Lee Hazlewood :: Trouble Is A Lonesome Town

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For years, one of my rituals when hitting up record stores was a quick visit to the Lee Hazlewood section — alternately located, depending on the shop, in ‘country’, ‘rock’, or the most perplexing, ‘oldies’. You could occasionally find old, beaten down, used vinyl or foreign-pressed (often shoddily produced) import CDs. Other than that locating Hazlewood’s music was often left to best-of compilations — and typically just the Nancy Sinatra collaborations at that. Even finding Hazlewoood’s music via (legal) digital outlets has proved difficult. But there is good news…

Last year Light In The Attic Records launched a massive reissue campaign kicking off with The LHI years: Singles, Nudes & backsides (1968-71), a 17 track set spanning what the label describes as ‘the best of Lee’s solo songs and duets from his LHI (Lee Hazlewood Industries) imprint.’   Indeed.   The LITA Hazlewood excavation continues with A House Safe For Tigers, (previously unavailable outside of a rare 1975 Swedish pressing) and the just released Trouble Is A Lonesome Town, originally released in 1963.

I have some vinyl copies of the LITA reissues to give away to some of the AD faithful. To land a copy, leave your name, a working email in the address field, and your favorite Hazlewood LP. Winners notified via email by Sunday. Have at it…

150 thoughts on “Lee Hazlewood :: Trouble Is A Lonesome Town

  1. I’m a big fan of Love and Other Crimes, which — if I recall correctly — I found thanks to your amazing blog.

    It is one of the few albums I can put on that my mother and I can both enjoy.

  2. My favorite Hazlewood LP is actually this one, Trouble Is A Lonesome Town. Love the spoken word bits.

    Torr Leonard.

  3. Favorite album “Back on the Street” (mostly just for Your Thunder and Your Lightning)

  4. “Requiem For an Almost Lady” just for the bass line alone in “I’ll Live Yesterdays”.

  5. Requiem for An Almost Lady, by far. “I’ll Live Yesterdays” has got to be one of the peppiest yet heartbreaking songs about a dead relationship ever recorded. That bass line alone… man.

  6. Although I love his duets with Sinatra, A House for Safe Tigers is fairly kick-ass. Thanks AD!

  7. I could agree with all the above, but how about Lee Hazlewood-ism: Its Cause and Cure, because “After Six” has just the right pulse. Can’t wait to hear these bonus tracks.

  8. every time i hear his cheesed up version of “the ballad of lucy jordan” on 20th century lee, i daydream of artistic collaboration that will never arrive…

  9. Cowboy in Sweden is my favourite album by Lee. Songs like Cold Hard Times and Suzi Jane singing For A Day Like Today = sweetness and delight.

  10. Been listening a lot to 1972’s underrated 13. You can’t deny the opener ‘You Look Like a Lady’. Definitely a favourite.

  11. I am just a pour man with a heart full of love. Love And Other Crimes all day. At least on days when I don’t have “I’d Rather Be Your Enemy” on loop.

  12. I second the nomination for 1972’s relatively rare “13.” What lyrics! “One week in San Francisco, existing on Nabisco / Cookies and bad dreams / Sad scenes and dodging paranoia.” We’ve all been there, brother. Frankly, almost everything through “A House Safe for Tigers” is worthwhile.

  13. Trouble is a lonesome town. Found a copy on cd after I heard “trouble is a lonesome town” on a cd compilation from mojo magazine compiled by The Clash based on some of their influences. I read there will be some extras on this reissue so it would be nice to hear them and get to read the liner notes.

  14. It has to be The Very Special World of Lee Hazlewood from 1966. ‘My Autumn..’ ‘For One Moment’ and ‘I Move Around’ all on one album.

  15. Trouble is a lonesome town is my favourite, BUT there is something special about the 98% American Mom & Apple Pie 1929 Crash Band album. Hearing his sounds performed that way is just so cool.

    Still, “Look at that woman. Seems so fine. Lord I wish that woman was anybody else but mine.”

  16. Have only recently been getting into Lee Hazlewood. So far I have really been loving Love and Other Crimes.

  17. I have the best of Lee & Nancy, which I was introduced to via Slowdive’s cover of Some Velvet Morning. Been itching to explore some solo Lee; know the title track of this one and always dug it!

  18. “Cowboy in Sweden” because “freedom is where you think it is but there ain’t no train to Stockholm”

  19. It’s going to have to be Cowboy In Sweden for me as well…way too many good cuts on that one, though Requiem runs a pretty close second.

  20. I”m not gonna front and pretend like I know any of his albums intimately enough to have a favorite per se. But I do love Nancy and Lee, as well as the two previous LITA reissues.

    My favorite Lee song that I’ve heard though is Rainbow Woman.

  21. Lately, because I just scored a pretty sweet copy of “Nancy and Lee” it’s been my fave jam. Such awkward love songs. they both often sound so lonely even though they are singing to one another..

  22. I’ve always had a soft spot for NANCY & LEE. Still have my dad’s original vinyl copy – he had amazing taste in music and shared his love of vinyl with me. Thanks pop!

  23. I’ve always really liked “Poet, Fool, or Bum” but I recently found a copy of “20th Century Lee” and I’ve been really surprised with how much I’ve been playing it.

  24. I see a lot of people on here saying Love and Other Crimes, Damn it you took my answer! But you are all correct, That’s the best.

  25. I’m not that deep into Lee’s discography(yet), but so far i gotta go with Love and Other Crimes.

  26. For me, Cowboy In Sweden every time (though with a hat tip to Nancy and Lee as that was the record I found in the charity shop that got me into Lee Hazlewood). Cheers J

  27. Favorite is probably Trouble Is A Lonesome Town for its consistency, but Cowboy In Sweden (with The Night Before and Forget Marie) and Nancy and Lee (Some Velvet Morning and Sand) are pretty close.


  28. My favourite Lee Hazlewood album is Trouble is a lonesome town.
    It’s also my favourite concept album!

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