Published May 08, 2013Lee Hazlewood's 1962 set Trouble Is a Lonesome Town was marked with spare western arrangements, but producer Charles Normal (née Norman) has reconfigured the set with grand orchestration and an impressive array of guest vocalists for his Thriftstore Masterpiece's full-album tribute. The re-envisioned LP, featuring such guests as Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock, Frank Black and Pete Yorn, arrives July 9 through SideOneDummy. Interestingly enough, the upcoming release date would have been Hazlewood's 83 birthday.
A press release explains that Normal first fell for the LP in the early 2000s after finding it in thrift store in Norway. He then decided to tackle the recording as a more lushly orchestrated affair with the help of Pixies frontman Frank Black and his brother Larry Norman, though plans were stalled when Larry passed away in 2008.
At the urging of Isaac Brock, Normal got back in the studio and brought in other friends to help him finish the LP. This includes Black, Brock, Dandy Warhols' Courtney Taylor-Taylor, Art Brut's Eddie Argos, Pete Yorn and Kristin Blix.
You can see the details down below, where you'll also find a stream of the snappy saloon-jazz interpretation of "The Railroad," as sung by Brock. The set can be pre-ordered here.
Thriftstore Masterpiece Presents Lee Hazlewood's Trouble is a Lonesome Town:
1. Long Black Train (ft. Frank Black)
2. Ugly Brown (ft. Larry Norman)
3. Son Of A Gun (ft. Frank Black)
4. We All Make The Flowers Grow (ft. Kristin Blix)
5. Run Boy Run (ft. Frank Black)
6. Six Feet Of Chain (ft. Pete Yorn)
7. The Railroad (ft. Isaac Brock)
8. Look At That Woman (ft. Courtey Taylor-Taylor)
9. Peculiar Guy (ft. Eddie Argos)
10. Trouble Is A Lonesome Town (ft. Larry Norman)