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Lee Hazlewood - The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes & Backsides (1968-71)

Lee Hazlewood - The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes & Backsides (1968-71)



Lee Hazlewood might just be proof of the fact that in popular music being very good at many things can only make it more difficult to gain recognition amongst the pop pantheon. It's the curse of the multi-talented, leaving behind a body of work that defies easy summary or pigeon holing.

He was the man who put the twang in Duane Eddy's legendary guitar sound by using a grain tank as a primitive reverb pedal; just listen to Eddy's 'Rebel Rouser' to hear that distinctive tone and one which prevails in alternative music up to this day, now mainly in the guise of the adjective 'Lynchian'.

As a pop songwriter he asserted Girl Power a good 30 years before The Spice Girls management team with Nancy Sinatra's 'These Boots Were Made For Walking'. Fine, forward thinking pop music all, yet because of his background role in his most famous contributions to the popular music canon he remains, almost five years after his death, quite the enigmatic figure. Where as Jonny Cash left us with his funereal cover version of 'Hurt' (with its moving if somewhat self-aggrandizing video), Lee Hazlewood's final album was poignant, but bore the mischievous, Eddie Izzard inspired title Cake or Death. It's not the sort of final statement that sells scripts for biopics.

Lee Hazlewood - The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes & Backsides (1968-71)


Typically, posthumous reissues and compilations - especially rarities ones - exist to fill in the blanks (to varying degrees of success) or act as timely cash-ins. In contrast The LHI Years gives a surprisingly comprehensive overview of Hazlewood's talents even while focussing on output from just three years on his own Lee Hazlewood Industries label. There are even compelling reasons to recommend it as an entry point for newcomers for two main reasons. Firstly, it's hugely accessible whilst touching on different bases of his musical styles and sounds, but also distinctively the work of Hazlewood. Opener 'Califia (Stone Rider)' sees him in full cowboy-horseback mode, but the string-drenched passages in which Suzi Jane Hokom taunts “Your rocks and grills, mountains and hills, they won't last” are as exquisitely smooth as those accompanied by harpsichord and woodwind on the decadently baroque 'What's More I Don't Need Her'.

There are several duets in the lineage of Nancy & Lee, but Suzi Jane Hokum's other appearance, 'Nobody Like You', is the least typical,an enjoyable psuedo-psychedelic wig out with Hazlewood's submerged in a watery sound effect. Ann Margret's contributions are uniformly enjoyable; 'Sleep In the Grass' shifts from appropriately laconic verses of hazy strings and tinkling glock to ecstatic chanting, Margret brings an irresistible country lilt to 'Victims of the Night's fleet-footed folk-pop and a siren wail to match the mariachi vengeance of 'Chico'. The duets from the Cowboy In Sweden album flirt dangerously with novelty (especially 'Hey Cowboy'), but on 'Leather and Lace' Nina Lizell provides a perfectly seductive foil.

However, the main reason for checking out The LHI Years is the depth of quality that compliments the stylistic breadth. Hazlewood can be as emotionally devastating and intimate as any singer-songwriter whilst still flexing the pop tune chops of a master stylist. 'The Night Before' rides on a funky swagger enveloped in velvet strings reeking of smoke and remorse. Jarvis Cocker was surely making notes circa 1998. Best of all is 'The Bed', a deceptively upbeat acoustic number replete with operatic female backing vocals, slide guitar, organ, but with lyrically pining over a lost love, most climatically when Hazlewood exclaims “Here in this nightmare of darkness I remember the day we wed” over swooning strings. Lyrical and musical emotions are more closely aligned in the thrillingly malevolent folk of 'Bye Babe' (“I guess you sold me down the line when my money went down the drain/I can see you smiling now as my tears come down like rain”) with Hazlewood's baritone in suitably weary tone. 'Troublemaker' on the other hand is a humorous Glen Campbell-esque number portraying Jesus as a no-good beatnik.

In truth at 17 tracks The LHI Years is a bit too long with a couple of forgettable moments ('Come On Home to Me', 'If It's Monday Morning'). However, in covering just three to four years of Lee Hazlewood's less readily available material The LHI Years mines a rich seam of individualistic pop genius, even the rump of which betters that found within the entire back catalogue of many artists.

