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Cowboy In Sweden, And Everywhere Else: LITA Boxes “Lee Hazlewood Industries”

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Lee Hazlewood Box

If you’ve been following Light in the Attic’s ongoing Lee Hazlewood Archive Series, you’ve discovered a treasure trove of wild ‘n’ wooly music from the country-pop maverick.  But the past releases in the series are proving to be delicious appetizers for the just-announced main course.  On November 26, Light in the Attic will unveil There’s a Dream I’ve Been Saving: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1966-1971.  This seven-years-in-the-making deluxe box set will be available as a 4-CD/1-DVD/1-flexidisc edition and an even more elaborate version adding three data DVDs containing WAVs and MP3s of 17 albums and 140 A and B sides from the LHI catalogue.

The Lee Hazlewood Industries label was a natural extension of the work Hazlewood created as a writer, producer and vocalist for a variety of artists at labels including MGM and most notably, Reprise.  At The House That Frank Built, Hazlewood taught Nancy Sinatra how to sing “like a 16-year old who goes out with 45-year old truckers” updated the Chairman’s own sound with hits like “This Town,” and delivered “Houston” to Dean Martin.  It’s been  a Hazlewood renaissance in recent years; the Ace label has compiled collections dedicated to the psychedelic cowboy’s songs and outside productions as well as his complete 1965-1967 recordings for MGM (made in between stints at Reprise) while Rhino Handmade has surveyed the Reprise years.  In 1966, however, Hazlewood founded LHI, where he not only recorded his own singular, off-the-wall brand of country/folk/pop/rock but released numerous albums and singles by a wide range of hand-picked artists.

What, exactly, will you find on this comprehensive compendium?  Hit the jump for more details including the track listing and pre-order link!

There’s a Dream I’ve Been Saving celebrates LHI’s brief but fertile period of creativity in lavish style, with a hardcover, clothbound, LP-sized book (12” x 12”) joining its four CDs and one DVD.  Written by Jessica Hundley, the book tells the LHI story via interviews with Hazlewood and label alumni including Suzi Jane Hokom, plus a timeline, 27 artist profiles, and reassessments of key LHI albums.  Over 150 photographs can also be found in its pages.

The four CDs boast a total of 107 tracks, 14 of which are previously unreleased.  Discs 1 and 2 offer the entirety of Lee’s solo LHI recordings, including every single and album (Cowboy in Sweden, Forty, The Cowboy and the Lady, and Requiem for an Almost Lady) plus a brace of previously unissued tracks.  These discs also cover his memorable duets with Suzi Jane Hokom and Ann-Margret.  Discs 3 and 4 sample the rest of the LHI catalogue, with tracks from artists such as Hokom, The Kitchen Cinq, Ann-Margret, Honey Ltd., The International Submarine Band, Arthur, The Aggregation, Sanford Clark, Lynn Castle, The Surprise Package, Virgil Warner, Don Randi, The Shacklefords and Hamilton Streetcar.  All tracks have been remastered; 95% have been derived from the original master tapes while the remaining 5% have been transferred from pristine vinyl sources.

The region-free DVD premieres a new digital transfer from the original 16mm master negative of Hazlewood’s never-before-available 1970 film Cowboy in Sweden, fully restored with remastered sound.  Rounding out the package are a couple pieces of Lee-centric swag: a flexidisc capturing unheard studio chatter from Hazlewood, and a reproduction of his original embossed LHI business card.  In addition, five boxes will be packaged with a Golden Ticket for a free subscription to Light in the Attic’s ongoing Hazlewood Archive Series.

If that’s not enough Lee for you, LITA has a super deluxe version on tap.  This set adds three DVDs.  On the first disc you’ll find the near-entirety of the LHI catalogue in 320 Kbps MP3 format (17 albums and 140 single sides, for a total of 305 songs).  (The International Submarine Band’s LP is the only LHI album excluded here.)  DVD 2 includes the albums in WAV format, and DVD 3 has the singles as WAVs.  This edition is housed in a gold-foil clothbound clamshell box, and also adds six glossy photographs and a 1970 ticket from Hazlewood Airlines!

