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- Ted Lucas by Ted Lucas
8/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 18 November 2010
The work of Ted Lucas has circulated through collectors circles via tapes, mp3s and the like for many years. Drag City have taken the liberty of re-pressing his most well known self-titled, self-released LP from 1975. The background on Lucas is daft good, he studied under Ravi Shankar, he was Motown's 'exotic instrument specialist' playing on many a fantastic record, he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Alice Cooper and Ted Nugent and even had artist Stanley Mouse (primarily known for his work with The Grateful Dead) adapt the art for Jimi Hendrix's last (and unreleased) LP for his solo effort. Lucas is an obsessive artist and performer whose DIY style meant that much of his solo work has been criminally overlooked by labels and public alike. The album itself is a testament to Lucas's skill and conviction as an artist with these tracks feeling like a missing link in the history of psychedelic folk and pop. It's got a Cat Stevens without being shit vibe to it with elements of the counter culture era traditionalism of Crosby, Stills and Nash in there for good measure. So, you get outstanding lead and backing vocal performances from Lucas that ooze a wisened subtlety. On top of that you're treated to some beautiful guitar playing and amazingly consistent production throughout which makes for a thoroughly worthwhile listen. Great for getting baked and dwelling on the finer things in life... Like getting baked and listening to this record. Outstanding stuff.
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