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Taylor, Lewis - 2005 The Lost Album

ARTIST: Taylor, Lewis
ALBUM: The Lost Album
LABEL: Hacktone Records
SERIAL: R2-971536
YEAR: 2005


LINEUP: Lewis Taylor - all vocals, all instruments

TRACK LISTING: 01 Listen Here * 02 Hide Your Heart Away * 03 The Leader Of The Band * 04 Yeah * 05 Please Help Me If You Can * 06 Let's Hope Nobody Finds Us * 07 New Morning * 08 Say I Love You * 09 See My Way * 10 One More Mystery * 11 Lost * 12 Lucky (Acoustic) * 13 Track (Acoustic) * 14 Song (Acoustic)


Former member of wacked-out heavies The Edgar Broughton Band; guitarist Lewis Taylor released a couple of schizoid psych albums on his own in the 1980s as Sheriff Jack but found critical acclaim a decade later with his blue-eyed soul 'debut' released on Island in 1996. His biggest influences had long been The Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac and feeling pigeon-holed by the press who labeled him as 'the next Al Green' Taylor recorded this album which was clearly more in keeping with his 70s rock roots. Island in their infinite wisdom rejected the record, shelving the project until Taylor released the recordings on his own in 2005.

The Songs
'The Lost Album' was released on both sides of the pond with very different art work. The American version pictured above housed in a nice mini-LP textured sleeve and the British release dressed in plain brown. Either is fine since it's the music that matters and what a beauty it is. An unmistakable Todd Rundgren influence is heavy throughout especially on the majestic opener 'Listen Here', but it's The Beach Boys that get the biggest check-in. Taylor sings and plays everything all by his lonesome and pulls off some of the best Brian Wilson imitations I've heard this side of Chris Rainbow yet it's hardly a retro album with inventive arrangements and an instrumental prowess that crackles with innovation. 'Hide Your Heart Away' and 'The Leader Of The Band' show-off Taylor's sparkling pop sensibilities, but it's the harmony vocals that nail it for me. This is clearly a man who understands Brian Wilson's timeless genius "Please Help Me If You Can' and the sumptuous 'Let's Hope Nobody Finds Us' case in point. A warm touch of ethnic jazz on 'New Morning', some Lenny Kravitz styled faux funk heaviness on 'See My Way' and a nudge at Paul McCartney on the 'Hey Jude' re-do 'One More Mystery'; it's hard to understand why Island, a label well-known for supporting pop innovation let this one slip through the cracks.

In Summary
Now out of print, few took notice of 'The Lost Album' upon release, but now you know and there should be no excuses not tracking down a copy. Taylor has since kept a relatively low profile but based on this disc I hope it's not the last we hear from this incredible talent.

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#1 | gdazegod on September 18 2011 03:51:16
If you go to the Hacktone website link (in the above review), you can hear some samples from this album.
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