Light In The Attic and Jim Sullivan got a great full page write up in this week’s L.A. Weekly! Thanks to the amazingly talented Jessica Hundley (author of the great Gram Parsons biography, Grievous Angel) for her words! The feature also talks about two L.A.-based labels–Stones Throw Records and Yoga Records, both releasing essential new and old LPs. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, pick up a copy to tack on your wall. If not, check the link HERE for the full article.
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We are beyond excited to announce the reissue of two classics of American music, The Louvin Brothers’ Satan Is Real and Tragic Songs Of Life plus an essential “Best-of” Handpicked Songs: 1955-1962 featuring original recordings by the Louvin Brothers and “handpicked” by those they inspired (Beck, Lucinda Williams, M. Ward, Will Oldham, Kris Kristofferson, and many more).
But what’s that we hear? Someone is asking “Who are the Louvin Brothers?” Well, simply put, Alabama natives Ira and Charlie Louvin are country music pioneers, Baptist blood brothers known for their trademark close harmony vocal style, mandolin magic, and emotive material ranging from spiritual standards, well-crafted covers to influential originals. They’ve inspired generations with some of the finest harmonies ever recorded and it is with great pleasure that we present these to you.
For audio samples, more info and to pre-order The Louvin Brothers Tragic Songs of Life click here.
Tragic Songs Of Life (LITA 070, 180-gram LP) was originally released by Capitol Records in 1956, the Louvin Brothers’ first long-player with the label. Over 12 succinct Ken Nelson produced tracks, Ira and Charlie—backed by an economic supporting cast—sang tales that, according to reissue liner notes writer Jessica Hundley, “reflected the torment, tragedy, and terror of the human condition.” Features original artwork on a deluxe gatefold “tip-on” jacket, contemporary essay, rare period photos, and beautifully re-mastered audio from the original master tapes (with lacquers cut by John Golden at John Golden Mastering).
For audio samples, more info and to pre-order The Louvin Brothers Satan Is Real click here.
Bolstered by one of the most celebrated and startlingly unique record covers ever, 1959’s Satan Is Real (LITA 073, 180-gram LP) delves into a strange netherworld of country that no longer exists. Touching on the Louvin’s fire and brimstone southern Baptist upbringing, the title track’s spoken recitation proclaims the existence of the devil himself. Features original artwork on a deluxe gatefold “tip-on” jacket, contemporary essay, rare period photos, and beautifully re-mastered audio from the original master tapes (with lacquers cut by John Golden at John Golden Mastering).
For audio samples, more info and to pre-order The Louvin Brothers Handpicked Songs 1955-1962 click here.
A star studded curatorial compilation, Handpicked Songs 1955-1962 (LITA 074, 180-gram LP) is a shot of Louvin Brothers magic. This LP features 14 tracks performed by the Louvin Brothers during their golden era, each personally selected by the likes of Beck, Emmylou Harris, Will Oldham, Kris Kristofferson, Jim James, Dolly Parton and many more, all housed in a deluxe Stoughton gatefold sleeve plus a full color insert with period archival photos, and extensive liner notes along with meticulously re-mastered audio from the original tapes (with lacquers cut by John Golden at John Golden Mastering).
For audio samples, more info and to pre-order The Louvin Brothers Satan Is Real / Handpicked Songs 1955-1962 click here.
Satan Is Real / Handpicked Songs 1955-1962 (LITA 075, 2xCD + Audio Commentary Download) collects on CD the classic Satan Is Real album and the Handpicked Songs “best-of”, housed in a deluxe 6-panel Digipak with a 40-page booklet with period archival photos, and extensive liner notes along with meticulously re-mastered audio from the original tapes. For a better look at this stellar set, check out the “What’s Inside?” video below!
