Mary Jean & 9 Others

Mary Jean & 9 Others is the fourth album by singer-songwriter Marshall Crenshaw. The album was produced by Don Dixon, who co-wrote the track "Calling Out for Love (at Crying Time)" with Crenshaw.

Mary Jean & 9 Others
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Studio album by
Released1987
GenreRock
Length42:15
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerDon Dixon
Marshall Crenshaw chronology
Downtown
(1985)
Mary Jean & 9 Others
(1987)
Good Evening
(1989)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB[2]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[4]

Crenshaw noted that the album represented a more guitar-heavy sound when compared to its predecessor, 1985's Downtown. He explained, "I rediscovered the sound of turning my guitar amplifier all the way up. This was kind of a reactionary move after Downtown, which was a slick record with a clean, twangy guitar sound."[5]

Crenshaw said of "A Hundred Dollars," the second track on the album, "It’s really just a nice rock 'n' roll song. There’s this old one called, 'I've Got Five Dollars and It's Saturday Night,' so I figured, 'Hmm, $5 in 1954, you'd need $100 in 1987 to do the same thing you could do with $5 in the earlier song.' So maybe it's kind of an update of 'I've Got Five Dollars And It's Saturday Night.' Really, it's just a straightforward rock 'n' roll song. It's got some nice chords in it."[6]

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Marshall Crenshaw, except where noted.

  1. "This is Easy" – 3:51
  2. "A Hundred Dollars" – 4:08
  3. "Calling Out for Love (at Crying Time)" (Crenshaw, Don Dixon) – 4:37
  4. "Wild Abandon" – 4:22
  5. "This Street" – 4:39
  6. "Somebody Crying" – 3:26
  7. "Mary Jean" – 4:10
  8. "Steel Strings" (Peter Case) – 5:08
  9. "Til That Moment" – 3:52
  10. "They Never Will Know" – 4:02

PersonnelEdit

Guest Musicians

  • Mitch Easter – guitar (track 8)
  • Marti Jones – vocals (track 4)
  • Don Dixon – vocals (tracks 3, 7 & 8)
  • Gary Burke – drums, percussion (tracks 2 & 4)
  • Chris Donato – vocals (tracks 1 & 4-6)
  • Tom Teeley – vocals (tracks 1, 2, & 4-6), guitar solo (tracks 9 & 10)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mary Jean & 9 Others at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Marshall Crenshaw". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (1999). The Virgin Encyclopedia Of Popular Music, Concise 3rd Edition, p. 323. Virgin Books, London. ISBN 1-85227-832-3
  4. ^ The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. p. 167.
  5. ^ Kot, Greg. "ONE TOUGH CRITIC: CRENSHAW REVIEWS CRENSHAW". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  6. ^ Murray, Noel. "Marshall Crenshaw on songwriting, covers, and the album cover he absolutely hates". The AV Club. Retrieved 30 January 2019.