Lee Hazlewood For Every Solution There's A Problem (City Slang) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
The list of contributors on the recent Lee Hazlewood tribute album, Total Lee! -- including Jarvis Cocker, Calexico, St. Etienne, Lambchop and the Tindersticks, among others -- shows that the influence of the visionary producer/arranger and song poet is more pervasive than ever. As a companion to the Total Lee! salute, the City Slang label has also come up with For Every Solution There's A Problem, a collection of Hazlewood's unreleased demos, and it's a stunner. Although the tunes were recorded with basic accompaniment provided by sidekick Al Casey, they sound completely finished, the single-take spontaneity just adding to their appeal. Songs like Buying Back, Your Thunder & Your Lightning, A Taste Of You, For My Birthday and the classic Dolly Parton's Guitar come loaded with that characteristic Hazlewood wit that will delight his many fans and surprise those who figured he was simply Nancy Sinatra's duet partner.