Trouble Is a Lonesome Town

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All Music Guide - Stanton Swihart
Trouble Is a Lonesome Town was Lee Hazlewood's first proper solo album, following his prosperous late-'50s partnership with Duane Eddy and prior to his mentoring and making of '60s boot-walker Nancy Sinatra. Hazlewood considered it a "writer's album" from which other artists could cull songs, but Trouble is a perfectly legitimate effort in its own right and characteristically wonderful Hazlewood. The songs are succinct, country-drenched cowboy ballads given a certain undeniable authority by Hazlewood's warm, bottomless baritone, which booms out of the music like a voice amplified from the heavens. The album runs through jail songs "Six Feet of Chain", railroad songs ...
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All Music Guide - Stanton Swihart
Trouble Is a Lonesome Town was Lee Hazlewood's first proper solo album, following his prosperous late-'50s partnership with Duane Eddy and prior to his mentoring and making of '60s boot-walker Nancy Sinatra. Hazlewood considered it a "writer's album" from which other artists could cull songs, but Trouble is a perfectly legitimate effort in its own right and characteristically wonderful Hazlewood. The songs are succinct, country-drenched cowboy ballads given a certain undeniable authority by Hazlewood's warm, bottomless baritone, which booms out of the music like a voice amplified from the heavens. The album runs through jail songs "Six Feet of Chain", railroad songs "The Railroad", traveling songs "Long Black Train", and cold-hearted love songs "Look at That Woman" peppered with outlaws, itinerants, dead-end women, card players, and beat-down heroes, too. Between the songs, Hazlewood shows his storyteller's gift by offering up bits of narration, and the album itself is a storyteller's record. Trouble is like a cross between a novel full of idiosyncratic character studies à la Faulkner and a John Wayne Western, with Hazlewood -- looking a lot like a dharma bum on the album cover, sitting on the railroad tracks with his guitar and a dangling cigarette -- spinning out intricate yarns about all manner of interesting souls with names like Orville Dobkins and Emory Zickfoose Brown, all residents of the hard-scrabbled fictitious town Trouble "nothing with a railroad running through it", which is loosely based on his birthplace. The music is as somber and loping as such subject matter demands, mostly consisting of strummed acoustic guitars and woeful harmonica wails that weep the blues. But it is in the purposefully humorous, sympathetic, and colorful storytelling that the distinct, dead-on Americana heart of Trouble lays.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/2013
  • Label: Light In The Attic
  • UPC: 826853009621
  • Catalog Number: 96
  • Sales rank: 33,256

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Long Black Train (3:38)
  2. 2 Ugly Brown (4:41)
  3. 3 Son of a Gun (3:42)
  4. 4 We All Make the Flowers Grow (3:01)
  5. 5 Run Boy Run (2:53)
  6. 6 Six Feet of Chain (3:12)
  7. 7 The Railroad (2:29)
  8. 8 Look At That Woman (4:03)
  9. 9 Peculiar Guy (3:03)
  10. 10 Trouble is a Lonesome Town (4:26)
  11. 11 It's an Actuality (2:44)
  12. 12 I Guess It's Love (2:15)
  13. 13 Fort Worth (2:24)
  14. 14 Pretty Jane - Mark Robinson (1:50)
  15. 15 Want Me - Mark Robinson (2:23)
  16. 16 The Girl On Death Row (2:44)
  17. 17 Words Mean Nothing (2:14)
  18. 18 Can't Let Her See Me Cry - Mark Robinson (3:21)
  19. 19 I've Made Enough Mistakes Today - Mark Robinson (2:15)
  20. 20 Who Is Lee Hazlewood? (2:46)
  21. 21 Moved From Place of Birth (1:26)
  22. 22 Girl in High School (1:50)
  23. 23 In the Army (2:02)
  24. 24 Disc Jockey (2:31)
  25. 25 Record Biz (1:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lee Hazlewood Primary Artist, Vocals, Interviewee
Duane Eddy Guitar
Al Casey Guitar
Billy Strange Guitar
Hal Blaine Percussion, Drums
Billy Lee Riley Guitar, Harmonica
Bert Dodson Bass
Marshall Leib Guitar
Technical Credits
Duane Eddy Composer
Al Casey Interviewer
Lee Hazlewood Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Jack Nitzsche Arranger
Marty Cooper Interviewer
Chuck Britz Engineer
Jim Malloy Engineer
Mark Pickerel Images, Archival Materials
Jack Tracy Liner Notes
Jimmy Dell Interviewer
John Dixon Images, Archival Materials
John P. Dixon Liner Notes
Geoffrey Weiss Images, Archival Materials
Matt Sullivan Executive Producer
Josh Wright Executive Producer
John Baldwin Remastering
Ian Marshall Images, Archival Materials
Jason Grant Proof Reading
Hunter Lea Images, Archival Materials
Barton Lee Hazlewood Images, Archival Materials
Sill Hazlewood Producer
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