I really love the series that Ace Records have put together that compile obscure covers from top notch 60s singer songwriters. The PF Sloan http://www.amazon.co.uk/Words-Music-P-F-Sloan-Steve-Barri/dp/B003GE69LQ/ref=s… and Jackie de Shannon ones http://www.amazon.co.uk/Breakaway-Songs-Jackie-DeShannon-1961-1967/dp/B001FE1… are unmissable and now comes potentially the best of the lot.
Califa chronicles the songwriting genius of one Lee Hazlewood, a man best known for supplying Nancy Sinatra with some of the very best songs of the 60s (or come to think of it any decade).
Due at the end of August Califa is a Hazlewood’s obessive dream come true. There are interesting covers of his big hits, along with some early 60s obscurities and some genuine, but little heard classics. Chief among these IMO is Ann Magaret’s You Turned My Head Around, which is an amazing psych pop tune. Here’s the original (with rather odd video) along with Dean and Britta’s (of Galaxie 500 fame) recent cover.
1. LADY BIRD – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood 2. NEED ALL THE HELP I CAN GET – Suzi Jane Hokom 3. SWEET RIDE – Dusty Springfield 4. THE REBEL KIND – Dino, Desi & Billy 5. THE FOOL – Sanford Clark With Al Casey 6. HAVE LOVE, WILL TRAVEL – The Sharps 7. SNAKE EYED MAMA – Don Cole 8. THE GIRL ON DEATH ROW – Lee Hazlewood with Duane Eddy 9. THE DIP – Hal Blaine & The Young Cougars 10. HOUSTON – Sanford Clark 11. YOU TURNED MY HEAD AROUND – Ann-Margret 12. THE CITY NEVER SLEEPS AT NIGHT – The Shacklefords 13. GUITAR ON MY MIND – Duane & Miriam Eddy 14. CALIFIA (STONE RIDER) – Lee Hazlewood & Suzi Jane Hokom 15. MY BABY PLAYS THAT SAME OLD SONG ON HIS GUITAR ALL NIGHT LONG – Duane Eddy & The Rebelettes 16. TWELVE FEET HIGH – The Hondas 17. (I’M AFRAID) YOU’LL HURT ME – The Darlenes 18. THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKIN – Rose & The Heavenly Tones 19. WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO IN ’64? – The Wildcats 20. YOU CAN’T STAY HERE – The Barker Brothers 21. NOT THE LOVIN’ KIND – Dino, Desi & Billy 22. (GOT THE) TEEN-AGE BLUES – Al Casey & The Bats 23. DON’T LOOK NOW, BUT I’VE GOT THE BLUES – B.B. King 24. GUITARS, GUITARS, GUITARS – Al Casey With The K-C-Ettes 25. DAS IST ZAUBEREI – Peggy March