9 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The lone solo album by Detroit multi-instrumentalist Ted Lucas is a thing of quiet, understated beauty. Though Lucas made his name as a Detroit session man, playing sitar and guitar on albums by The Temptations and Stevie Wonder, his solo debut is in a relaxed folk vein, recalling the meditative introspection of Nick Drake and the far-flung musical explorations of John Fahey. The album’s first side consists of six short, near-perfect folk-pop songs. The second part features a trio of instrumental tunes: a sparse acoustic funk workout, a hallucinatory long-form blues piece, and an extended guitar raga. Though the instrumental side is impressive, the simplicity and power of songs like “A Plain and Sane and Simple Melody," “It’s So Easy When You Know What You’re Doing," and “It’s So Nice to Get Stoned" are absolutely staggering. Lucas recorded most of this album in a small attic studio in his house; he released and distributed it himself in 1975. It remained relatively unrecognized until its 2010 re-release on Yoga Records.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The lone solo album by Detroit multi-instrumentalist Ted Lucas is a thing of quiet, understated beauty. Though Lucas made his name as a Detroit session man, playing sitar and guitar on albums by The Temptations and Stevie Wonder, his solo debut is in a relaxed folk vein, recalling the meditative introspection of Nick Drake and the far-flung musical explorations of John Fahey. The album’s first side consists of six short, near-perfect folk-pop songs. The second part features a trio of instrumental tunes: a sparse acoustic funk workout, a hallucinatory long-form blues piece, and an extended guitar raga. Though the instrumental side is impressive, the simplicity and power of songs like “A Plain and Sane and Simple Melody," “It’s So Easy When You Know What You’re Doing," and “It’s So Nice to Get Stoned" are absolutely staggering. Lucas recorded most of this album in a small attic studio in his house; he released and distributed it himself in 1975. It remained relatively unrecognized until its 2010 re-release on Yoga Records.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Great find.

MIKEDEAN,

Thank you, Jack Johnson, for turning me in to this album.

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