With his handlebar moustache and booming baritone, Lee Hazlewood was one of the defining stars of the late ‘60s. Though he’s perhaps best known for his work with Nancy Sinatra (including writing mega-hit These Boots Are Made For Walking), Hazlewood did stunning work away from that particular glamour queen, and found latter day champions in Beck, Sonic Youth, Jarvis Cocker and Spiritualized. Now, Light In The Attic Records have compiled the best of his classic-era output for LHI Records on the compilation Singles, Nudes & Backsides.
A songwriter and producer by trade, Hazlewood sang the songs that no one else wanted to take from him, never quite achieving the success that others had with his compositions and drawing few royalties from them in comparison. These were the tracks released on his own LHI label: Lee Hazlewood Industries.
A natural wanderer, Lee lived a big life, fighting in the Korean War, working as a radio DJ in Phoenix, Arizona, setting up Viv Records in the ‘50s, working as a big-shot LA producer in the ‘60s, signing Phil Spector to his Trey Records label and prematurely announcing retirement in the wake of the mid-‘60s British invasion. He didn’t: Nancy Sinatra came along, the hits started flowing and he continued producing characterful solo albums into the ‘70s, which saw his move to Sweden. By 2007, Hazlewood was living in Vegas, and begrudgingly enjoying that flurry of latter-day interest in his work. This landmark compilation promises to create many more converts. More gems from the Hazlewood vaults to follow…
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Lee Hazlewood - The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes, & Backsides (1968-71)
As a true legend of the great American songbook and a rebellious pioneer who left behind a lengthy trail of echo laden pop masterpieces, Lee Hazlewood’s influence continues to reverberate today. Between 1968-71, Hazlewood not only released his finest solo work, but produced numerous artists on LHI. From acid-folk and country-rock to pop-psych and soul, LHI issued dozens of long forgotten 45s and LPs. This series will include material from LHI (re-mastered for the first time from the original analog tapes), along with Lee’s output for other labels, rarities, and unreleased gems.
Rotter and Friends - Lee Hazlewood Tee
A stoic-faced Hazlewood visage with ever present cigarette looks off in the distance as his cast of dames contort their bodies to spell out his name! Yes!
A House Safe For Tigers
Light In The Attic’s Lee Hazlewood Archive Series continues with the first time reissue of one of Hazlewood’s greatest yet largely unknown albums, A House Safe For Tigers. Never before available outside of an ultra-limited Swedish pressing in 1975, Tigers is part reality, part fantasy and perhaps the most revealing portrait ever made by Lee Hazlewood. From the sweeping orchestrations of ‘Souls Island’ – arguably the
most dramatic recording of his career, a memorable, bucolic counterpart to the psychedelic
showmanship of ‘Some Velvet Morning’ to the country-funk vibe of ‘Sand Hill Anna and the Russian Mouse,’ A House Safe For Tigers is a true masterwork in the same league as Cowboy In Sweden.
Rotter and Friends - Lee Hazlewood Tote
For this year’s Record Store Day and the launch of our LHI Archive Series, we teamed up with our buds-in-arms Rotter and Friends to bring to you a truly awesome Lee Hazlewood tee. Now, we placed that same art on a tote bag! You can finally walk arm-in-arm with Lee! And what a Lee it is…this stoic-faced Hazlewood visage with ever present cigarette looks off in the distance as his cast of dames contort their bodies to spell out his name. Yes!
Lee Hazlewood Industries 45 Adapter
Trying to jam some 7" hits, but you ‘aint got the tools? Well, we won’t leave you hanging!
Spin all your singles in style with this custom full color acrylic 45 adapter featuring the original LHI logo in all it’s glory.
You’ll be the talk of that lonesome town, Trouble, when you bring this baby out to hit the 1’s and 2’s.
Trouble Is A Lonesome Town
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.
Lee Hazlewood Industries Tee
If there is one tee shirt Lee Hazlewood would’ve worn, it’s this one.