Honky Tonk Angel (Ellen McIlwaine album)

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Honky Tonk Angel
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Studio album by Ellen McIlwaine
Released March 1972
Recorded Side A
Live at The Bitter End, New York City
Side B, tracks 1-3, 5
Record Plant Studios, New York
Side B, track 4
Burmese Records Studio, New York
Length 37:46
Label Polydor (PD-5021)
Producer Peter K. Seigel
Ellen McIlwaine chronology
Honky Tonk Angel
We the People
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Honky Tonk Angel is the 1972 debut solo album by Ellen McIlwaine, following her departure from Fear Itself. The first side of the album contains songs that were recorded live at The Bitter End in New York City while side two of the record is made up of studio recordings.

The album was re-released on CD in 1993 along with McIlwaine's 1973 album We the People as Up From the Skies: The Polydor Years.

Track listing[edit]

Side A[edit]

  1. "Toe Hold" (Isaac Hayes, David Porter) – 4:32
  2. "Weird of Hermiston" (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown) – 5:06
  3. "Up From the Skies" (Jimi Hendrix) – 3:52
  4. "Losing You" (Ellen McIlwaine) – 2:22
  5. "Ode to Billie Joe" (Bobbie Gentry) – 4:13

Side B[edit]

  1. "Pinebo (My Story)" (Guy Warren) – 2:41
  2. "Can't Find My Way Home" (Steve Winwood) – 3:39
  3. "Wings of a Horse" (Ellen McIlwaine) – 4:01
  4. "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" (J.D. Miller) – 2:38
  5. "Wade in the Water" (Ellen McIlwaine) – 4:55


  • Ellen McIlwaine - vocals, background vocals, guitars
  • Thad Holiday - bass, background vocals
  • Don Payne - bass (Side B, track 4)
  • Billy Curtis - congas (Side A, track 1; Side B, track 1)
  • Candido - congas (Side B, tracks 1, 3, 5)
  • Don Kaplan - piano
  • James Madison - drums
  • Bill Keith - pedal steel guitar