L.A. ‘til Morning (2000)

L.A. 'til Morning

Sleepy James calls his music original eclectic. It's easy to hear the strong R&B, rock, folk and country influences in Sleepy's songs. When he was growing up in New York in the 1960s, Sleepy listened to the wide variety of music that was then common on AM radio. Artists as varied as the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul & Mary, James Brown, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Smokey Robinson, Simon & Garfunkel, Lorne Greene and the Rolling Stones could all be heard on the same station’s playlist.

Here he offers a tribute to his adopted hometown, Los Angeles. At this stage in his career, Sleepy has come full circle and he's back to the place where it all began — the music and the way it makes him feel.

  • Sunrise on Sunset
    Los Angeles at the six-corner intersection of Passion, Art and Commerce. Featuring Doug Webb on saxophone.
  • Apostle's Song
    Surely that faithful Indian companion had a dark day once in a while. Featuring Doug Webb on sax.
  • Satan Was a Beautiful Angel
    Used soul for sale, low mileage, one owner only, FSBO.
  • The Fly Song
    Consider the karmic consequences.
  • Musings in the Bath
    Not a song about Elvis.
  • No Need to Explain
    When goodbye is not an option.
  • Ole Jose
    A San Fernando Valley drinking song.
  • St. James Infirmary
    This song was film noir before film noir was film noir--if you know what I mean.
  • Fool's Gold
    What can I say?
  • No Regrets
    Absolutley, positively none.
  • Fantasy
  • Long Night
    And that's not bad at all.