Lee Hazlewood's cinematic album reissued in a DELUXE, typically Light In The Attic, edition!
Label tells us all about it:
Light In The Attic’s Lee Hazlewood Archive Series continues with an
expanded reissue of Lee Hazlewood’s debut album. Re-mastered from the
original tapes, this is the first time Trouble Is a Lonesome Town
has been available in its original mono mix since the 1960s. Presented
as a double LP with 15 bonus tracks and an eight page booklet, this is
an essential purchase for Hazlewood fans or anyone curious about about
the man before the mustache.
Originally released in 1963, Trouble… finds the bohemian
cowboy sketching out a vivid picture of a backwater place named Trouble,
where trouble with a small ‘t’ is never far away. “Trouble is little
and it’s lonesome,” he says, on the title track, “you won’t find it on
any map, but you can take three steps in any direction and you’re
there.” Lee says plenty on the album. The first voice you hear is
Hazlewood’s spoken-word narration. It’s a format the singer-songwriter
would revisit frequently, introducing his stirring songs with a touch
fireside storytelling in the rich, Texan drawl he’d tried hard to lose
during years he was struggling to make it as an aspiring radio DJ.
Each mini, pre-song poem seems to impart unexpected wisdom. Indeed,
if the record sounds remarkably wise and mature for a debut album,
Hazlewood was, of course, no spring chicken on making this debut. 34
years old at the time of the album’s release, he was already a seasoned
producer, writer and publisher with dozens of hits under his belt and a
few singles under his own name and more under the pseudonym ‘Mark
Robinson’ – all of which are included here in this reissue.
A pet producer of Duane Eddy’s, Hazlewood could turn his hand to any
musical style (bonus ‘Mark Robinson’ track ‘Pretty Jane’ is
unreconstructed rock ‘n’ roll), but with Trouble…, it felt like the singer had touched on something that was uniquely him.
In 2000, however, the late singer revealed that he hadn’t planned on
making what’s best described as a musical storybook. “That was a demo. I
didn’t know it was a concept album. I wrote a complete story of a
make-believe town,” he said. The town nearly lived outside of the album
too – in August 1968 there was serious talk of a television show based
on the album. Lee wrote a script for a proposed weekly half- hour series
called, Trouble Is a Lonesome that, sadly, never made it to air.
The cover sees Lee by the railroad tracks in Avondale, west of
Phoenix. Smoking a cigarette and holding a guitar case, Hazlewood’s myth
was laid out here. The newly minted performer’s long journey had taken
him from Texas to Los Angeles via service in the armed forces and radio
stations in small-town America. By 1963 he’d made it as far as the
Hollywood Hills, but in many ways, his story was only just beginning.
Light In The Attic will be revealing the rest of it throughout 2013 and
We’ll leave the final words to album supervisor Jack Tracy. His 1963
liner notes still true nearly 50 years later. “I happen to think that Trouble
is as significant a chunk of Americana as has been written in many
years,” he wrote. “But don’t let that get in your way. It was written to
be enjoyed and to entertain. It will surely do that.”
This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 19 March, 2013.