Joshua Judges Ruth
is the title of Lyle Lovett
Lyle Pearce Lovett is an American singer-songwriter and actor. Active since 1980, he has recorded thirteen albums and released 21 singles to date, including his highest entry, the number 10 chart hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, "Cowboy Man"...
's fourth album, released in 1992.
While the album does not have one theme that binds all the songs, several tracks deal with "high concepts" such as religion ("Church") and death ("Family Reserve" & "Since The Last Time"). Lovett's renowned sense of humor and whimsy are temporarily set aside in favor of reflective musings on heartbreak and loss. The album's title is a pun made up of the names of three books that appear sequentially in the Old Testament
The Old Testament, of which Christians hold different views, is a Christian term for the religious writings of ancient Israel held sacred and inspired by Christians which overlaps with the 24-book canon of the Masoretic Text of Judaism...
The Book of Joshua is the sixth book in the Hebrew Bible and of the Old Testament. Its 24 chapters tell of the entry of the Israelites into Canaan, their conquest and division of the land under the leadership of Joshua, and of serving God in the land....
The Book of Judges is the seventh book of the Hebrew bible and the Christian Old Testament. Its title describes its contents: it contains the history of Biblical judges, divinely inspired prophets whose direct knowledge of Yahweh allows them to act as decision-makers for the Israelites, as...
, and Ruth
The Book of Ruth is one of the books of the Hebrew Bible, Tanakh, or Old Testament. In the Jewish canon the Book of Ruth is included in the third division, or the Writings . In the Christian canon the Book of Ruth is placed between Judges and 1 Samuel...
In keeping with Lovett's other releases, Joshua
received critical acclaim but failed to vault the singer into mainstream success. First single "You've Been So Good Up To Now" was a minor hit on rock radio, peaking at #36 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks
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All songs by Lyle Lovett, except "North Dakota" by Lyle Lovett and Willis Alan Ramsey
Willis Alan Ramsey is an American singer/songwriter, a cult legend among fans of Americana and Texas country. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in Dallas, Texas. Ramsey graduated from Highland Park High School in 1969, and was a prominent baritone in the High School's Lads and Lassies...
- "I've Been To Memphis"
- "She's Already Made Up Her Mind"
- "North Dakota"
- "You've Been So Good Up To Now"
- "All My Love Is Gone"
- "Since The Last Time"
- "Family Reserve"
- "She's Leaving Me Because She Really Wants To"
- "Flyswatter/Ice Water Blues (Monte Trenckmann's Blues)"
- "She Makes Me Feel Good"
- Lyle Lovett – vocals, guitar
- Kevin Dorsey – bass, background vocals
- Ray Herndon
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- Leo Kottke
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- Russ Kunkel
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- Jay Dee Maness – guitar, pedal steel guitar
- Edgar Meyer – bass
- Dean Parks
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– guitar, slide guitar, background vocals
- Matt Rollings
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– organ, piano, Hammond organ
- Johnny Lee Schell
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– electric guitar
- Leland Sklar
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- John Hagen – cello
- Emmylou Harris
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– background vocals, harmony vocals
- Rickie Lee Jones
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– background vocals, harmony vocals
- Arnold McCuller – background vocals
- Kathy Hazzard – background vocals
- Willis Alan Ramsey – background vocals, harmony vocals
- Francine Reed
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– background vocals
- Sweet Pea Atkinson – background vocals
- Sir Harry Bowens – background vocals
- Greg Smith – baritone saxophone
- Larry Williams
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– tenor saxophone
- Dan Higgins – alto saxophone
- Plas Johnson
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– tenor saxophone
- Billy Williams – guitar, trombone
- Produced by Lyle Lovett, George Massenburg and Billy Williams
- Ivy Skoff – production coordination
- George Massenburg – engineer, mixing
- Nathaniel Kunkel – engineer
- Gil Morales – engineer
- Noel Hazel – engineer
- Marnie Riley – engineer
- Steve Holroyd – engineer
- Ron Lewter – mastering
- Alan Yoshida – mastering
- Doug Sax – mastering
- Peter Nash – photography
- Michael Wilson – photography
- Tim Stedman – art direction, design
- Jonas Livingston – art direction
| Chart (1992)
| Canadian RPM Top Albums
| New Zealand Albums Chart
| US Billboard 200