The U.K. arm of Berlin-based independent label City Slang will simultaneously release two albums featuring the work of the veteran artist and former music business mogul Lee Hazlewood on June 3 in Eur
The U.K. arm of Berlin-based independent label City Slang will simultaneously release two albums featuring the work of the veteran artist and former music business mogul Lee Hazlewood on June 3 in Europe. No North American release date has been finalized.
The first album, "Total Lee," features 16 contemporary artists including Pulp's Jarvis Cocker, the Webb Brothers, St Etienne, Evan Dando, Tindersticks, Kid Loco, and Lambchop, all of whom have recorded their favorite Hazlewood songs including "Come On Home To Me" and "Some Velvet Morning." The album marks the first successfully realized Hazlewood tribute album, following an aborted attempt in the early '90s. Onetime Screaming Trees drummer Mark Pickerel, who was involved in that failed project, has recorded the track "Sand" with underground legend Calvin Johnson for "Total Lee."
The second album, "For Every Solution There Is a Problem," is a selection of Hazlewood's previously unreleased work recorded over the last 25 years with longtime collaborator and session musician Al Casey (formerly part of the infamous "Wrecking Crew" with drummer Hal Blaine and organist Leon Russell).
Hazlewood won a legion of admirers for his work as a composer, writer, producer, and businessman, but is best known for writing songs for the likes of Nancy Sinatra ("These Boots Are Made for Walking") and Dean Martin ("Houston"). He is also widely credited for discovering guitarist Duane Eddy and nurturing his trademark "twang" guitar sound.
After a diverse career during which he released some of the most unique country and pop songs of the '60s and '70s, Hazlewood, now 72, moved to Sweden and has since lived a life of relative obscurity.
Here is the tracklist for "Total Lee":
Lambchop, "Never Had a Gun"
Madrugada, "Come on Home to Me"
The Webb Brothers, "Some Velvet Morning"
Calexico with Valerie Leuillot, "Sundown"
Johnny Dowd, "Sleep in the Grass"
St. Etienne, "Got It Back Together Again"
St. Thomas, "The Railroad"
Jarvis Cocker and Richard Hawley, "The Cheat"
Erlend yye, "No Train to Stockholm"
The Amazing Pilots, "Soul's Island"
Kathryn Williams, "Easy & Me"
Tindersticks, "My Autumn's Done Come"
Stephen Jones and Luke Scott: "We All Make the Little Flowers Grow"
Calvin Johnson and Mark Pickerel, "Sand"
Evan Dando and Sabrina Brooke, "Summer Wine"
Kid Loco and Tim Keegan, "If It's Monday Morning"