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I'm a Lover Not a Fighter [CD]

Lazy Lester Audio CD
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Lazy Lester (aka Leslie Johnson) has been called a "National Treasure," the "High Sheriff of Louisiana" and "a nut." As one of the key creators of the South Louisiana swamp blues sound in the 1950s, Lester has been often imitated but never duplicated. Blues fans worldwide prize his early singles on the Excello label that were recorded in Lake Charles, Louisiana. ... Read more in Amazon's Lazy Lester Store

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  • Audio CD (25 April 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B00002M7U0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,347 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I'm a Lover Not a Fighter
2. Sugar Coated Love
3. Lester's Stomp
4. I Told My Little Woman
5. Tell Me Pretty Baby
6. Whoa Now
7. I Hear You Knockin'
8. Through The Goodness Of My Heart
9. I Love You, I Need You
10. Late, Late In The Evening
11. A Real Combination For Love
12. Bloodstains On The Wall
13. You Got Me (Where You Want Me)
14. I'm So Tired
15. Patrol Blues
16. I'm So Glad
17. Sad City Blues
18. If You Think I've Lost You
19. I Made Up My Mind
20. Lonesome Highway Blues
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lester's stomp 26 July 2011
By Dangerous Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I'm amazed that no one has reviewed this one by now - it's been out a long time. The album is a classic containing virtually all the numbers that Lazy Lester (actually Leslie Johnson) recorded while he was with Excello, the label which is mainly famed for its focus on Louisiana swamp blues music - a few more did eventually creep out on the third of Ace's compilations of Excello swamp blues, the Genuine Excello R&B album.

It's tempting to draw comparisons between the Chess electric blues recordings from Chicago in the `50's and `60's and the output from the Excello recording studio in Crowley, Louisiana in the same time frame. In any such comparison Lester has to equate to Little Walter - he both backed, on mouth harp, one of the biggest names in the Excello castlist, Lightnin' Slim - and did that very effectively - and simultaneously pursued a solo career in his own right. Unlike Walter whose recording unit didn't vary very much., from the discography included here, Lester's backing team varied quite widely - this may in part account for some of the sonic differences in his numbers (but it certainly didn't reduce the quality).

I've always very much liked Little W and see him as somewhat underrated in the Chess stable. However based on the evidence on this album I'd put Lester at the same level. In comparison to his label mates, Lester may not have the intensity of Lightnin' Slim or Lonesome Sundown but he more than compensates by the variety of his material and his approaches to it. With most of the other main artists from that stable - Lightnin', Slim Harpo and Silas Hogan are key examples - once you'd heard the first few bars of a number you knew how the rest would go. That was never the case with Lester.
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4.0 out of 5 stars LAID BACK, SLOPPY, YET GREAT BLUES 25 July 2013
By Stuart Jefferson - Published on Amazon.com
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Lazy Lester (real name Leslie Johnson), along with Lightnin' Slim, Slim Harpo, Silas Hogan, Lonesome Sundown, and a few others, is a prime example of what's generally called "swamp-blues". Produced by Jay Miller for the Excello label, Lester's music is a cross of blues, country, early r'n'r, with a smidgen of the Louisiana area style all mixed together. These tracks float somewhere between 3 and 4 "stars". The sound is surprisingly good. The booklet is informative as far as it goes. All in all--a good presentation of Lester's music.

This good collection spans the years 1958-1964--the prime era for Lester's music. His vocals and harp (with his occasional guitar playing) made his music fairly unique. His bands were almost always rudimentary--just basic guitar/bass/drums (or cardboard box), with Lester's lazy vocals and sinewy harp out front. Once in a while he added a piano, an organ, or maybe a tenor sax into the mix--to good effect. Most of his bandmates were unknown except in their area, with the exception of Katie Webster (piano/organ), Guitar Gable (guitar), Warren Storm (drums), and possibly Carol Fran (piano), all who later would become relatively known to blues fans.

Lester's harp style lent itself to both up tempo and slower tunes--both his own singles/albums, and on songs recorded by Lightnin' Slim (most notably) and other area artists. Lester went on to record albums under his own name before his death--notably for the Alligator label. His vocals could be described as workmanlike/laid-back, but along with his harp playing everything seemed to fit together into a unique, visceral, sloppy sound found only in that area and era. Listen to his early 50's tracks like "Sugar Coated Love", "Lester's Stomp", "Tell Me Pretty Baby", and "Whoa Now" (with Sammy Drake playing a cardboard box)--all great examples of Lester's style. And his 60's recordings were just as great and worthwhile hearing--"If You Think I've Lost You", "Lonesome Highway Blues", or "You're Gonna Ruin Me Baby" all are Lester at his best. But also check out the tune "Bloodstains On The Wall" from 1960. Besides the atmospheric overdubbed harp, listen to the lyrics.

For whatever reason, Lester and (with the exception of Slim Harpo) the above mentioned artists never garnered much attention or fame from blues fans. If you're reading this you're probably familiar with Lester and the other Excello artists. But if his name (and the others) is new to you, you should do yourself a favor and give these musicians a listen. Both individually and taken together, they're an important piece (like Clifton Chenier's Zydeco Band) of the blues genre. The laid back, almost sloppy approach is in contrast (for example) to the harder sounding Texas/Chicago big city blues, with it's declamatory vocals and incendiary guitar work from the same period. The music is at times raw, plain, and seemingly thrown together yet straightforward--with the barest of instrumentation adding greatly to the sound. Don't let those attributes (yes, attributes) throw you off hearing some fine late 50's/early 60's "swamp-blues" from Jay Miller/Excello Records.
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4.0 out of 5 stars much better than his later stuff 25 May 2013
By R. Hale - Published on Amazon.com
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I got one of his newer cds and was not disappointed with it but I would not put it in heavy rotation. this one however is the way to go. if you are looking for a lazy lester cd to add to your collection and you do not have this already do yourself a favor and pick this one up
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could have been on Sun 10 Nov 2008
By Jay Boco - Published on Amazon.com
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This is cool. I have a pretty big collection of mainly rock but I'd never heard of this guy. Until that is Bob Dylan's radio show. I went hunting for the cut I'd heard which was "The Same Thing Could Happen to You". I found a version by Steve Marriner, that was countrified & rock-a-billy. This was sort of the arrangement that Lester did only his was blues & rock-a-billy. I found the disc here on Amazon and saw that it was on Ace. There is no better label out there for resurrecting 50s & early 60s rock.

I don't usually listen to things when I first get them. (I just opened and listened to Approved by the Motors that I bought in 1978,) I do get to them within a couple of months usually. This one I was anticipating with a desire to see what the rest of Lester's songs sounded like. Blues-a-billy is what it is and I love it.

It probably isn't for those who thrive solely on the likes of Big Bill Broonzy or Robert Johnson. But if you can listen to them and, say Carl Perkins in the same sitting and enjoy it, them pick this up. You'll be quite happy with the purchase.
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