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The Return of Rico Bell


  • 1. Devil's Dream
    2. Dark End of the Street, The
    3. On the Streets
    4. Born to Run
    5. Lake of Vinegar
    6. Spanish Wine
    7. Been a Long Time
    8. Bartender's Blues
    9. Burn World Burn
    10. Lonesome Fugitive
    11. Acadian Driftwood
    12. Whirlaway
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 12

  • Credits
    ProducerJon Langford
    EngineerThe Baron; Mike Hagler

    Personnel: Rico Bell (accordion, vocals); Jon Langford (guitar, organ, background vocals); Mark Durante (steel & baritone guitar); Dave Trumfio (electric & acoustic guitar, background vocals); Harry Trumfio (drums, percussion).
    Personnel: Rico Bell (vocals, accordion); Jon Langford (guitar, organ, background vocals); Mark Durante (guitar); David Trumfio (double bass, background vocals); Harry Trumfio (drums, percussion).
    Recording information: King Size Sound Laboratories, C and C Beach.
    The Return of Rico Bell, the debut solo album from the Mekons' vocalist and accordion player, is a splendidly rollicking set of roots music. On this album, Memphis soul collides with Celtic strains and then hurtles headlong into Appalachian high lonesomeness -- with everything underpinned by Bell's ragged, Dylan-at-the-medicine-show pipes and wheezing accordion. Bell's Mekon colleague, Jon Langford, produces the effort and lays down some typically barbed-wire guitar work as well. Some highlights here include a bouncy, accordion-laced cover of Merle Haggard's "Lonesome Fugitive"; the searing, bruised beauty of "Devil's Dream" (bolstered by Langford's jagged guitar); and a slow-burning run through "Acadian Driftwood" (originally popularized by the Band). ~ Erik Hage

  • Critic Reviews
    Option (11-12/96, p.93) - "...sounding something like the Clash's Mick Jones fronting Son Volt, accordion in hand. Produced by Mekon frontman Jon Langford (who also plays and sings here)....stands on its own as a moving, finely crafted record lurking in the shadows of latter-day Nashville."
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