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Artist: LEWIS
Title: LAmour
Format: CD
Label: Light in the Attic
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"In 1983, a man named Lewis recorded an album named LAmour, which was released on the unknown label R.A.W. And thats about all we know. The record itself is a delicate, whispered album, reflecting the way the artist himself -- spectral, movie star-like -- almost disappears into the grey of the cover. It should come as no surprise that it failed to shout loudly enough to be noticed, another private press album that sank without trace. The ingredients are simple: smooth synthesizers, feather-light piano, ethereal, occasionally inaudible vocals and the gentle plucking of acoustic guitars. But the effects are arresting: a spine-tingling, sombre album that echoes Springsteens Nebraska or Angelo Badalamentis atmospheric soundtracks. Later, Arthur Russell would grasp for something similar on the epochal World of Echo LP. LAmour is a true discovery of the blog age, uncovered in an Edmonton flea-market by collector Jon Murphy, passed on to private press fanatic Aaron Levin, shared on the internet and speculated over by lovers of curious LPs. Theres almost no information about Lewis or the album on the internet. Theres precious little on the sleeve: a dedication to Sports Illustrated supermodel Christie Brinkley, a photo credit for Ed Colver, the noted L.A. punk rock photographer, and credits for engineer Bob Kinsey and synth player Philip Lees. All that was known of Lewis is conjecture: a rumor that he was a con artist who fled after not paying for LAmours photo-shoot and a dubious theory that he was not actually of this earth." - Light in the Attic.

Artist: LEWIS
Title: Lamour
Format: LP
Label: Light in the Attic
Country: USA
Price: $23.00
“Housed in a deluxe Stoughton tip-on gatefold jacket. Includes download card. "In 1983, a man named Lewis recorded an album named LAmour, which was released on the unknown label R.A.W. And thats about all we know. The record itself is a delicate, whispered album, reflecting the way the artist himself -- spectral, movie star-like -- almost disappears into the grey of the cover. It should come as no surprise that it failed to shout loudly enough to be noticed, another private press album that sank without trace. The ingredients are simple: smooth synthesizers, feather-light piano, ethereal, occasionally inaudible vocals and the gentle plucking of acoustic guitars. But the effects are arresting: a spine-tingling, sombre album that echoes Springsteens Nebraska or Angelo Badalamentis atmospheric soundtracks. Later, Arthur Russell would grasp for something similar on the epochal World of Echo LP. LAmour is a true discovery of the blog age, uncovered in an Edmonton flea-market by collector Jon Murphy, passed on to private press fanatic Aaron Levin, shared on the internet and speculated over by lovers of curious LPs. Theres almost no information about Lewis or the album on the internet. Theres precious little on the sleeve: a dedication to Sports Illustrated supermodel Christie Brinkley, a photo credit for Ed Colver, the noted L.A. punk rock photographer, and credits for engineer Bob Kinsey and synth player Philip Lees. All that was known of Lewis is conjecture: a rumor that he was a con artist who fled after not paying for LAmours photo-shoot and a dubious theory that he was not actually of this earth." - Light in the Attic.
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Artist: LEWIS
Title: Romantic Times
Format: CD
Label: Light In The Attic
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"Earlier this year (2014), we released the mysterious, bewitching LAmour, a 1983 private press record thought to be the only release by one of musics true lost talents: Lewis. So lost, in fact, was Lewis, he eluded every effort to track him down. Scant details were known: just a series of possibly apocryphal stories about a sports car-driving Canadian with a model on his arm and a habit of skipping town when there were bills to be paid. Deciding that Lewis spider web-delicate songs demanded to be heard, we put the album out anyway, offering to present the due royalties to anyone who could prove they were Lewis. One sure thing was this: Lewis was a man of many names: Randall A. Wulff among them. Now we have either found another alias -- or perhaps even his real name -- on the sleeve of a completely unknown album. Sourced soon after the re-release of LAmour, Romantic Times is the 1985 follow-up to LAmour -- and its released as Lewis Baloue. The name may be slightly different, but this is absolutely our man: a familiar blond posing on the sleeve, a familiar, tortured voice pouring his heart out over languid synths and synthetic waltz beats. Remastered from a sealed, vinyl copy of the ultra-rare album, the album was discovered in the vaults of DJ and collector Kevin Sipreano Howes in Vancouver, BC. Its so rare that what is, at present, the only other known copy -- found in the same Calgary store where Aaron Levin discovered a batch of sealed copies of LAmour -- is presently soaring into quadruple digits on eBay. Even engineer Dan Lowe, credited for working on the album at Calgarys Thunder Road Studios, remembered little about the session other than that Lewis seemed to be under the influence. Yet the music is utterly captivating. The album further fleshes out the Lewis myth -- we see him pictured in that white suit with his famous white Mercedes and a private jet too; we hear him focussing more intently on matters of the heart, and appearing to unravel in the process. I felt like I was witnessing a full-blown exorcism of a phantom clad in the finest linen, writes filmmaker and historian Jack D. Fleischer in his brand new liner notes. This record went further [than LAmour]. It was a personal plea, of sorts. Something had gone wrong. Nerves were clearly exposed. It paints Lewis, then, as being more like a David Lynch character than even his debut did, exposing the darkness beneath the sheen." - Light in the Attic.

Artist: LEWIS
Title: Romantic Times
Format: LP
Label: Light In The Attic
Country: USA
Price: $23.00
"Earlier this year (2014), we released the mysterious, bewitching LAmour, a 1983 private press record thought to be the only release by one of musics true lost talents: Lewis. So lost, in fact, was Lewis, he eluded every effort to track him down. Scant details were known: just a series of possibly apocryphal stories about a sports car-driving Canadian with a model on his arm and a habit of skipping town when there were bills to be paid. Deciding that Lewis spider web-delicate songs demanded to be heard, we put the album out anyway, offering to present the due royalties to anyone who could prove they were Lewis. One sure thing was this: Lewis was a man of many names: Randall A. Wulff among them. Now we have either found another alias -- or perhaps even his real name -- on the sleeve of a completely unknown album. Sourced soon after the re-release of LAmour, Romantic Times is the 1985 follow-up to LAmour -- and its released as Lewis Baloue. The name may be slightly different, but this is absolutely our man: a familiar blond posing on the sleeve, a familiar, tortured voice pouring his heart out over languid synths and synthetic waltz beats. Remastered from a sealed, vinyl copy of the ultra-rare album, the album was discovered in the vaults of DJ and collector Kevin Sipreano Howes in Vancouver, BC. Its so rare that what is, at present, the only other known copy -- found in the same Calgary store where Aaron Levin discovered a batch of sealed copies of LAmour -- is presently soaring into quadruple digits on eBay. Even engineer Dan Lowe, credited for working on the album at Calgarys Thunder Road Studios, remembered little about the session other than that Lewis seemed to be under the influence. Yet the music is utterly captivating. The album further fleshes out the Lewis myth -- we see him pictured in that white suit with his famous white Mercedes and a private jet too; we hear him focussing more intently on matters of the heart, and appearing to unravel in the process. I felt like I was witnessing a full-blown exorcism of a phantom clad in the finest linen, writes filmmaker and historian Jack D. Fleischer in his brand new liner notes. This record went further [than LAmour]. It was a personal plea, of sorts. Something had gone wrong. Nerves were clearly exposed. It paints Lewis, then, as being more like a David Lynch character than even his debut did, exposing the darkness beneath the sheen. LP version, housed in deluxe Stoughton tip-on gatefold jacket. Includes download card." - Light in the Attic.

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