The Jay Five (Heimatliche Klaenge vol.132)

The Jay Five   (Heimatliche Klaenge vol.132)





Heimatliche Klaenge - Deutsche Schallplatten-Labels 
Native Sounds - German Record-Labels

vol.132    The Jay Five  

vol.1  Beat Parade 66' - Polydor 249 092 / Polydor 408 247

01 - Barbara Ann
02 - Girl
03 - Michelle
04 - Surfergirl
05 - Love Potion Nr. 9
06 - Hang On Sloopy
07 - Taste Of Honey
08 - Shame And Scandal
09 - 1 - 2 - 3
10 - Yesterday
11 - No Matter What Shape
12 - Sloop John B
13 - Nowhere Man
14 - She's Just My Style

A German Jazz group which switched to Beat to earn a living, with the growing success of this formula.

They consisted of 5 “J’s”: Tom ‘Jock’ Wohlert (Husum, Schleswig-Holstein, guitar), Elmar ‘Jerry’ Kast (Walldьrn, Wьrtemberg, bass), Eric ‘Jay’ Thцner (Bucarest, Rumania, keyboard/vocals), ‘Joe’ Thaler (Passau, guitar) & Dieter ‘Jiggs’ Blahak (Leobschutz, Oberschlesien, drums), who came together in Wьrzburg in 1965.


Around October 1966, their LP "Big Beat Bombs" (Cornet 15001) contained covers of current hits, including "Hold Tight" and "Hideway". They made many more albums before and after, but never had a real hit in the hit-parade under their own name. But they backed Graham Bonney in 1967 on his Top 10 single "Siebenmeilenstiefel" and Roland W. in 1968 on his international smash "Monja" as well as on "My Maria".
They were a prolific band, as can be seen from this album discography:

Beat Parade ‘66 (1966) Polydor 249 092
Beat Beat Beat (1966) Polydor 408 247 

B-B-B Big Beat Bombs (1967) Cornet 15 001
Got A New Direction (1967) [Bill Ramsey & The Jay Five] Cornet 15 002
A ‘One A ‘Two A ‘Three (1967) Cornet 15 007
Strictly Instrumental (1968) Cornet 15 014
Anytime (1968) Cornet 15 024
Music To Watch Girls By (1968) S*R International 77 267 (Best Of)
Originals (1970) Cornet 16 058 ( = Lp Anytime)



Heimatliche Klaenge vol.134

Heimatliche Klaenge vol.134





Heimatliche Klaenge - Deutsche Schallplatten-Labels 
Native Sounds - German Record-Labels

vol.134     Bill Ramsey with The Jay Five

vol.3  Got A New Direction  Cornet 15002

01 - Got A New Direction
02 - If You Were Here
03 - What You Gonna Do Now, Girl
04 - Confusion
05 - There's Something Strange About The Country
06 - Without You
07 - Take A Sample
08 - Fat Man
09 - Something Lingers
10 - If There's Anything That I Can Do
11 - Sleep It Off
12 - What's The Matter
13 - An Unknown Quantity
14 - Better Live It Up




The Hot Jumpers - Very Best Of

The Hot Jumpers where one of the best Indo Rock bands from Holland in '57 and '65 that became famous due to the way they played American Rock 'n Roll with an Indonesian touch. This album is a great compilation with their best work and recommended to fans of good old rock & roll and Indo Rock. Lead singer Jim Pownall also made a solo album and 4 together with his wife Eve and their band Jim & Eve Selection


The Hot Jumpers - Very Best Of



Heimatliche Klaenge vol.140

Heimatliche Klaenge vol.140



Heimatliche Klaenge - Deutsche Schallplatten-Labels 
Native Sounds - German Record-Labels

vol.140  VA. - Crying People (VIBRATON VB-6021)

Heimatliche Klaenge vol.140


01 - Stay
02 - Crying People
03 - Er kommt zurueck
04 - Wer weiss
05 - Baby I Feel Good
06 - Shame And Scandal In The Family
07 - Unchained My Heart
08 - J' Entends Siffler Le Train
09 - Schoene Worte
10 - Saturday Night
11 - Immer dann
12 - Set Me Free

? who is playing what song ?
Don Adams
Rainer Herpichboehm
Linda Uebelherr (from Silver Convention??)
Pop Drive Ltd.
Monika Maik
Karl Kinzer
Surf Boys
The Earls
Gisela Andrй
Travellers
Angela Huber & The Gentries



Hickory Wind - Hickory Wind (1969)

