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Diagnosed with a fatal cancer, 77-year-old Lee Hazlewood went about putting together his final album. An old-school maverick who enjoyed several hits with Nancy Sinatra in the ‘60s and received plaudits from the alternative rock crowd in later years, Hazlewood never seemed fazed or concerned with his rising or falling fortunes and doesn’t allow for sentimental moments despite the dimming of the day. His stoic demeanor lends a cool, detached drama to everything he touches and this final collection is every bit as weird and unpredictable as the man himself. “Nothing” begins things with a comedic deadpan, as everything is reduced to, well, nothing. The ‘70s Dave Loggins lite-rock hit “Please Come to Boston” is revived in a smooth, uncampy duet. Hazlewood’s “Some Velvet Morning” is reprised in abbreviated form with a vocal from his granddaughter, while “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” is updated with guitar legend Duane Eddy on lead guitar. Hazlewood turns political for “Baghdad Knights” and goes for a quick waltz with “Fred Freud.” Spirited until the end.

Customer Reviews

What a Discovery!

You can't really classify Lee Hazelwood... rock, a mix of classical, spread over with a sprinkling of western-folk, and topped off with some new age electronics... simply wonderful! Like a recipe of this and that which blends itself into the folky and unusal lyrics, Haxelwood's voice is both deep and resounding like Jonny Cash. I loved it.

Cake or Death by Lee Hazlewood

This is a four star hidden gem that is very close to five star quality. Lee Hazlewood's death, and the mention of some of his great hits with Nancy Sinatra (Summer Wine, Some Velvet Morning, etc.) made me want to search for more of his works. This album, which I did not even know existed, popped up. I sampled the songs and really liked the sound. Lee has an excellent style, including the involvement of other artists (and other languages). I know that the addition of Some Velvet Morning with his granddaughter meant well, but it should have been saved for home memories only.

Music's too important...

Interesting "General Eclectic" and as such few will like it all, but The First Song of the Day is a priceless gem which I first heard on an AA flight from London. A good driving disco beat with Lee singing the first half in German and the second half in English, catchy lyrics (eg. "music's too important, get yourself a good assortment...") and a little self-deprecating humor thrown in at the end. It's been the first song of my day on many days... and I'm glad it's in my assortment.


Born: July 9, 1929 in Mannford, OK

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '90s, '00s

Country and pop iconoclast Lee Hazlewood was one of the music world's most irascible geniuses during a long, fruitful career. An Oklahoma Dust Bowl refugee who grew up to become a dedicated Europhile; a production heavyweight who authored success stories for Duane Eddy and Nancy Sinatra but also a recording eccentric who refused to acknowledge mainstream tastes; a songwriter capable of crippling fatalism ("My Autumn's Done Come") and playful country corn ("Dolly Parton's Guitar"), and songs that...
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