25908-1 Good Evening
Produced by David Kershenbaum and Paul McKenna
Released on June 27, 1989
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I f you’d told me five years ago that Marshall Crenshaw would require the services of Diane Warren to write a hit song, I would have laughed. I’m not laughing now, but I’m not crying either. Good Evening is a good album, even if Crenshaw’s pen accounts for less than half of it. As he showed with Ben Vaughn’s “I’m Sorry (But So Is Brenda Lee),” it’s not so much about where a song comes from as where Marshall takes it. A musicologist as well as a musician, Marshall Crenshaw knows where to find great material: Richard Thompson, John Hiatt, Bobby Fuller. Even a cover of The Isley Brothers’ “Live It Up,” one of the few missteps on Good Evening, is an admirable choice. Otherwise, this is Crenshaw doing what he does best: likeable love songs sung in his familiar twang and smartly played. “Valerie” and “Someplace Where Love Can’t Find Me” are the obvious winners, “Let Her Dance” and “She Hates To Go Home” the honorable mentions. Warren’s “Some Hearts” is easily the album’s low point, though Crenshaw tries to give it a dignified reading. That song underscores what appears to be a songwriting slump for Crenshaw (when coupled with the disappointing Mary Jean) but speaks nothing to the reinvigorated guitar playing of Crenshaw and Sonny Landreth. Listening to Good Evening, everything sounds right. Song for song, it’s a more entertaining ride than Mary Jean, and with Crenshaw at the wheel it doesn’t really matter who manufactured the chassis. I have no doubt that Marshall could make a very good cover album someday and imbue it with enough of his own personality that it would blend right in with his best work. Good Evening already has one foot in that direction, and critics have stood firm on the point that original or cover, it’s still Crenshaw.


  1. YOU SHOULD'VE BEEN THERE    (Marshall Crenshaw/Leroy Preston)    3:52
  2. VALERIE    (Richard Thompson)    3:35
  3. SHE HATES TO GO HOME    (Marshall Crenshaw/Leroy Preston)    4:46
  4. SOMEPLACE WHERE LOVE CAN'T FIND ME    (John Hiatt)    4:01
  5. RADIO GIRL    (Marshall Crenshaw/Sam Llanas/Kurt Neumann)    4:04
  6. ON THE RUN    (Marshall Crenshaw)    3:14
  7. LIVE IT UP    (Isley Brothers/Christopher Jasper)    3:36
  8. SOME HEARTS    (Diane Warren)    4:21
  9. WHATEVER WAY THE WIND BLOWS    (Marshall Crenshaw)    3:25
  10. LET HER DANCE    (Bobby Fuller)    2:55


MARSHALL CRENSHAW -- guitars, vocals, mandoguitar, 6-string bass, bass, shaker
KENNY ARONOFF -- drums, percussion, fire extinguisher, count-off
SONNY LANDRETH -- slide guitar, weird experimental guitar
BOB MARLETTE -- organ, drums, bass, keyboard
BoDeans -- backing vocals (1)
James Burton -- lead guitar (9)
Steve Conn -- piano, accordion
Robert Crenshaw -- backing vocals (1,2)
Denny Fongheiser -- drums (9)
David Lindley -- steel guitar, slide guitar, fiddle, mandolin
J.D. Maness -- pedal-steel guitar (9)
Patti McCarron -- backing vocals (8)
E. Pressley -- bass (9)
Syd Straw -- backing vocals (8)
Paul McKenna -- engineer, mixing
Kevin Smith -- engineer
John Volaitis -- engineer
Janet Levinson -- art direction/design
Dean Chamberlain -- front cover photography
Jeff Katz -- back cover photography

US June 27, 1989 Warner Bros. LP/CD/CS 25908-1/2/4 lyric sleeve
UK/GER 1989 Warner Bros. LP 925 908-1 lyric sleeve
CAN 1989 Warner Bros. LP 92 59081 lyric sleeve
US October 25, 2005 Wounded Bird CD WOU-5908  


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