Ted Lucas – Ted Lucas
Ted Lucas fully embodies the spirit of an artist who was once so vital and yet somehow slipped through the cracks of the history of popular music. Once employed as the "exotic instruments specialist" by Motown, he was an accomplished
sitar player (studied with Shankar) but also a great songwriter in his own right. His self-titled 1975 LP is split between styles that touch on Skip Spence/Gary Higgins style loner-folk and the Fahey/Basho axis of raga inspired stringwork; though the later half delves further into Lucas' Eastern leanings with touches of tambura and sitar. Ultimately it was his determination to self-publishing and self-promotion that led to his relative obscurity, a problem that seem almost unfathomable today but plagued many independent minded artists of the previous decades. Of note is the fact that the cover art for this album was by Stanley "Mouse" Miller and is an adaptation of a design he'd originally intended for Jimi Hendrix' unfinished last album. The album has now, thankfully been resurrected and reissued by Yoga/Riverman.

[MP3] Ted Lucas - Now That I Know
[MP3] Ted Lucas - Sonny Boy Blues

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Anonymous Yair Yona (Small Town Romance Blog) said...

easily one of the most important reissues of the year. no doubt about it.

6:01 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

This is great - thank you

8:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of my favorite records of all time, easy.

2:10 AM  

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