July 26, 2015 – 3:16 pm

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Germany 2002 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Centralstation, Darmstadt, Germany; September 18, 2002. Very good audience recording.

Think Nancy Sinatra in the ’60s and Duane Eddy further back in the ’50s. Singer, songwriter, producer Lee Hazlewood, who was usually associated with these two artistes, passed away in 2007 at the age of 78. In May 2015, Wyndham Wallace published Lee, Myself and I: Inside the Very Special World of Lee Hazlewood (Jawbone). In 1999, after 25 years in the wilderness, Lee Hazlewood began his comeback by headlining the Meltdown festival in the UK. In this extract from his new book, Wyndham Wallace reveals how he coaxed the cult singer-songwriter back to the stage:

Spring 1999: Lee Hazlewood, I’d decided, should perform live. It was a naively ridiculous idea, and its greater significance to both Lee and his fans was initially lost upon me: I’d failed to realise that, up to this point, he’d never played solo in the UK…

I told him that only a single show would be necessary – a performance at the Royal Festival Hall, in June 1999, which he would headline – and emphasised that he was free to use his fee to choose any musicians he wanted. Slowly, to my cautious delight, he began softening to the idea…

Lee Hazlewood, at Meltdown 1999, wearing his ‘Movie Facts’ sweatshirt.
Picture by Simon Leigh, posted at theguardian.com.

The evening of Monday 28 June 1999 and prominent indie-rockers such as Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie, the Charlatans’ Tim Burgess, and Placebo’s Brian Molko are standing at the Royal Festival Hall bar in their finest threads. Backstage, even they are overshadowed by the presence of actor Harry Dean Stanton, who with his occasional country band represents one of the night’s two opening acts. The star of my favourite film, Paris, Texas, is pounding the corridor in a white linen suit similar to the one he wore in some of its best scenes. I keep my distance: dealing with one hero at a time is enough.

A bell rings out in the foyer to signal the imminent start of Lee Hazlewood’s first ever British solo concert. Less than three months after we first met, it’s show time. “Here we go, Bubba,” Lee says from a gloomy corner out of sight of the front row, just loud enough for me to register. If he says anything else, it’s buried beneath a vigorous opening drum roll and fanfare. Lee drops his cigarette and grinds it carelessly into the floor. There’s no time to wish him luck before he’s gone, striding up the steps to face his fans, embers still smouldering at my feet. He’s not even reached the stage by the time we’ve heard our first bum note, but, as the crowd spots Lee, and the riotous introduction slips into the more sedate opening of Rider on a White Horse – hardly one of the most prominent songs in his catalogue, but still a firm favourite of the devout – the mistake is submerged beneath their roar…

In front of more than 2,000 fans, celebrities, and the “horse’s asses” reviewing his concert, the genius we have all come to eulogise has reappeared in ill-fitting jeans and a novelty sweatshirt almost certainly purchased in a souvenir gift shop. “Movie Facts” is emblazoned over his heart. A list of film trivia decorates its back. Twenty-five years after he all but vanished from sight, the spotlight has finally found Lee Hazlewood. There he is, one hand tucked stiffly in his pocket, sauntering on stage like a man returning from the toilet.

Click here for the full extract.

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Thanks to the person who shared this show at Dime in 2006.

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Track 01. I’m Glad I Never 1:10 (2.0MB)
Track 02. The Performer 2:10 (3.7MB)
Track 03. You Look Like A Lady 2:24 (4.0MB)
Track 04. I Move Around 3:33 (6.0MB)
Track 05. My Autumn’s Done Come 4:16 (7.2MB)
Track 06. Poet, Fool Or Bum 3:56 (6.6MB)
Track 07. Rosacoke Street 3:20 (5.6MB)
Track 08. The Girls From Paris 3:06 (5.2MB)
Track 09. Love And Other Crimes 0:58 (1.6MB)
Track 10. She Comes Running 2:18 (3.9MB)
Track 11. Dirtnap Stories 5:12 (8.7MB)
Track 12. Strangers, Lovers, Friends 3:57 (6.6MB)
Track 13. For My Birthday 4:13 (7.1MB)
Track 14. So Long Baby 3:55 (6.6MB)
Track 15. After Six 3:41 (6.2MB)
Track 16. All I Ever Lost Was Your Love 4:33 (7.6MB)
Track 17. Drinking Kolsch In Cologne 3:36 (6.0MB)
Track 18. Pray Them Bars Away 2:51 (4.8MB)
Track 19. Monday Morning 3:50 (6.5MB)
Track 20. These Boots Are Made For Walking 4:58 (8.3MB)
Track 21. introductions 2:18 (3.9MB)
Track 22. Whole Lotta Shaking Going On 6:01 (10.1MB)
Track 23. The Troublemaker 3:41 (6.2MB)
80 mins

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  1. 3 Responses to “LEE HAZLEWOOD - GERMANY 2002”

  2. “Where were you, Lee?”
    - Thank you so much.

    By K on Jul 26, 2015

  3. pure schmaltz and the intro is beyond words its so good.


    By dropkick sarge on Jul 26, 2015

  4. Ah, thank you so much for posting this - it made my day. I have just finished reading the “Lee Myself and I” book excerpted above and it is hands down one of the best books I’ve read all year, and possibly the most entertaining music memoir I have ever read. I made me go pull out all my old Lee vinyl and CD bootlegs and even hit Spotify to hear some stuff that had eluded me. This live show is icing on the cake. Salute!

    By F Mills on Jul 27, 2015

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