Shazam! and Other Instrumentals Written by Lee Hazlewood

Shazam! and Other Instrumentals Written by Lee Hazlewood


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One of the many hats worn by Lee Hazlewood is that of rock & roll instrumental pioneer. Working with guitarist Duane Eddy, he created a moving, grooving sound suited for wide screens and wide-open deserts, and soon their hits reverberated out from the pair's home base of Phoenix, Arizona, causing surf rock waves in Southern California and hot rod ravers elsewhere. Ace's 2016 compilation Shazam! collects 24 of these instrumentals, all written by Hazlewood and many produced by the pop maverick, too. Hazlewood had a cinematic ear rivaled only by arranger Jack Nitzsche and, unsurprisingly, they're responsible for the best moments here: singles that play as if all the splendor of a B movie were condensed into a 7" single. Compared to that, the cheerful, generic surfers can't help but pale, but even knockoffs of Eddy hits by the Rhythm Rockers and the Lively Ones showcase Hazlewood's knack for melodramatic melodies. Still, Shazam! is the most fun when it's overheated: when the studio orchestras swing with a smirk and the brass smears the tune, knowing that the feel itself is the hook.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/05/2016
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667074926
catalogNumber: 5082452
Rank: 83861

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Duane Eddy   Composer
Lee Hazlewood   Composer,Producer
Jack Nitzsche   Arranger
Billy Strange   Arranger
Marty Cooper   Composer,Producer
Jimmy Bowen   Producer
Dave Burke   Liner Notes,Illustrations
Richard Delvy   Producer
Jim Economides   Producer
Jim Monsour   Producer
Joe Saraceno   Producer
Schmitt   Producer
Alan Taylor   Liner Notes,Illustrations
John Gardell   Producer
Mick Patrick   Illustrations
George Steele   Producer
Casey   Composer
Mike Rubini   Arranger
Randall Wood   Producer

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