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The first US release for this soulful Brit, featuring bonus tracks not on the original UK album.

Lewis Taylor has been releasing psychedelic soul albums in the U.K. to incredible reviews and a rabid cult of fans that includes some of the biggest names in music. Writing, playing and producing nearly every note himself, the press has compared Taylor to Marvin Gaye, Brian Wilson and Stevie Wonder. Stoned received the best reviews of Taylor’s career, but has only been available on the artists’ own website and HMV stores in England. And we just didn’t think that was fair.

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(4 1/2 stars) ...an exceptional accomplishment, once more demonstrating an ability to compose, play all the main instruments brilliantly, arrange, and produce in such a way that inevitably brings comparisons with Stevie Wonder to mind. --All Music Guide --All Music Guide

(4 stars) ...a subtle, stealthy charmer of an album...nobody does this better. In fact, nobody does this at all. --Mojo

(4 stars) ...a multi-instrumentalist whose music recalls Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, The Temptations and Prince... --Daily Telegraph --Daily Telegraph


1. Stoned (Part 1)
2. Positively Beautiful
3. Lewis IV
4. Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)
5. Send Me An Angel
6. Lovelight
7. Til The Mornin' Light (Pop Version)
8. Shame
9. When Will I Ever Learn (Part 1)
10. Back Together
11. Throw Me A Line
12. Lovin U More
13. Sheneverdid
14. Melt Away
15. Ghosts

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 6, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: HackTone Records
  • ASIN: B000AMWJ0M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,660 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan B Whitcomb on October 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In 1986 a strange record showed up at my college radio station: a 4 song EP by an artist named "Sheriff Jack" called "Let's Be Nonchalent". The songs on the A-side "Buy Everybody A Cake" and "We're Gonna Be In Love" were two perfect slices of psychedelic pop rock and our station played them to death. Over the next couple of years I sought out everything Sheriff Jack put out (two full length albums and another 4 song EP), but it wasn't easy finding the stuff: it was UK imports only and obscure even there. What little we learned was that the Sheriff played all the instruments and he had a rather warped sense of humor. Then he vanished. Poof! But I remained curious.

Finally a internet search in 2002 led me to the web site of one Lewis Taylor. It revealed that Taylor was indeed the good Sheriff, but in 1996 he had re-invented himself as a soul singer releasing music under his own name. I quickly tracked down his CDs including a new album only available via the HMV web site called "Stoned (Part 1)". This was killer stuff. Gone were the psychedelic chiming guitars and angular rock beats. It was replaced by amazing, smooth, cool soul that sounded like the reincarnation of Marvin Gaye.

Half the fun of listening to Lewis Taylor is playing spot the influence. Beach Boys here, Edgar Winter there, throw in a dash of Stevie Wonder and Prince, then push "blend". But he's more than a combination of his influences. It is difficult to categorize his music because he doesn't seem to recognize genre boundaries. His influence isn't so much based on style as it is on quality. Taylor has been listening to the good stuff and as a result his music is the good stuff.

Stoned (Part 1) was my favorite album of 2003, and now the bulk of it is available in the USA on this release. Taylor is a rare talent and a fabulous songwriter. Give it a listen, and spread the word! This man should be a star!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Babs Piano on October 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Thank goodness Lewis Taylor got an American release-- WAY overdue-- after years of brilliant, ground-breaking work overseas. Earlier work of Lewis' has influenced many producers and songwriters on OUR turf thanks to imports of his first few albums, and it's time Americans discovered his talent.

Not afraid to use new technology fused with his R&B-type music... his work seems like a glimpse of the future of pop music. Perhaps like a modern day Marvin Gaye meets Todd Rundgren at Nigel Godrich's studio with LTJ Bukem remixing it. Stoned is another great work! Check out Lewis Taylor!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Kochenour on September 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The first time I heard Lewis Taylor I was riding in my boyfriend's car. I could NOT identify the voice, but I felt somehow that he must be a significant artist, someone I SHOULD know. I couldn't place him squarely in any decade, and after I ran through the list of likely suspects (about 6 blocks in drive-time) I broke down and asked who we were listening to. Within a week, I owned pretty much everything he'd ever released.

Lewis has the Marvin Gaye voice, for sure. And every critic's review I've read pretty much name drops right on the money. This is the rare record that is both immediately likeable, yet grows deeper each time you listen. He's no neo-soul lightweight.

Get this & I guarantee you won't be able to take it out of your 5-CD changer for at least 6 months! He's got substance and he knows how use it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Lusty on September 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I have a very dear friend that feeds me music. Several years ago after he forgave me for not knowing who Lewis Taylor was, sent me spoonfuls and spoonfuls. What a hearty meal...

This record is perfect. There is nothing wrong with it. At all. And it does just keep getting better and better. Even when I am just hearing it, something ALWAYS gets my attention and makes me listen. Everytime. Every single time.

Really, do your ears a favor and treat them to this cd. Consider it redemption for all the things you tortured them with during college.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Phillips on September 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought the original "Stoned" and could not put it down for over a year, just like every other Lewis Taylor CD. If you do not have the other CD's, you better find them. They are uniformly excellent. I've bought his CDs through his website. I've bought them from British music sellers. I've had them imported. It really is worth the price.

Anyway, as far as this release goes, do not worry. The new songs are not afterthoughts or filler and are every bit as worthy as the original tracks. I do not understand why this man is not getting recognition all over the world. Lewis Taylor has been making the best contemporary pop music I've heard for more than a decade now. I really hope this massive oversight changes with this release. My favorite songs:

"Positively Beautiful" (There's an even better version on the album "Stoned Part II" if that is possible)
"Lovelight"
"Lewis IV"
"Shame"
"Send Me An Angel" (This would be a huge radio hit if we could make time for quality music on American radio)
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"Stop, Look, Listen"

"Stoned" is further evidence of Lewis Taylor's unrivaled musical genius.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Konidaris on March 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I was watching 'Late Night With Conan O'Brien' in early Jan and his musical guest was 'Lewis Taylor'. The crowd applauded and there stood a few plain looking blokes, the front man looked short and frail, 30something and bald, I was expecting to hear some garbage like Coldplay... I was wrong. Instead I heard a fusion of soul, funk and rock... it's like Al Green meets Prince meets Syd Barrett meets Jimi Hendrix meets Sly Stone.

I read in the CD booklet that Lewis Taylor actually plays all the instruments and performs all the vocals himself on the album. Quite remarkable considering I can't think of many other artists to have done this in the past (Harry Connick Jr, Prince, Dave Grohl... did Stevie Wonder do this too?)

Anyway back to the review..

Track 1 is Stoned pt. 1 and what a way to kick off the album, with a few psychadelic guitar riffs the song starts off with a soft trippy groove and gentle lyrics, by the end of the first verse the harmony kicks in. The chorus explodes and is one of the catchiest chorus' i've ever heard with a fantastic melody, accompanied by brilliant harmony. The song gradually builds as the song progresses to a funk/soul masterpiece. This song deserves to reach number 1 worldwide, I sure hope this guy gets recognised because it's a crime that nobody has heard his stuff. If you google his name you won't find many matches and his official website is very poorly designed (suggesting to me he is at this stage, unfortunately, still a nobody).

It was a gamble for me to buy the album based on this one song, but track two, Positively Beautiful, confirmed that it wasn't a mistake. This guy sounded like oldschool Al Green and at times like the late Curtis Mayfield in this song (probably because of those tiny psychadelic guitar riffs, again).
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