Apparently, that was a genuine music press review from when this album first came out, 40 years ago. Just the four words. As a witty cheap shot, I suppose it's brilliant in its way. As a review, it couldn't be further from the truth.
Lee Hazelwood's poetry is like Kerouac with all the pretentiousness boiled out. What's left is a solid residue of hard-won lapidary insights from a hard-lived life out on the road. Musically, the songs are rough-edged easy-listening with a country accent, but it's the lyrics that anchor the songs to life as it's really lived.
Other reviewers have called this disc a grower, and I couldn't agree more. These are songs of understated craft, and once they're under your skin they'll stay with you.
Both the albums reissued here are amongst Lee Hazlewood's best - 1973's 'Poet, Fool Or Bum' and 1977's 'Back On The Street Again' - and if nothing else great value! Musicwise, it's what you'd expect from the first album's opener 'Poet, Fool Or Bum' with it's echoes of 'Summer Wine', through to covers - Leonard Cohen's, and a pretty superlative version of Tom Waits' 'Martha', and not forgetting Lee's own tunes - the aforementioned title track, 'Kari', the 'Performer', and 'I Think I'm Coming Down'. The second album's highlights have to be the wonderfully laconic and archetypal Lee Hazlewood - 'Suddenly Tennessee', 'Dolly And Hawkeye' - which sounds like it should've been written by Nick Cave, and the frankly horny country-funk of 'Your Thunder And Your Lightning'. As well as pretty much of the songs. A wonderful package - and with extensive sleeve notes which give a good overview of what the late great Barton Lee Hazlewood was up to post-Nancy.
Whatever your thoughts are on Lee Hazlewood you can't help admiring this guy and his music, it's so unique and such a dam pleasure to listen to. I have a number of his cd's, and vinyl from the sixties, and I get such enjoyment just sitting back and listening to his laid back style and this cd is no exception... 21 tracks of pure magic from Lee Hazlewood... there's just no one to do it better !! If you're a Lee fan and you haven't got this one then you're missing out on something real good.
Ah Lee, wonderful drawl, wonderfully twisted mind - a great twofer of his solo material - good value and once you start listening you'll be hooked - from straight down country rambling to psychedelic western. You'll even forgive him the mousatche.
I've listened to Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra songs for years and always enjoyed their quirky, off beat sound. Keen to hear Lee's solo work, l bought this album expecting more of the same. And l wasn't let down. Lee can write and deliver some great tracks and there are quite a few here. My favourite, feathers, is as good as anything l have heard and will get even the harshest critic humming along to its cracking tune.
Absolutely delighted with this cd.Can,t get enough of it.It is played every week.Every song is fantastic.Price was sooo cheap,didn't think it was going to up to much.The only complaint is....that the songs keep going through your head....even when your not playing the cd.