“[...]the impetus of Country Funk isn’t historical accuracy or even critical rehabilitation. Instead, it intends primarily to be a badass playlist, an alt-universe Nuggets that flirts with kitsch but crams its tracklist with unexpected ideas and flourishes, unlikely filigrees of grit and invention.” 8.4, Pitchfork.com
Available worldwide today at fine record stores and LightInTheAttic.net, 16 funky slices of boot cut boogie all dressed up in a package we like to call Country Funk 1969 – 1975 (LITA 083). Legit barn-burners from the likes of Jim Ford, Bobby Gentry, Tony Joe White, Larry Jon Wilson, Gritz, and many, many more. Featuring liner notes by Jessica Hundley and art by Jess Rotter, pick up Country Funk on CD (Digipak with 24 page book), 2xLP (deluxe “Tip-on” gatefold jacket with book) or Digital download today.
And if you’re in Los Angeles this Sunday, swing by the awesome new record store Mount Analog in Highland Park for the Country Funk release party. There will be DJ sets by the Light In The Attic crew, Turquoise Wisdom, Chicken & Waffles (Jessica Hundley & Jess Rotter), plus a live in-store from the Abigails. Deets in the flyer below and be sure to share the Facebook event page here!
Honey Ltd. The Complete LHI Years
LITA 102 (CD | LP | Digital)
Available: July 23rd
Light In The Attic is excited to announce the release of the latest gem from Lee Hazlewood’s LHI imprint, Honey Ltd. The Gorgeous and talented girl group from Detroit, Michigan had all the makings of a hit band, yet they disappeared after releasing just one album in 1968, a vinyl rarity that now regularly fetches upwards of $2,000. Fans of The Ronettes, The Shangri-Las and Pentangle are in for a treat – Honey Ltd.’s music blended social commentary with harmony-drenched, psych-soul pop.
* Photo courtesy of Temmer Darigan
Laura Polkinghome, Marsha Jo Temmer and sisters Joan and Alexandra Sliwin are the girls with the angelic voices. Hailing from Detroit, the four members of Honey Ltd. grew up in a culture of soul music and dance shows, yet forming a band was never part of the plan. It simply happened after they sung together in a Wayne State University cafeteria and found they’d silenced the room. In 1967 they had formed a group known as the Mama Cats and were playing shows with local singer Bob Seger. By 1968, against a backdrop of rioting in Detroit, they’d hauled over to Los Angeles to give music a go, and it’s there that they hitch-hiked to an audition with Lee Hazlewood on Sunset Boulevard. At the time, Lee Hazlewood Industries was in its prime: the money flowed and the roster swelled. “I think Lee just sat there for a while and listened, looking at us,” Temmer recalls. “He said, ‘Yeah, I think we can do something.’ You know – immediately!” Before long, LHI had the band in the studio with crack session music unit The Wrecking Crew.
These were not enlightened times for girl groups. The group were re-named Honey Ltd. by Hazlewood, and were put to work on an album without even realizing it. The band were under the impression they were simply recording singles. As a result, the band were unphased by Honey Ltd’s commercial failure.
* Photo courtesy of Temmer Darigan
The parent label, however, did notice the album’s failure but the girls continued on. By the end of 1968, the band joined Bob Hope on the USO tour and headed to Thailand to perform for soldiers. In 1969, Alex married and quit the band, their tenure on LHI was effectively terminated and the remaining members regrouped as country-rock group Eve. But like their music, the girls’ outlook remained resolutely sunny.
“Its all a karmic equation, isn’t it?” Temmer recalled. “So many things to experience and learn and humbly let go of in this journey. Our friendship is based on love – we love each other… always have… always will.”
- First time ever reissued
- Remastered from the original mono tapes
- Comprehensive liner notes by Jessica Hundley interviewing all four band members, including unseen photos
- 180 gram LP housed in gatefold tip-on jacket and includes 18×24 fold-out poster (repro of original Billboard advert)
- First pressing of CD and LP include die-cut Honey Ltd. sticker (shown above)
- ON-LINE ONLY: First 150 pre-orders get limited pressing on Royal Blue wax! Don’t sleep!