Light in the Attic will bundle online orders from the label’s site with a limited edition 45 RPM single featuring two previously unreleased songs: “For a Day Like Today” (Take 4) by Suzi Jane Hokom b/w “Sweet Ride” (Demo) by Lee himself.  Pre-orders will begin shipping on November 19 per LITA’s website.  Pre-orders are not yet being accepted at Amazon.com, but you can order directly from LITA – and check out sound samples – at the link below!  There’s a Dream I’ve Been Saving: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1966-1971 is available on November 26.

Various Artists, There’s a Dream I’ve Been Saving: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1966-1971 (Light in the Attic LITA 109, 2013) (Amazon U.S. – Standard Edition)

CD 1: Woke Up Sunday Morning with My Head Full of Pain

  1. Pray Them Bars Away – Lee Hazlewood
  2. Leather and Lace – Lee Hazlewood & Nina Lizell
  3. Forget Marie – Lee Hazlewood
  4. Cold Hard Times – Lee Hazlewood
  5. The Night Before – Lee Hazlewood
  6. Hey Cowboy – Lee Hazlewood & Nina Lizell
  7. No Train to Stockholm – Lee Hazlewood
  8. For a Day Like Today – Suzi Jane Hokom
  9. Easy and Me – Lee Hazlewood
  10. What’s More I Don’t Need Her – Lee Hazlewood
  11. Vem Kan Segla (I Can Sail Without the Wind) – Lee Hazlewood & Nina Lizell
  12. Trouble Maker – Lee Hazlewood
  13. Califia (Stone Rider) – Lee Hazlewood & Suzi Jane Hokom
  14. Alone – Lee Hazlewood & Suzi Jane Hokom
  15. I’ll Never Fall in Love Again – Lee Hazlewood & Suzi Jane Hokom
  16. No Body Like You – Lee Hazlewood & Suzi Jane Hokom
  17. First Street Blues – Suzi Jane Hokom
  18. I’m Glad I Never – Lee Hazlewood
  19. If It’s Monday Morning – Lee Hazlewood
  20. L.A. Lady – Lee Hazlewood
  21. Won’t You Tell Your Dreams – Lee Hazlewood
  22. I’ll Live Yesterdays – Lee Hazlewood
  23. Little Miss Sunshine – Lee Hazlewood
  24. Stoned Lost Child – Lee Hazlewood
  25. Come On Home to Me – Lee Hazlewood
  26. Must Have Been Something I Loved – Lee Hazlewood
  27. I’d Rather Be Your Enemy – Lee Hazlewood

CD 2: I Was Born Running Wild the Victim of a Woman Child

  1. Sleep in the Grass – Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret
  2. Chico – Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret
  3. Am I That Easy to Forget – Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret
  4. Only Mama That’ll Walk the Line – Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margre
  5. Greyhound Bus Depot – Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret
  6. Walk On Out of My Mind – Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret
  7. Hangin’ On – Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret
  8. Victims of the Night – Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret
  9. Break My Mind – Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret
  10. You Can’t Imagine – Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret
  11. Sweet Thing – Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret
  12. No Regrets – Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret
  13. Dark End of the Street – Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret
  14. It Was a Very Good Year – Lee Hazlewood
  15. The Bed – Lee Hazlewood
  16. Paris Bells – Lee Hazlewood
  17. Wait Till Next Year – Lee Hazlewood
  18. September Song – Lee Hazlewood
  19. Let’s Burn Down the Cornfield – Lee Hazlewood
  20. Bye Babe – Lee Hazlewood
  21. Mary – Lee Hazlewood
  22. For Once in My Life – Lee Hazlewood
  23. I Just Learned to Run – Lee Hazlewood
  24. Me and the Wine and the City Lights – Lee Hazlewood
  25. Nothin’s Gonna Blow My Mind – Lee Hazlewood

