
The New York Times, Dec. 24, 1989 – Best of 1989 – "Ms. Jones's newest suite of enigmatic dream songs drenched in personal mythology is an eccentric tour de force, as rich in imagery as it is self-dramatizing."
All tracks composed by Rickie Lee Jones; except where indicated
- "The Horses" (Walter Becker, Jones) – 4:47
- "Just My Baby" (Jones, Pascal Nabet-Meyer) – 4:44
- "Ghetto of My Mind" (Jones, Nabet-Meyer) – 6:12
- "Rodeo Girl" – 4:50
- "Satellites" – 4:54
- "Ghost Train" – 4:16
- "Flying Cowboys" (Sal Bernardi, Jones, Nabet-Meyer) – 5:02
- "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" (Les Chadwick, Leo Maguire, Gerry Marsden, Freddie Marsden) – 4:13
- "Love Is Gonna Bring Us Back Alive" (Jones, Nabet-Meyer) – 4:51
- "Away from the Sky" – 5:30
- "Atlas' Marker" – 5:58
Album - Billboard
|1989||The Billboard 200||39|
Singles - Billboard
|1989||"Satellites"||Modern Rock Tracks||23|
- Producer: Walter Becker, Executive Producers: Gary Gersh, Pascal Nabet Meyer
- Engineers: Greg Penny, Roger Nicols, Mark Linett, Lavant Coppock, Roger Hart
- Rickie Lee Jones - synthesizer, guitar, vocals; all instruments on ""Rodeo Girl"
- John Robinson - drums on tracks: 1, 3, 5, 9
- Peter Erskine - drums on tracks: 7, 11
- Buzz Feiten - guitar on tracks: 1, 3, 5, 9
- Dean Parks - guitar on tracks: 1 to 3, 5, 7, 10, 11
- Greg Phillinganes - keyboards on tracks 1, 3, 5
- Neil Stubenhaus - bass on tracks: 1, 3, 5, 9, 11
- Sal Bernardi - guitar, bg on track 7
- Jim Keltner - drum machine effects on track 6
- Bob Sheppard - sax on tracks 5, 8
- Rob Wasserman - bass on track 8
- Paulinho da Costa - percussion on track 8
- William "Smitty" Smith - organ on track 1
- Michael Omartian - piano on track 1
- Ed Alton - bass on track 2
- Michael Fisher - percussion on track 2
- Gary B.B. Coleman - vibraphone on track 2
- Bob Zimmitti - percussion on tracks 3, 5
- Chris Dickie - drum programming on track 4
- Walter Becker - bass on track 7
- Marty Krystall - English horn, clarinet on track 7; tenor saxophone on track 9
- Vince Mendoza - trumpet on track 7
- Greg Mathieson - Hammond B3 organ on track 9
- Michael Boddicker - synthesizer on track 10
- Pascal Nabet-Meyer - synthesizer, piano on track 7, percussion programming on track 11
- Randy Brecker - trumpet on track 11
- Vonda Shepard - backing vocals
- Chris Smith - harmonica
- Goodes, Grant (1999-02-16). "Rickie Lee Jones Sample in LFC Confirmed". KLF Online. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011.
- McCusker, Eamonn (2003-10-15). "The Orb - Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld". CD Times.
- Allmusic review
- Robert Christgau review
- Rolling Stone review Archived November 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.