Hickory Wind - Hickory Wind (1969)




The Indiana band Hickory Wind made just one self-titled album in 1969, pressed in a run of 100 copies. The record's a strange, amateurish, yet intermittently tuneful blend of teen pop, garage rock, psychedelia, and country-rock, sung in a fashion that makes it uncertain whether the record was a low-key joke or a naïvely earnest effort to do the best they could. The band later changed its name to B.F. Trike and recorded an unreleased album for RCA in Nashville in the early '70s, though it was eventually issued on a small collector label in the late '80s. This Hickory Wind, by the way, is not the same as the folk group named Hickory Wind that recorded for Flying Fish in the late '70s.

Hickory Wind - Hickory Wind (1969)

Just 100 copies of this album were pressed originally making it extremely rare.
Like many a late-'60s album pressed in extremely minute quantities, Hickory Wind's self-titled record is a mighty odd bird. It's not so much that any one song is weird. It's more the cumulative effect of the record, in which the band not only don't seem to be seriously pursuing one direction in particular, but don't seem to be particularly serious about pursuing anything. The nonchalant, naive, slightly off-key way they trundle through this mixture of garage rock, country-rock, and melodramatic teen pop almost gives the impression of B-grade session players recruited to record an exploitation album. It's not nearly as bad as that comment might indicate; actually, there's a fair amount of charm that bleeds through, almost in spite of itself. Their vocals and harmonies are engagingly tremulous, the production refreshingly lo-fi. And there are some rather good songs here, particularly the country-rockish "The Loner," which sounds almost like a youthfully naive attempt to emulate early Neil Young (and it's entirely unrelated to the Young tune of the same name); "Country Boy," which comes as close as any song here to being a normal solid late-'60s country/psychedelic rocker; the waltz-like organ swirls of "Father Come with Me"; and "Judy" and "I Don't Believe," which are yearning teen garage pop. This is broken up, though, by the is-this-a-joke-or-what "Mr. Man," a melodramatic recitation that sounds as if the band were trying to make fun of solemn religious devotional records. It's hardly great, but it's worth hearing if you enjoy quirky collisions of garage rock and late-'60s psychedelia.





Heimatliche Klaenge vol.138

Heimatliche Klaenge vol.138



Heimatliche Klaenge - Deutsche Schallplatten-Labels 
Native Sounds - German Record-Labels

vol.138     The Jay Five

vol.7    45'
01 - Ich komm lieber heut als morgen - Joe & Erik (Cornet 3002)
02 - Und der Regen singt ein Lied
03 - Django (Cornet 3011)
04 - New Sheriff In Silver City
05 - Oh bitte tu das noch einmal - Joe & Erik (Cornet 3026)
06 - Es kommt wie's kommen muss
07 - Katanga (Cornet 3056)
08 - Ode To Billy Joe
09 - So schwarz wie Kaffee (Cornet 3082)
10 - Wo ist mein Weg zu Ende
11 - Arizona (Cornet 3151)
12 - High Is High
13 - What A Way To Die
14 - Early Bird (BASF Cornet 408)
15 - Fat Man
16 - Coca Cola (Marsch Version)
17 - Coca Cola (Soul Version)
18 - Coca Cola (Jay Five Version)
19 - Milch Opera a (Flexi)
20 - Milch Opera b (Flexi)


Heimatliche Klaenge vol.137

Heimatliche Klaenge vol.137



Heimatliche Klaenge - Deutsche Schallplatten-Labels 
Native Sounds - German Record-Labels

vol.137     The Jay Five

vol.6    Anytime   Cornet 15024
01 - Anytime
02 - My Angel
03 - I Had My Chance With You
04 - Little Green Man
05 - She's So Funny
06 - Tell Me How You Feel
07 - In The Midnight Hour
08 - Platform-Ticket
09 - The Liar
10 - In My Dreams
11 - Vive L'amour
12 - It's Rainin'



Lee Hazlewood - The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes & Backsides (1968-71)The Jay Five   (Heimatliche Klaenge vol.132)The Hollies - Hallo! The Hollies!Heimatliche Klaenge vol.134The Jay Five - Collection The Hot Jumpers - Very Best OfHeimatliche Klaenge vol.140Hickory Wind - Hickory Wind (1969)Heimatliche Klaenge vol.138Heimatliche Klaenge vol.137

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