CD 3: Ol’ Zues is Running Loose Again

  1. Rose Colored Corner – Lynn Castle w/Last Friday’s Fire
  2. Need All the Help I Can Get – The Kitchen Cinq
  3. You Better Go – Raul Danks & Jon Taylor
  4. I Can’t Help the Way I Feel – Last Friday’s Fire
  5. Tomorrow Your Heart – Honey Ltd.
  6. Come On Sunshine – Suzi Jane Hokom
  7. Little War – Suzi Jane Hokom
  8. If You Climb on the Tiger’s Back – Danny Michaels
  9. The Street Song (New York’s My Home) – The Kitchen Cinq
  10. I Want You – The Kitchen Cinq
  11. Puppetry – Raul Danks & Jon Taylor
  12. Pastel Dreams – Michael Gram
  13. And They Are Changing – Danny Michaels
  14. Does Anybody Know – A Handful (Kitchen Cinq)
  15. Wasn’t It You – A Handful (Kitchen Cinq)
  16. Silk ‘n’ Honey – Honey Ltd.
  17. Invisible People – Hamilton Streetcar
  18. Flash – Hamilton Streetcar
  19. Maharishi – The Aggregation
  20. Flying Free – The Aggregation
  21. Something’s Happening – Last Friday’s Fire
  22. You Turned My Head Around – Ann-Margret
  23. It’s a Nice World to Visit (But Not to Live In) – Ann-Margret
  24. Sam – Ann-Margret
  25. New Way Home – The Surprise Package
  26. The Lady Barber – Lynn Castle w/Last Friday’s Fire
  27. When We’re Talked About Tomorrow – Colleen Lanza
  28. Sunshine Soldier – Arthur

CD 4: Whistling for a Dog Named Kindness That You’ll Never Find

  1. The Black Widow Spider – Sanford Clark
  2. Dying Daffodil Incident – A Handful (Kitchen Cinq)
  3. Lady Bird – Virgil Warner & Suzi Jane Hokom
  4. Summer Wine – Virgil Warner & Suzi Jane Hokom
  5. Emmy – Ray Chafin
  6. Luxury Liner – International Submarine Band
  7. California Sunshine Girl – The Shacklefords
  8. It’s My Time – The Shacklefords
  9. Hands – Danny Michaels
  10. Same Old Songs – Suzi Jane Hokom
  11. Reason to Believe – Suzi Jane Hokom
  12. The Man I Was Yesterday – Virgil Warner
  13. Dusty Roads – Eve
  14. Hello L.A., Bye Bye Birmingham – Eve
  15. Warm Miami Sunshine – Joe Cannon
  16. Lonesome Wheels – Joe Cannon
  17. Cold Hard Times – Joe Cannon
  18. Peppermint Morning – Rabbitt
  19. Goin’ On – Phoenix 70
  20. Friday’s Child – Billie Dearborn
  21. I Feel Love Coming On – Jon Christian
  22. Ten or Eleven Towns Ago – Barbara Randolph
  23. Miracle on 19th Street – Barbara Randolph
  24. Cheap Lovin’ – Barbara Randolph
  25. Chain of Fools – Don Randi
  26. Angry Generation – The Woodchucks
  27. The Start – Larry Marks

Deluxe Edition:

Adds LHI catalogue as both WAVs & MP3s (320 Kbps) – covering 17 albums and 140 A&B sides. 3 DVDs exclude The International Submarine Band LP.  Contents as follows:

  • DISC 1: LHI catalog (MP3 w/cover art)
  • DISC 2: LHI LPs (WAV w/cover art)
  • DISC 3: LHI 45 Singles (WAV w/label art)

Written by Joe Marchese

September 5, 2013 at 14:23

6 Responses

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  1. Wish they’d just release the Hazlewood albums instead of a box with all that other stuff.

    Jon

    September 5, 2013 at 16:15

  2. Ah, this will be great! Actually, Cowboy in Sweden (the movie) was once released in Sweden as a VHS by a small company called Klubb Super-8 along with other Hazlewood/Axelman films: Nancy & Lee in Las Vegas, Requiem For An Almost lady/My Friend Joe and Home Safe For Tigers. But they’re all more or less unavailable now. And no one misses VHS’s, I guess. What I am really longing for after this release is the soundtrack to the movie Smoke, written by Hazlewood and performed by Joe Cannon.

    Pär Pärsson

    September 6, 2013 at 08:39

    • I would love a DVD release of “Nancy & Lee in Las Vegas.” I have never seen it.

      Scott

      September 6, 2013 at 13:31

      • It’s very interesting and quite peculiar. I watch it about once a year.

        ScottS

        November 16, 2013 at 01:37

    • I was lucky to get copies of these a few years back from someone.

      ScottS

      November 16, 2013 at 01:37

  3. I wish they would have released this in smaller packaging. That huge book and packaging is going to make me pass on this one, unfortunately.

    Mark

    September 19, 2013 at 12:37


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