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Lee Hazlewood-ism: Its Cause and Cure
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Country and pop iconoclast Lee Hazlewood's second album for MGM came out in 1966 and, like the previous The Very Special World Of album, adds Billy Strange's Western movie classic-styled orchestration to the usual mix of rock, Country, cowboy music and folk. Includes such gems like The Girls In Paris, After Six and Old Man And His Guitar. Contains new detailed liner notes.
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I bought this before there was a song list posted on amazon. To my dismay, all of the songs on this CD are already on The Complete MGM Recordings which I already own. So, if you already own that, there is no reason to buy this unless you just have to have a copy of Hazlewood's space cadet liner notes from the original album and the recently written industry panegyric that accompanies them.
As for the music, well its mostly pure sixties cheese. That doesn't mean I don't enjoy it, indeed some songs like Jose and The Night are so bad that they are good! Those who were young adults in the mid-sixties will find In Our Time is an excellent commentary on those times. After Six evokes the "lounge generation", while Suzi Jane Is Back In Town is just plain weird. My favorites are The Old Man and His Guitar and I Am A Part, both of which showcase Hazlewood's budding songwriting skills.
If I was unaware of the whole of Hazlewood's career, I might dismiss this as a quirky relic from a guy who had one foot in my parent's world and one foot in mine. But I AM aware and I AM a fan, so I see this period as a mere phase in the musical development of the well-rounded and singular entertainer that Lee Hazlewood ultimately became.