Lee Hazlewood – The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes & Backsides 1968-71

January 01, 1970

(Light in the Attic)




By 1968, Lee Hazlewood had already
re-established himself as one of the era’s most successful hitmakers after
coming out of an early retirement to pair up with Nancy Sinatra for a string of
smash records, most notably “Some Velvet Morning”, “These Boots
Are Made For Walkin'” and “Jackson”, which would later be
famously covered by Johnny and June Carter Cash. But once he began to make his
own solo career his top priority and began releasing albums on his own Lee
Hazlewood Industries imprint, the Oklahoma native and Korean War veteran firmly
cemented his establishment as one of pop’s most distinct and innovative voices.


After a brief run in the late 90s on Sonic
Youth drummer Steve Shelley’s Smells Like Records label, the cream of
Hazlewood’s acclaimed solo material is once again being revamped by the reissue
experts at Seattle’s
Light in the Attic. And fresh out the gate to commemorate the coup of this
golden goose of a catalog is Singles, Nudes & Backsides, a newly
compiled single disc anthology that gives a keen introductory overview of the
crop cream from the singer’s “Saccharine Underground” phase.


Among the essential LPs represented on
this 17 song collection include Cowboy in Sweden, “Forty”, Requiem
for an Almost Lady
and his excellent duets set with Bye Bye Birdie bombshell
Ann-Margaret, cherry picking such classic nuggets as “Califa (Stone
Rider)”–a duet with Suzi Jane Hokom arranged by Jack Nitzsche and
featuring guitar work by Ry Cooder and Clarence White of The Byrds–“If
Its Monday Morning”, “No Train to Stockholm”, “The
Bed” (featuring Nicky Hopkins on keyboard) and “Trouble Maker”,
plus the previously unreleased 1969 cut “I Just Learned to Run”.


The LHI Years is indeed the finest gathering of Lee Hazlewood’s
cosmic cowboy period that has ever hit the market, and absolutely perfect for
the aspiring songsmith looking to gain some inspiration from the bottomless
baritone of this American legend.


And whether you are a total Lee
completist, an educated music fan looking for the perfect supplement to
incorporate some Hazlewood into his or her vast sound library or harbor some
strange fetish for naked girls in fake moustaches,  Singles, Nudes & Backsides is what
you need.


DOWNLOAD: “Califa (Stone Rider)”, “If Its Monday Morning”, “The
Bed”, “I Just Learned to Run” RON HART (www.irtmag.com)


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