City Slang - 2002 - 58 minutes

The singing cowboy to beat all singing cowboys, gravel-voiced Lee Hazlewood is best known for his duets with the blond-haired, mini-skirted, daughter-of-Frank, Nancy Sinatra. Playing a leering Gainsbourg to her girl-child Bardot, this mismatched pair had hits with songs such as 'Summer Wine' and 'Some Velvet Morning' and he also wrote her biggest single 'These Boots Are Made for Walking'.

As a producer, Hazlewood was responsible for the trademark guitar twang of rock and roller Duane Eddy and is also credited with releasing Gram Parsons' first recorded output (the International Submarine Band's 'Safe At Home') on his own label, Lee Hazlewood Industries.

His cult status amongst fellow musicians means that City Slang were able to gather a sterling group of contributors for this tribute, including Lambchop, Calexico, Pulp's Jarvis Cocker and Tindersticks. There's also a selection of Norwegian contributors, including Erlend Øye from the Kings of Convenience (continuing the Scandinavian theme with his version of 'No Train to Stockholm'), St Thomas, and Madrugada.

As an introduction to Lee Hazlewood and those he has influenced, 'Total Lee' stands head and shoulders above the normal run of tribute albums. An eclectic selection from the wilder shores of pop.

Caroline Hennessy

Tracklisting: Lambchop: Never Had A Gun, Madrugada featuring Billy Nasty: Come On Home To Me, The Webb Brothers: Some Velvet Morning, Calexico featuring Valerie Leuillot: Sundown, Johnny Dowd: Sleep In The Grass, St Etienne: Got It Back Together Again, St Thomas: The Railroad, Jarvis Cocker & Richard Hawley: The Cheat, Erlend Øye: No Train To Stockholm, The Amazing Pilots: Soul's Island, Kathryn Williams: Easy & Me, My Autumn’s Done Come: Tindersticks, Stephen Jones & Luke Scott: We All Make The Little Flowers Grow, Calvin Johnson & Mark Pickerel: Sand, Evan Dando & Sabrina Brooke: Summer Wine, Kid Loco featuring Tim Keegan: If It's Monday Morning