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Louie and the Lovers får deluxe-utgivelse
Datum: 2009-03-30

I forrige uke kom hyllestplata til Doug Sahm, »Keep your Soul«. Uka før var det både hyllestkonsert og egen paneldiskusjon om Dougs musikalske arv under SXSW i Austin, Texas.

Der deltok også Louie Ortega, fast medlem i Sir Douglas Quintet under bandets besøk i Skandinavia på 80 og 90-tallet.

Noe mindre kjent er det at Ortega hadde bakgrunn i bandet Louie and the Lovers, som i 1970 slapp albumet »Rise«, produsert av nettopp Doug Sahm.

Nå jobber L-P Anderson på den definitive antologien fra Louie and the Lovers, med beregnet utgivelse i september. (Dvs. akkurat da Louie kommer tilbake til Skandinavia sammen med en Shawn Sahm-ledet utgave av Sir Douglas Quintet).

Her er utgiver, Bear Familys, forhåndsinformasjon om utgivelsen;

Louie and The Lovers - »The Complete Recordings«

*The definite Louie & The Lovers anthology.
*Includes the mythical, but never before released second album.
*Contains all non-album single tracks plus previously unreleased outtakes.
*Compiled with co-operation from Louie Ortega himself.
*Extensive liner notes telling the full story.
*Luxury Digipak® lavishly illustrated with previously unpublished photos.
*Produced by Doug Sahm (+ Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd, Glen Kolotkin)
*A tex-mex/chicano-rock masterpiece!

In 1970, Louie and The Lovers released the album »Rise«. It didn’t sell at the time, but has been treasured among music lovers ever since. Produced by legendary Texan roots rocker Doug Sahm, the young band (every member was yet to turn twenty) came across like a Chicano Credence Clearwater Revival infused with a pinch of tex-mex Big Star.

Album opener »Rise« is blistering power-pop dressed up in heavenly vocal harmonies and guitar hooks galore while »I’ve Always Got You On My Mind« and »I Just Met You« are soulful ballads, endlessly and timelessly beautiful. »Royal Oakie« is rough, lose happy-go-lucky roots rock. Whatever the reason was that the 45rpm single »Driver Go Slow« didn’t chart is now hard to understand. No wonder Peter Buck (of R.E.M.-fame) is a huge fan of Louie and The Lovers.

This CD expands the original »Rise« with non-album single tracks, session outtakes and most sensational; an entire, previously unreleased second Louie and The Lovers album!

This Bear Family anthology was produced in co-operation with Louie Ortega himself. Our main man reveals the full story of his band in the pages of the extensive cd-booklet and deep inside Ortega's private wardrobe we detected scrap book pictures documenting Louie and The Lovers in full force during a recording session.

All in all, this is the definite Louie and The Lovers record.

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