- LP SUBSCRIBERS ONLY: Limited pressing of 150 on Red Velvet wax!
Pre-order Honey Ltd. The Complete LHI Years now from LightInTheAtti.net!
Various Artist - Country Funk Volume II 1967 – 1974
LITA 116 (CD | 2xLP)
Available: July, 15, 2014
In 2012, Country Funk 1969-1975 (Volume I) gathered together songs from a genre with no name. It’s a genre created not from geography or shared ideology but a term applied retrospectively based solely on the feel of the songs: hip-swinging rhythms with bourbon on the breath. These were songs to make your cowboy boots itchy, written and performed by the likes of Bobbie Gentry, Johnny Jenkins and Link Wray. Songs that encompass the elation of gospel with the sexual thrust of the blues; country hoedown harmonies cut with inner city grit. Compiled from tracks dating from the late ‘60s to the mid ’70s, Country Funk is the sound of country music blending with sounds and scenes from coast to coast, white America’s heartland music blending with the melting pot as the nation assessed its identity in advance of its bicentennial year.
The good news for the people who fell in love with the first volume of Country Funk is this: there’s plenty more where that came from. We’re following up that first 16-track disc with a second volume, Country Funk Volume II 1967 – 1974, and a new set of loose-talking, lap steel-twanging tracks. On the single CD / 2xLP volume you’ll find household names like Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, Kenny Rogers, Jackie DeShannon, JJ Cale, Bobby Darin and Dolly Parton. You’ll also find obscure artists like Bill Wilson, whose lost Ever Changing Minstrel album was produced by the feted Dylan producer Bob Johnston, and Thomas Jefferson Kaye, noted producer of Gene Clark’s opus No Other. Gene Clark’s here too, as half of Dillard & Clark, wringing raw emotion from The Beatles’ “Don’t Let Me Down”.
All of the individuals featured have a story to tell, whether it’s that of the sidelined session musician, the fading star or the country upstart. There’s Donnie Fritts (“Sumpin’ Funky Goin’ On”), whose roots stretch back to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and who has played keyboard for Kris Kristofferson for decades. There’s Canadian group Great Speckled Bird, who joined Janis Joplin and more on 1970’s Festival Express tour. There’s Hoyt Axton, who along with singing the harmonica-sucking ode to “California Women”, also took a role in Gremlins. There’s Jim Ford, who Sly Stone once described as “the baddest white man on the planet”. And there’s Billy Swan, who kicks proceedings off with a soul-stirring organ, a lazy kickdrum and his rockabilly vocals echoing like a croon into the grand canyon.
Compiled and presented once again by the team behind Volume I (DJ and music supervisor Zach Cowie plus Light In The Attic’s Matt Sullivan and Patrick McCarthy), the release also includes a reunion of writer Jessica Hundley and Jess Rotter (original album/label artwork and new illustrations by) in the form of a comic book called “The Hot Dawgs”.
It may be the genre that had no name, but there’s plenty of gas in the country funk trunk yet.
- All tracks newly re-mastered
- Features cuts by Bob Darin, Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Willie Nelson and more
- 2xLP housed in a deluxe Stoughton “Tip-On” jacket
- Includes comic with story by Jessica Hundley along with Jess Rotter’s illustrations
- Subscribers and Pre-orders get the exclusive “Country Funk” bandana. Hand silk-screened with teal ink on rough-hewn fabric. Designed by Henry Owings / Chunklet Graphic Control, with art by Jess Rotter / Rotter & Friends
- Color vinyl editions:
- 200 on “Sky Blue” wax + Bandana ( LITA Vinyl subscriber exclusive)
- 200 on “Lime Green” wax + Bandana (LITA.net pre-orders exclusive – limit 2 per customer)
- 100 on “Gold” wax + 7″ (LITA Shop exclusive – limit 2 per customer)