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Lee Hazlewood-ism: Its Cause and Cure [Bonus Tracks]

Lee Hazlewood-ism: Its Cause and Cure [Bonus Tracks]

by Lee HazlewoodLee Hazlewood

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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Lee Hazlewood's second album for MGM had something of a split personality, though both sides were an accurate depiction of various sides of his musical mind. Released in 1967, Lee Hazlewoodism: Its Cause and Cure opens with five story-songs, most of which are dramatic narratives in which Hazlewood speaks rather than sings, spinning tales of brave but kind-hearted matadors, pioneer women in love with Indian braves, and old men strumming away their narratives. Hazlewood approaches his recitations with all the seriousness he can muster, while Billy Strange's arrangements provide elaborate but understated accompaniment, suggesting a film score that doesn't drown out the dialogue in the big scenes. Elsewhere, the album's second half finds Hazlewood in broader and more playful form, as he celebrates his own blissful laziness on "Home (I'm Home)," a wino's marginal existence on "After Six," and a good-time gal's less than rosy reputation on "Suzi Jane Is Back in Town," which is set to a very theatrical ragtime backdrop. "In Our Time" is a folk-rock number that sounds like a P.F. Sloan homage, and "Dark in My Heart" has a Dylan-esque tone as Hazlewood shares his troubles while the band cooks up a "Tombstone Blues" shuffle behind him. If the first half of the album speaks of a mature and focused vision, the second sounds like a guy goofing off and doing what he wants, with a handful of expert sidemen along for the ride, and none of it seems to have been created with any thought of how the label might make their money back. The unifying theme of Lee Hazlewoodism: Its Cause and Cure is simply Hazlewood being Hazlewood, with a crew of first-call studio pros helping him realize his vision (or sometimes his whims) as the Playboy Philosopher of the L.A. Cowboy Set, and while he made better albums, this one reflects his wit and talents better than most. [In 2015, Light in the Attic reissued Lee Hazlewoodism: Its Cause and Cure in a remastered edition with new liner notes by Hunter Lea, an interview with Hal Blaine about working with Hazlewood and the Los Angeles studio scene of the '60s, and three bonus tracks. The bonus tunes are single sides from Hazlewood's instrumental project the Woodchucks, and they're fun but a long way from essential. However, the audio is excellent throughout, and Hazlewood fans will want to give this obscure item a spin.]

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2015
Label: Light In The Attic
UPC: 0826853013222
catalogNumber: 132
Rank: 125099


  1. The Girls in Paris
  2. José
  3. The Old Man and His Guitar
  4. The Nights
  5. I Am a Part
  6. Home (I'm Home)
  7. After Six
  8. Suzi Jane Is Back in Town
  9. In Our Time
  10. Dark in My Heart
  11. Frenesi
  12. Muchacho
  13. Batman

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lee Hazlewood   Primary Artist
Glen Campbell   Guitar
Don Randi   Keyboards
Don Bagley   Bass
James Burton   Guitar
Billy Strange   Guitar,Conductor
Jim Gordon   Drums
Victor Arno   Strings
Hal Blaine   Drums
Harold Bemko   Strings
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
George Berres   Strings
Harry Bluestone   Strings
Roy Caton   Brass
Gary Coleman   Percussion
John DeVoogdt   Strings
Frederick Seykora   Strings
Nathan Gershman   Strings
James Getzoff   Strings
Jack Gootkin   Strings
William Green   Brass
William Hymanson   Strings
Carol Kaye   Bass
Lou Klass   Strings
Larry Knechtel   Bass,Keyboards
Bernard Kundell   Strings
Don Lanier   Guitar
Marvin Limonick   Strings
Wilbert Nuttycombe   Strings
Bill Pitman   Guitar
Stanley Plummer   Strings
Lou Raderman   Strings
Jerome Reisler   Strings
Emil Richards   Percussion
Nathan Ross   Strings
Henry Roth   Strings
Ralph Schaeffer   Strings
Albert Steinberg   Strings
Tommy Tedesco   Guitar
Darrel Terwilliger   Strings
Dorothy Wade   Strings
Tibor Zelig   Strings
Hubert Anderson   Percussion
Dick Hyde   Brass
Margaret Aue   Strings
William Weiss   Strings
Donnie Owens   Guitar
Walter Wiemeyer   Strings
Ambrose Russo   Strings
Nick Pelico   Percussion
Casey   Guitar
Ronald Patterson   Strings
Norman Bartold   Brass
Oliver Mitchell   Brass
A.D. Brisbois   Brass
Joseph Quadri   Strings
Lou Morell   Guitar
Sally Raderman   Strings

Technical Credits

Lee Hazlewood   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Don Cole   Composer
Billy Strange   Arranger
Eddie Brackett   Engineer
Val Valentin   Director Of Engineering
Acy Lehman   Cover Design
Alberto Dominguez   Composer
Matt Sullivan   Producer,Executive Producer
Josh Wright   Executive Producer
Don Ornitz   Cover Photo
Ben Jordon   Engineer
Lydia Hyslop   Proof Reading
Hunter Lea   Producer,Liner Notes

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