Top 10 Reissues and Compilations of 2012
|Sensations' Fix, Music is Painting in the Air|
The recordings that make up Music is Painting in the Air stretch across cities, genres, and time.
Led by Italian-born Franco Falsini, Sensations' Fix recorded in nontraditional spaces in Virginia, Florence, New York, and Paris throughout the '70s, embracing prog rock, Krautrock, New Age, and pop. The recordings here are presented collage style, with no regard for continuity. It is simply how Falsini felt like doing it; a theme that congruent with everything else about the mysterious career of Sensations' Fix.
You know Lee Hazlewood, the mustachioed man hanging out with Nancy Sinatra, armed with a powerful baritone. You know Lee the Hit Maker, the one responsible for crafting "These Boots Are Made for Walking."
Slightly less known is Lee Hazlewood post-Nancy, the Lee of the "Cowboy in Sweden" days. LHI Years: Singles, Nudes & Backsides, from primo label Light in the Attic, explores that Lee, the reverent revolutionary of "Trouble Maker," the louche of "Hey Cowboy," the chronicler of stone rider "Califia." The Hazlewood here is a stranger in a strange land, navigating pop charts and cultures foreign to him, but succeeding with every booming turn at the microphone.