Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Lee Hazlewood, Ann Margaret|
The Cowboy & the Lady
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
Smells Like Records continues its Lee Hazlewood reissue series with perhaps the strangest of Hazlewood's recordings his album of duets with actress Ann-Margret (star of Tommy, Carnal Knowledge and The Flintstones). This od... more »
Smells Like Records continues its Lee Hazlewood reissue series with perhaps the strangest of Hazlewood's recordings his album of duets with actress Ann-Margret (star of Tommy, Carnal Knowledge and The Flintstones). This odd gem, originally released in 1969, was the first full-length LP on Lee's fledgling LHI label, following several singles by Ann-Margret & Lee, Honey Ltd. and others. Taking a break from the frenzied pace of his late 60s songwriting work, Hazlewood recorded this collection of country-tinged and Hollywood-soaked songs about both the sweetness and loss of love. The duo perform cuts such as "Dark End of the Street" and "Only Mama That'll Walk the Line" in their own utterly inimitable style only natural for two personalities as inimitable as Lee and Ann-Margret. In addition, Lee performs Tom Rush's "No Regrets" solo, taking a cold, hard look at the aftermath of love gone wrong, in typical Hazlewood fashion. Also included as bonus tracks are four extremely rare songs, which constituted the first two singles on LHI. "Sleep in the Grass" and "Chico", a pair of Hazlewood originals performed as duets with Ann-Margret, produced on par with his most baroque masterworks, were first released as LHI-2. "You Turned My Head Around" and "It's A Nice World To Visit (But Not to Live In)", two slices of Nuggets-era psych-pop sung by Ann-Margret solo, are possibly two of Lee's rarest and strangest productions. These four songs have been out-of-print since the time of their release and, along with The Cowboy & The Lady, make their first Hazlewood-approved appearance in 30 years.
Creative eccentric genius
J. Hamilton | Western PA, USA | 11/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lee Hazlewood and Ann-Margret as a singing duo is definitely one of the odder moments in pop history. This cd is every bit as crazy as you would think, without sacrificing the music completely to camp.Lee was a great producer, and his work on these covers really stands out. These renditions of "Only Mama That'll Walk the Line," "No Regrets," and "You Can't Imagine" are infused with a spirit that makes them timeless. His penchant for the baroque is more evident on the four brilliant bonus cuts. Can you believe they used to release singles that sounded like this, let alone make them? Ann- Margret's voice is a theatrical counterpoint to Lee's world-weary baritone, and together they create nothing short of musical cinema. Check out the harrowing, hilarious "Chico," the pastoral "Sleep in the Grass," and A-M's two psychedelic fuzzbox numbers, "You Turn My Head Around" and "Nice World..."This album is a rather strange gem, kind of like a tour through old Hollywood backlots of Western film sets, with Lee and Ann-Margret as your drunken tour guides!"
Ann-Margret is the best part!
Eric Duerr | Memphis, TN. | 06/10/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm not all that familiar with Lee Hazelwood as an artist or as anything really...but I know he has good taste in singing partners. Ann-Margret fans have been anxiously awaiting the re-release of this obscure album for quite some time and listening to it it was well worth the wait. The songs are a mix of country pop and even a bit of 60s psychdelia thrown in on the Extra Tracks (wonderfully done by Ann-Margret)! This CD is worth buying definatly!"
I am in love again!
Dr. L | New York City, NY United States | 12/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The best ever! Ann Margret can do it all! Great duets here with Nancy's old pal Lee! So glad this was put on CD! Best track? "Sleep In The Grass"!"