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As a reward for launching Nancy Sinatra’s career with “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ ”, Lee Hazlewood was given his own record label imprint to work more of his star-making magic on 1960s wannabes.
The hoped-for hits didn’t materialise but over five years the maverick Svengali nonetheless assembled a charming catalogue of orchestral-pop oddities and his own urbane, semi-ironic cowboy music.
This impeccable box set, seven years in the making, comes with a well-researched book about the label and four CDs exploring its output, from Hazlewood’s deep-voiced duets with actress-singer Ann-Margret to cosmic country-rock from International Submarine Band (featuring a pre-Byrds Gram Parsons) and spacey romantic ballads from psychedelic girl group Honey Ltd, who hitchhiked stoned to Sunset Boulevard to audition for Hazlewood in 1968. He signed them on the spot.
Lee Hazlewood Industries
There’s a Dream I’ve Been Saving 1966-1971
(Light in the Attic)