In 1969 Lee Hazlewood's personal record label LHI Records was flush with major label cash and Lee wanted to make Ann-Margret his next big star. In the quest for a hit, the pair recorded fuzzed out acid rock ("It's A Nice World To Visit (But Not To Live In)" & "You Turned My Head Around,") orchestral pop ("Sleep in the Grass" & "Chico") and a genuine country album cut in Nashville.
Light in the Attic Records is proud to continue it's Lee Hazlewood archival series with an expanded reissue of Lee & Ann-Margret's The Cowboy & The Lady. The album is Hazlewood's truest country album and a perfect example of the genre hopping he was afforded at LHI with unlimited creative freedom and money to burn. Recorded over a weekend in Nashville with the help of Charlie McCoy and some Nashville session musicians.
With improvised lines like "Look at her standing there with chili all over her dress / If I knew her better, I'd give her a puppy," the sessions were loose and fun, with most tracks cut in one or two takes.
A whirlwind year of lear jet promo tours, magazine photo shoots, television specials and cutting records for LHI wasn't able to bring the success that Lee and Ann-Margret pushed for. A second LHI album with Ann-Margret was planned but never recorded. Within a year of making the trip to Nashville, Lee would be living in Sweden full-time and Ann-Margret would focus on her acting career for the better part of a decade.
Nothing exemplifies Lee's "throw it against the wall and see if it sticks" record production of the LHI era like his work with Ann-Margret. Though it didn't stick, and it didn't sell, Lee's adventure with Ann-Margret is an extravagant tangent that has since grown a cult following...
The "Cowboy" moved slowly out of the booth and into the studio. You could tell by the look in his eyes, that the half-dozen shots of Chivas Regal had put his ego to rest, and he was ready to sing with the "Lady." They Sang for three nights – the "Cowboy" and the "Lady", and the Gods were kind, and their album was finished on time. Herein, lie the results... some good, some bad and some more -Lee Hazlewood
"He had that wonderful, raw sense of humor and that good ol' boy accent. He certainly could turn a phrase" -Ann-Margret
"That was 47 years and about 5000 sessions ago." – Charlie McCoy
"I had done things in Nashville before. I worked with The Jordanaires in '62 or '63. We did a lot of things. I had worked with Charlie McCoy, Floyd Cramer, and Chet Atkins. I love the feeling of Nashville" – Ann-Margret
Deluxe gatefold Stoughton tip – on jacket. Album remastered from pristine LHI master tapes. Includes non album LHI singles as bonus tracks. Download card for all of Ann-Margret's LHI tracks including previously unreleased tracks. Liner notes by Hunter Lea including interviews with Ann-Margret & Suzi Jane Hokom
- Am I That Easy to Forget
- Only Mama That'll Walk the Line
- Greyhound Bus Depot
- Walk On Out of My Mind
- Hangin' On
- Victims of the Night
- Break My Mind
- You Can't Imagine
- Sweet Thing
- No Regrets
- Dark End of the Street
- You Turned My Head Around
- It's A Nice World to Visit (But Not to Live In)
- Sleep in the Grass
- He Rode Away (backing track)