23rd Street Lullaby CD (2004)

Artist: Patti Scialfa

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This one is a gem!!

by littlebibs(Jeff) on 7/20/2004

I bought her first one 11 years ago and loved it, read some press earlier in the year that she was going to release "23rd street lullaby" and bought it and it hasn't left my cd players (home, work, car) I haven't bought anything this great in many years. She reminds me at times of the soulful Laura Nyro, and of course Ronnie Spector, earthiness of Bonnie Raitt and the street smart sounds of a Rickie Lee Jones, Patti Smith, Garland Jeffries. Great storyteller recalling her earlier days in 70's-80's and her struggles and triumphs and the friends she made along the way. She is as real as they get, hopefully the emotions that are let loose on this masterpiece will reach an audience, this is GREAT ADULT ROCK music with some haunting vocals and a wink of nostalgia for the old days all rolled into a contemporary mix of bluesy, folk/rock. My favorites so far, Yesterdays Child, Rose, You can't go back, City Boys, Young in the City, 23rd street lullaby, Romeo, Stumbling to Bethlehem, State of Grace, Love(stand up), Each others medicine, Chelsea Avenue, well I guess I like them all, give them some time and the songs will sink right into you mind.

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Product Overview

Patti Scialfa's long-awaited second album, her follow-up to Rumble Doll that's been 11 years in the making. Once again Patti wrote all the songs here, including "Rose" and "Love (Stand Up)," which she previewed for audiences at the Asbury Park holiday shows. Guests on the record include Nils Lofgren, Soozie Tyrell, and Bruce Springsteen. The new album includes 12 new songs plus a limited edition bonus disc with 3 live recordings. They album is co-produced by Patti and Steve Jordan.

The bonus CD includes live versions of "23rd Street Lullaby," "Spanish Dancer," and "As Long As I (Can Be With You)."


Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
SKU 61009984
UPC 827969037126
UPC 14 00827969037126
Format CD
Release Date 6/15/2004
Author Patti Scialfa
Technical Info
Engineer Trina Shoemaker
Producer Patti Scialfa; Steve Jordan
CatalogID 90371
Lable Name Columbia (USA)
Released 06/15/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00827969037126
Musical Guests
Marc Ribot
Nils Lofgren
Soozie Tyrell
Bruce Springsteen
Greg Cohen
John Medeski
Will Lee
Lisa Lowell
Album Notes and Credits
Initial release includes a bonus disc with 3 live tracks.
Personnel: Patti Scialfa (vocals, recorder, harpsichord, harmonium, field organ, Hammond b-3 organ, keyboards); Nils Lofgren (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric 12-string guitar, lap steel guitar, dobro, mandolin, bass guitar); Marc Ribot (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, baritone guitar, nylon-string guitar, dobro, tres, banjo); Bobby Bandiera (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Larry Campbell (electric guitar, cittern); Bruce Springsteen (electric guitar, keyboards); Soozie Tyrell (violin, background vocals); Jane Scarpantoni (cello); Clifford Carter (piano, Wurlitzer piano, field organ, Hammond b-3 organ, Mellotron, keyboards); John Medeski (piano); Greg Cohen (double bass); Steve Jordan (bass guitar, drums, percussion, loops, background vocals); Will Lee , Willie Weeks (bass guitar); Lisa Lowell, Antoinette More, Michelle Moore, Tiffeny Andrews (background vocals).
Ignoring the fact that Patti Scialfa is married to Bruce Springsteen, it's easy to hear the musical cache she brings to the table, particularly within the confines of 23RD STREET LULLABY, her second album in over a decade. Scialfa uses her days spent as a struggling New York City musician in the late 1970s and early '80s for inspiration, and rang up a few buddies from back in that time of her life. Among the best-known names who contributed to these sessions are co-producer Steve Jordan, James Taylor sideman Clifford Carter, and fiddler/vocalist Soozie Tyrell, who is also a member of Springsteen's touring band.
The result is a batch of loosely autobiographical tales that hearkens back to that era's class of gritty urban singer-songwriters, including Graham Parker, Garland Jeffreys, and Lou Reed. Reminiscing about her days in the Chelsea section of Manhattan (see the atmospheric title cut), Scialfa writes about bad seeds (a twangy "City Boys"), fun-seeking waitresses (the doo-wop harmony-laden "Rose"), and grease monkeys (a wistful "Chelsea Avenue"). Sure, the characters that populate these songs are similar to those created by her husband (who unobtrusively contributes guitar and keyboards), but what do you expect from a native Jersey girl?
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.124) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[A] sweeter, more confident effort....Sophisticated pop that frames Scialfa as a jaunty, East Coast version of Rickie Lee Jones or Bonnie Raitt."
Rolling Stone (p.151) - Included in Rolling Stone's Top 50 Records Of 2004 - "Scialfa connects to her past with well-wrought, down-to-earth tunes."
Entertainment Weekly (p.85) - "[T]here's an inviting, appealing earnestness to Scialfa's bruised-soul folk rock." - Grade: B
Q (p.122) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Like a quieter, more thoughtful Sheryl Crow, Scialfa is a daughter of the city and her charms reveal themselves slowly."
Disc 1
1 23rd Street Lullaby
2 You Can't Go Back
3 Rose
4 City Boys
5 Love (Stand Up)
6 Yesterday's Child
7 Stumbling To Bethlehem
8 Each Other's Medicine
9 Romeo
10 State Of Grace
11 Chelsea Avenue
12 Young In The City
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This one is a gem!! by littlebibs(Jeff) on Jul 20, 2004