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4.0 out of 5 stars The best of 'Cowboy In Sweden' plus other highlights..., 11 May 2012
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Mr. P. S. Rapaport (Manchester, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The LHI Years Singles (Audio CD)
I always fear the worst when I see the word 'remastered' but fortunately this CD displays no noticeable adjustment to the sound/mix on the tracks from 'Cowboy In Sweden' (1970), now generally regarded as the curio-classic of the Hazlewood catalogue - probably because the very concept of it still seems so bizarre even today. Five of the best songs from that LP are resurrected here although one of my favourites, 'Pray Them Bars Away', isn't one of them. Thankfully 'The Night Before' is included even though it's not actually a Lee composition, but it's a sumptuous track.

Elsewhere we have the usual Hazlewood cocktail of schmaltz, C&W bubblegum and a touch of genius. This CD is full of Lee's unique brand of humour with its lurking dark side and trademark drugs references ( "Hey cowboy, whered'ya get that horse?... Hey cowboy, from the man of course..." ). Aside from the five Sweden tracks the highlights are 'Califia' (the title song from an otherwise disappointing CD from 2010 of early Lee songs for other artists), tracks 5, 12 and 7 - 'Bye Babe' - a new one to me and a real undiscovered gem with a brilliant arrangement and swirling Hammond organ outro. The three songs lifted from his other LHI cowboy collaboration LP, with Ann Margret, haven't aged as well as the Sweden tracks and now sound a little weak by comparison. Track 16, 'Come On Home To Me', is one of Lee's greatest compositions although his original recording didn't make the most of its potential. Check out the cover by Norway's Madrugada on the 'Total Lee' tribute album (2002) for a more ambitious version.

The CD is accompanied by a well-illustrated personal memoir by Lee's former publicist/manager, not easy to read because of its layout and background colouring but worth the effort if you persevere.

Who knows how much more scope remains to plunder the treasure trove of the Lee Hazlewood archive? I thought I knew all of his stuff but track 7 proved me wrong. To a dedicated fan like me that song and the booklet are worth the price of this CD on their own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars all Lee Hazelwood fans must secure a copy., 29 July 2013
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Quality collection of gems on an excellent deep sounding vinyl pressing. Mastering is thoughtful and balanced and on a half decent turntable will knock you for six.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The man's a star, 7 Oct 2012
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This is one of the most enjoyable records I've played, and I've got most of his stuff.
Typical Lee on the solos and some very good duets.
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