Dickinson inserted horns, strings, and "oohs and aahs" into some of the songs, giving the album a very slick feel, in my opinion. To quote drummer Chris Mars from Walsh's book:
Up to Pleased to Meet Me, no one told anyone what to do. We would suggest things and were very democratic. Until then, we just went in and did what we did, and let it rip. Then, the last couple, it started getting, "You should do this beat" - people telling you that to do, so that kinda sucked. (p. 195)Never Mind.mp3
Buy: Pleased to Meet Me (1987, reissued with bonus tracks 2008)
Aquarium Drunkard has a really nice recent post on the song "Can't Hardly Wait." This song was originally recorded during the Tim sessions, but not officially released until Pleased to Meet Me, two years later. The first release of this song has horns and strings in the background, while other versions that were officially released on the Tim and Please to Meet Me 2008 CD reissues have different lyrics, and different electric and/or acoustic guitar mixes. And this year Justin Townes Earle released a countrified cover of the song. Just try getting his mandolin melody out of your head!