Lee Hazlewood: Friday’s Child

Friday’s Child

Lee Hazlewood

  • US $32.99  

  • Release Date 26 May 2014
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Product code
IF74
Format
Vinyl LP
Label
1972 Records

First-ever vinyl reissue of his third solo album, originally released in 1965

Riding the crest of successive hit-making for Duane Eddy, Sanford Clark, Dean Martin and Nancy Sinatra, the everindustrious Lee Hazlewood still found time to release his excellent third solo album in 1965. His second solo recording for the Reprise label, Friday’s Child indulges his signature country-pop flare and pioneering use of vocal reverb. With electric guitar leads, harp and female backup vocals, the album finds Hazlewood embellishing his arrangements, though some of its strongest moments draw their impact only from his rich timbre. Some artists develop their voice for years; Hazlewood’s third album proves it was an innate and irrevocable gift.

Weepy guitar leads kick off the title track and Hazlewood takes up the story of twinkling sorrow and bad luck. He often speckles pain with humor, but “Friday’s Child” is one of his most purely somber ballads. Elsewhere, with finger snaps, sparse backup vocals and Hazlewood’s emotive intonation, the intro of “Houston” alone could carry on entirely a cappella and still endure as a classic. The composition made a hit for Dean Martin, but the Friday’s Child version shows Hazlewood’s inimitable skill as a vocal stylist. Mostly lacking the dada-esque humor of his first two albums, Friday’s Child places Hazlewood in league with the era’s greatest traditional songwriters, though one for whom pop conventions were to be bucked and cast aside.

Tracklisting
1. Friday's Child
2. Hutchinson Jail
3. By the Way
4. Four Kinds of Lonely
5. Houston
6. Sally Was a Good Girl
7. Since You?re Gone
8. A Real Live Fool
9. I'm Blue
10. The Fool
11. That Old Freight Train
12. Me and Charlie

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