Trouble Is A Lonesome Town (LP)


Lee Hazlewood

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Amoeba Review

03/18/2013

Within Lee Hazelwood’s storied history as a songwriter, record producer and perfect foil to Nancy Sinatra, some of his own work is overlooked, including his first album, Trouble is a Lonesome Town. This reissue aims to rectify that as it presents Hazelwood’s inaugural album as a stunning piece of Americana rich with detailed accounts of the fictional people of the town called Trouble. From poor Ugly Brown to Sleepy Gilwreath the well-dressed undertaker, Hazlewood’s stories are filled with fascinating tales, opening with narrative bits seemingly recorded fireside that dole out genteel cowboy wisdom over Hazelwood’s dusty, acoustic psychedelia. Hazlewood’s booming baritone, doused in reverb, is absolutely gripping throughout as he moves from storyteller to troubadour, while his guitar playing is ever-inspired, echoing the bluegrass and country traditions gleaned from Hazelwood’s childhood as well as Spanish flamenco on the opening of “Son of a Gun.” For those who weren’t previously in the know, listening to Trouble is a Lonesome Town feels like unearthing a classic from a time capsule. Trouble may not be a real place, but it feels so real that you’ll want to pour a cup of coffee or tea and curl up with Trouble is a Lonesome Town as though it were a good book or classic TV show. (Bonus trivia: Hazlewood wrote a TV pilot based on Trouble, which makes since, given its serial nature and self-contained narrative arcs). Besides the album’s 13 tracks, this reissue also houses songs Hazlewood recorded under his Mark Robinson moniker plus story songs about Hazlewood’s own mythos, about his time spent in the Korean War, as a disc jockey and in the record business, told in the same folk storyteller style as the album. Taken together, it’s as essential for Hazlewood aficionados as it is for the casual fan.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Long Black Train
Lee Hazlewood 03:28
2.
Ugly Brown
Lee Hazlewood 04:41
3.
Son Of A Gun
Lee Hazlewood 03:42
4.
We All Make The Flowers Grow
Lee Hazlewood 03:01
5.
Run Boy Run
Lee Hazlewood 02:53


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Six Feet Of Chain
Lee Hazlewood 03:12
2.
The Railroad
Lee Hazlewood 02:29
3.
Look At That Woman
Lee Hazlewood 04:03
4.
Peculiar Guy
Lee Hazlewood 03:03
5.
Trouble Is A Lonesome Town
Lee Hazlewood 04:26


Side C Titles
Artist
Length
1.
It's An Actuality
Lee Hazlewood 02:44
2.
I Guess It's Love
Lee Hazlewood 02:15
3.
Fort Worth
Lee Hazlewood 02:24
4.
Pretty Jane
Mark Robinson 01:50
5.
Want Me
Mark Robinson 02:23
6.
The Girl On Death Row
Duane Eddy 02:44
7.
Words Mean Nothing
Duane Eddy 02:14


Side D Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Can't Let Her See Me Cry
Mark Robinson 03:21
2.
I've Made Enough Mistakes Today
Mark Robinson 02:15
3.
Who Is Lee Hazlewood
Lee Hazlewood 02:46
4.
Moved From Place Of Birth
Lee Hazlewood 01:26
5.
Girl In High School
Lee Hazlewood 01:50
6.
In The Army
Lee Hazlewood 02:02
7.
Disc Jockey
Lee Hazlewood 02:31
8.
Record Biz
Lee Hazlewood 01:44

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