Monday, January 25, 2016

Lee Robinson Machine - Family Album

Yeah, I know that it is 2016.  But I'm not going to let the turn of a calendar page deter me from highlighting a few more quality releases from 2015.  One of them is Family Album, a vinyl release of an album recorded in Madrid in 1997 by Englishman Lee Robinson under the name Lee Robinson Machine.  Released on a small Spanish label on CD, the label expired before the album gained the notice it deserved.  And the artist himself expired a few years later, despite only being in his mid-forties.  However, Light In The Attic and Munster Records teamed up to offer the album on wax, so the eclectic tastes of Mr. Robinson can be experienced anew.

Robinson played in Fortunate Sons (with ex-members of The barracudas and Flamin' Groovies), The A-10, The Great Outdoors and others.  He also worked for record companies and in stage production, resulting in broad knowledge and appreciation for popular music.  This experience informed his choices for Family Album, which featured blues, post punk, pop, country and reggae.  This album hits the spot with an auteur's interpretation of familiar genres, and is the musical equivalent of a cool breeze on a warm summer day.  I mistakenly ignored it for the first two months I owned it, and have been playing it every day for the last six weeks.  Yeah, it is that good.

Light In The Attic page for Family Album
Munster Records page for Family Album

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