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The Lost Album

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Listen Here
Hide Your Heart Away
Send Me an Angel
Leader of the Band
Please Help Me If You Can
Let's Hope Nobody Finds Us
New Morning
Say I Love You
See My Way
One More Mystery
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 53:10

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Just unbelievable


I don't know what's more astonishing - Lewis Taylor's musical gift, or the fact that Island Records rejected this album and refused to release it. If I'm a record exec and someone brings me a record on par with this, I think I'd give the guy the keys to my house and offer him both my daughter and my wife. Lewis Taylor is a genius and The Lost Album is one of the greatest pop recordings in the history of recorded music. Period.

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Love it


"Hide Your Heart Away" has been floating around on my iPod for a couple of years now, and every time it came up on shuffle, I was floored. But I always forgot who the artist was, and forgot to follow up & purchase more (I think I got the track as a free download somewhere.) Anyway, I finally got around to finding more Lewis Taylor. This is great stuff, it will take you to another time & place. The previously mentioned track is essential.

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Taylor is apparently not exactly retired. Here's a free track from DGM http://www.dgmlive.com/archive.htm?artist=15&show=1157

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If you like Lewis Taylor...


Lewis Taylor put out two simply brilliant psychedelic rock albums in the mid 80's before reinventing himself as a soul singer. He released them under the name "Sheriff Jack", and the first of them, "Laugh Yourself Awake" is here on eMusic. It isn't anything like his post 90's output, but still essential listening. Give it a try!

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As the vocals kicked in on "Listen Here" I got shivers down my spine; the harmonies have a Chris Rainbow quality to them, which is just about the best quality to have! There are Todd Rundgren references and the usual unexpected chord change twists and turns that I love of Lewis Taylor. I highly recommend this album and I really hope it gets the life it deserves.

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Perfectly crafted album


Despite being a departure from his bread & butter psychedelic soul/funk direction, those familiar with Lewis Taylor's previous releases will easily recognize that which makes his music so singular and timeless: virtuosic instrumentation, leftfield melodies, gorgeous harmonies, and his angelic, expressive voice. This album instead is comprised of songs originally intended to be a 180 degree turn from his initial "blue-eyed soul" acclaim. Taylor wears his influences on his sleeve, as you can hear shades of Brian Wilson, Yes, Sid Barrett, Todd Rundgren, and Steely Dan throughout this recording. This album represents a perfect exit from the music biz for the now retired musician.

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Not hip hop!!!


Scratching my head here at the way emusic categorized this record... "hip hop"?? Thank God it isn't!!! This is beautiful crafted pop with lots of layered vocals and melodies that remind me of Todd Rundgren a lot. Dig in!

They Say All Music Guide

A first spin of The Lost Album can get you to wondering if what you’ve just heard has any relation to soul, the sound on which the enigmatic British crooner Lewis Taylor has built his next-big-thing reputation. In a dozen songs, he drifts from the ringing guitars of classic ’70s rock (“Hide Your Heart Away,” “Send Me an Angel”) to the warm textures and brilliant atmospherics of a classic “Brian Wilson” composition (“Let’s Hope Nobody Finds Us”) to a couple of vaguely Beatlesque songs (“Say I Love You” and “New Morning”). Along the way, he manages to conjure up Laura Nyro, Todd Rundgren, and Syd Barrett, too — no small feat for a guy who was once supposed to be the next Al Green. That soul courses through Lewis Taylor’s blood is something no one who’s spent time with Stoned, a later Taylor record that was released in the U.S. prior to The Lost Album, could reasonably doubt. He’s just chosen to filter it here, and in lesser hands that could have been a major disappointment. Instead it only adds to his mystery man appeal: something in the loose knit of the songs feels like an invitation — his vocal delivery is more sweet suggestion than bold pronouncement, and his music follows suit. It’s a warm puddle of a disc, moist with possibilities and deep, fresh imprints on well-loved, accessible sounds. Lewis Taylor probably doesn’t mean to play genre roulette with his listeners — more straight-up soul, for all we know, could be on the way — but The Lost Album demonstrates pretty clearly that it’s safe to plunk your money down when he does step up to the wheel. – Tammy La Gorce

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