Following last fall's gigantic Lee Hazlewood retrospective There's a Dream I've Been Saving: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1966-1971, the prolific pop music writer will next be celebrated via a series of LP reissues.
Archival hub 1972 is set to deliver three '60s-era Hazlewood solo LPs on May 5: 1964's The N.S.V.I.P.'s (Not So Very Important People), 1965's Friday's Child and 1968's Love and Other Crimes. The albums had originally been served up through Reprise.
A press sheet describes The N.S.V.I.P.'s (Not So Very Important People), which was the follow-up to Hazlewood's much-praised debut Trouble Is a Lonesome Town, as featuring "playful lyrics veering toward the bizarre, wry delivery and wonderfully understated pop-country song craft." The album starts off with "First Street Blues," a song in which a dragon turns into the town drunk. Other eccentric tracks include "I Had a Friend," which puts its focus on vine-swinger Tarzan's lack of graces.
Friday's Child is described as a more straightforward set than Hazlewood's first two platters, instead weighing in big with country-pop melodies, the artist's "pioneering use of vocal reverb" and songs spiked with "electric guitar leads, harp and female backup vocals." The album features "Houston," a song that would later become a hit for Dean Martin.
Love and Other Crimes rounds out the trilogy of reissues and is noted to have mixed "countrified balladry and lounge styling with light psychedelic pop touches." The album had Hazlewood travelling out to Paris and assembling his "Wrecking Crew" session players to track the set. Highlights include a weeping run-through "She's Funny That Way," the "sleazy blues" of "Rosacoke Street" and more.