The Very Special World of Lee Hazlewood

The Very Special World of Lee Hazlewood

by Lee HazlewoodLee Hazlewood


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After producing and writing a string of hits for Duane Eddy, Dino, Desi & Billy, and Nancy Sinatra, Lee Hazlewood had gained enough of a reputation in the music biz that some believed he was poised to break through as a solo artist. With this in mind, MGM Records signed Hazlewood to a big-money record deal, despite the fact that his previous solo efforts for Mercury and Reprise failed to make any significant impression on the charts. 1966's The Very Special World of Lee Hazlewood was not destined to change his luck as a hitmaker, though the album gave him a chance to indulge some of his more idiosyncratic production and songwriting conceits. Hazlewood once said he regarded his MGM albums as "good, expensive demos" that would help generate covers from high-profile artists, and that certainly seems to be the case with The Very Special World; Hazlewood still seems to be getting used to the idea of singing lead on these sessions, and his craggy instrument, with phrasing that lurks somewhere between singing and storytelling, works fine in context, but never sounds much like anything that would have made its way onto AM radio in the mid-'60s. His performances of two of his tunes that had been hits for others are illustrative: "Not the Lovin' Kind" is turned into a cool lounge-jazz number here, a long way from the naive folk-rock of Dino, Desi & Billy's hit recording, and "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" has a less punchy and more grandiose arrangement, while Hazlewood's vocal is full of asides about Nancy Sinatra's epochal version, almost as if it was his hit and not hers. That said, most of Hazlewood's tales are literate and effective without sounding pretentious, and "Sand," "Bugles in the Afternoon," and "My Autumn's Done Come" reflect the mature if melodramatic side of his vision. The arrangements (by Billy Strange) give the melodies a texture and depth that set them apart from Hazlewood's efforts to craft hit singles for others, and reflect his own carefully crafted persona as a well-read cowboy-turned-hipster-playboy. The Very Special World of Lee Hazlewood is the strongest of his three MGM albums, though it doesn't reflect his offbeat wit as well as his later works.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2015
Label: Light In The Attic
UPC: 0826853013123
catalogNumber: 131

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lee Hazlewood   Primary Artist
Glen Campbell   Guitar
Casey   Guitar
Don Randi   Keyboards
Don Bagley   Bass
Julius Wechter   Percussion,Vibes
Billy Strange   Guitar
Jim Gordon   Drums
Israel Baker   Strings
Hal Blaine   Drums
Arnold Belnick   Strings
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Harry Bluestone   Strings
Roy Caton   Brass
Gary Coleman   Percussion
John DeVoogdt   Strings
Alvin Dinkin   Strings
David Duke   Guitar
Jesse Ehrlich   Strings
Cecil Figelski   Strings
Frederick Seykora   Strings
James Getzoff   Strings
Jack Gootkin   Strings
Harry Hyams   Strings
William Hymanson   Strings
Anatol Kaminsky   Strings
Carol Kaye   Bass,Fender Jazz Bass
Lou Klass   Strings
Larry Knechtel   Bass
Don Lanier   Guitar
Marvin Limonick   Strings
Edgar Lustgarten   Strings
Leonard Malarsky   Strings
Bill Pitman   Guitar
Stanley Plummer   Strings
Jerome Reisler   Strings
Emil Richards   Percussion
Nathan Ross   Strings
Henry Roth   Strings
Emmet Sargeant   Strings
Paul Shure   Strings
Henry Sigismonti   Brass
Tommy Tedesco   Guitar
Darrel Terwilliger   Strings
Tibor Zelig   Strings
Joseph Saxon   Strings
Joseph Ditullio   Strings
Irving Lipschultz   Strings
Donnie Owens   Guitar
Ambrose Russo   Strings
Sidney Sharp   Strings
Harold Ayres   Strings
Ronald Patterson   Strings
Armand Kaproff   Strings
William Kurasch   Strings
Oliver Mitchell   Brass
Robert Korda   Strings
Hoyt Bohanon   Brass
Ralph Schaffer   Strings
Lou Morell   Guitar
Irving Katz   Strings
Karol Kaye   Fender Jazz Bass

Technical Credits

Lee Hazlewood   Composer,Producer
Billy Strange   Arranger
Eddie Brackett   Engineer
Suzi Jane Hokom   Composer
Matt Sullivan   Producer,Executive Producer
Josh Wright   Executive Producer
Val Valentine   Director Of Engineering
Lydia Hyslop   Proof Reading
Hunter Lea   Producer,Liner Notes
Pencil Pusher   Liner Notes

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