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Stoned

Lewis Taylor Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Phantom Sound & Vision
  • ASIN: B000BRAN4K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,426,919 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stoned, Pt. I
2. Positively Beautiful
3. Lewis IV
4. Send Me an Angel
5. Til the Morning Light
6. Shame
7. When Will I Ever Learn, Pt. 1
8. Lovin' U More
9. From the Day We Met, Pt. 2
10. Lovelight
11. Sheneverdid

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reaches the parts other 'soul' music doesn't 18 July 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album was originally released in early 2003 so it's surprising that it's taken over 2 years to get its first Amazon review.
For those of you unfamiliar with Lewis Taylor he is one of the UK's greatest exponents of soul-based music, and has been for a decade. Why massive commercial success has never been his is somewhat bemusing, but probably in part due to the fact that his music is so much more complex and original than that which record companies usually market as 'soul', and indeed, deserves not to be pigeon-holed as such anyway.
His eponymous debut is one the best 'soul' albums, from any country, of the last decade and still sounds as groundbreaking as it did in 1995 and I strongly urge those wishing to discover Lewis Taylor to check that one out first, then head to his second, equally as superb 'Lewis II'.
'Stoned | Part 1' is his third official album release and continues Lewis's unique demonstration of what he terms 'Psychedelic Soul'. Mayfield/Gaye influenced lead vocals in a sea of Beach Boys-esque harmonies, on a bedrock of funky guitars, rhodes-style keyboards, electronic trickery and groovy, authentic sounding drums, in an atmosphere which is usually quite dark and dramatic. Lewis's voice is beautiful, and his guitar playing is clearly that of someone who has spent many an hour jamming along to Hendrix and Page, as well as listening to more sensitive, acoustic and jazzy offerings.
In short - another great slice of unique, contemporary 'soul', but leagues ahead of the boring, derivative, commercialised c#@p we get sold as soul music these days.
Only 4 stars because it's not as good as his first two albums, but by anyone else's standards would deserve 5.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another jewel... 23 Nov 2009
By Tyrone
Format:Audio CD
So I'm minding my own business in 2006 when up jumps an excellent pop dance track up by erm...Robbie Williams...Robbie Williams? but it's light years ahead of his other stuff, how come? Then it dawns on me that it's a cover of Lovelight, one of the best tracks on yet another great album by a clever, soulful English eccentric & the answer to how come is Lewis Taylor. In fact, he's the answer to several music questions in recent years so you can do much worse than buying Stoned - Part 1 or almost any Lewis album you don't have. Well done Robbie & thank you God, for Lewis Taylor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great album but why the high price? 30 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
I purchased the import version of this album as an impulse random bargain. What a fantastic deal!I had not heard of the artist prior to this. This music is where Robin Thicke must have gained inspiration and sought aspiration to achieve something as good! I don't actually think he made his RnB/pop as startling as this set but there are similarities. Wonderful production, writing, and arrangement on every track.[The cover version of 'Stop,Look,Listen [to Your Hear]'is a wonderful homage to Marvin but is (with other tracks) sadly missing from here.]A shame as it represents the huge influence Gaye appears to have had on the singer.
I am astounded how well a north London soul boy can make music of such quality. Slight influence of Prince in the vocals and rock guitar departments and even a few harmonies that give a flavour of the Beach Boys in a very good way! I am trying to give a hint of what the music is like but it is difficult.this music is a soulful culmination of everything great in pop over the last thirty years (maybe not too much rock or thank god C'n'W!!!)The music stands up so well by itself.
Give this a try-I am off to catch up on the other two albums! Toyed with a five star and the only possible negative is that this version is missing some tracks compared to my version,so if you can, track that version down-it's bound to be cheaper and better.It saddens me that I have not been aware of this artist and also that his lack of marketability may mean he never gains much recognition for his special talent.Keep the faith Lewis,musical people know better!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy soul 2 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
Is their no end to this man's talents ? I think Lewis plays every instrument on this album & puts it together in his home studio , also of course he writes his own material , he's a musician , moving away from the Marvyn Gay influenced first album Lewis Taylor This is a great piece of british soul music well worth a listen , very catchy .
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars three's a charm 28 Oct 2003
By lilmonster - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I won't do you a disservice by writing pages and pages of my take on the album. The greatest favor I can do is to speed up the process of you getting in into your 'cart' or whatever it is.

I ordered this internationally because I had *huge* expecations for Taylor's third album... and I am not a DROP disappointed. Catchy, beautiful, fun, brilliant -- it falls right in line with his last two albums (which you should already have).
He deserves every comparison he gets to the soul greats, although he clearly carves out his own niche. Enjoy.
Warning: Listening to this album will cause you to become greatly perplexed as to why he doesn't tour the US. Consider yourself forewarned.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imagine Marvin Gaye crossed with the Beach Boys 15 May 2005
By A C SHIELDS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Reviewing this album is difficult , because I feel that some of Lewis's fans would like to keep him to themselves . I prefer not to as I've enjoyed listening to this record so much .

I'll have to do a review of a well-known album and just mention Lewis's name - that may be one of the few ways to make people aware of this inspiring musician and stylist .

This music is groovy and emotional - go for a drive on a sunny day with this album playing loud . There is a lot going on in the music , but it is mixed with great care and all comes through wonderfully .

Neglected only as it's not as well promoted .

Give it a try and have your horizons expanded !!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This Now... 20 Jan 2004
By "makerain" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Will not bore you with a track-by-track listing: too boring and sub- Lester Bangs. This is genuinely exceptional.
I saw Prince when he was 19 at the Lyceum in London: this is the only comparable talent I've heard in the subsequent 20-odd years. He really is that good.
(PS Saw Prince in Sydney in '03: he's still got it!).
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