Lucky Luxury​.​.​.​goes SKA!

by Lucky Luxury

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about

The recording of this album was actually completed roughly 6 years ago. Why L.L. has kept it so tightly tucked under his hat for that long is anybody’s guess (I certainly couldn't get it out of him). But that’s the cool thing about music revivalists; if they do their job well, there should be a timelessness involved regardless of when the record hits the streets. This shines through unequivocally on the present recording. Lucky Luxury has formulated a record that would be equally likely to pump through some massive speakers in a ’69 Brixton shebeen as it would be on the hi-fi system of a ’59 San Fernando Valley bachelor pad.

This timelessness isn’t limited to the musical styles represented or the gloriously lo-fi sound quality of the record either (which seems to even share some sonic characteristics with a 1940’s Savoy recording). It permeates through the lyrical subject matter as well. The lyrics to the rousing calypso number, ‘The Sneak’ tell the tale of less-than-trustworthy female counterpart; a situation much older than even the Trinidadian calypso that inspired it. The struggle for mankind to balance their innate desire for both freedom and security that comes across in ‘Camp for the Night’ and ‘Condemned to Freedom’ has been tackled by any philosopher from the empiricist or rationalist school that anyone could name.

American composer Aaron Copland once said that if a literary man puts together two words about music, one of them will be wrong. Certainly debatable, but it’s hard not to talk or write about such an exciting and interesting record that will likely prove to be celebrated by roots music enthusiasts for quite some time. My word, written or spoken, need not be taken on its own merit. Open your ears and get ready for a very special record, as Lucky Luxury goes SKA!

-Boscoe B.

credits

released November 7, 2015

All songs written and arranged by Eric K. Johnson except:

“Lucky 13” music written by Tom Johnson
“I Need You” music written by Aaron “Rev” Morris, lyrics written by Eric K. Johnson
Art direction & design by Eric K. Johnson

Personnel:
Lucky Luxury (Eric K. Johnson)– all instruments, except:

Dan Pem – tenor saxophone on “Camp for the Night”, “Jungle Jump”, “Lucky 13”, “Downbeat Eulogy”, & “Condemned to Freedom”

Chris Leopold – trombone/trumpet on “Camp for the Night”, “Jungle Jump”, “Lucky 13”, “Downbeat Eulogy”, & “Condemned to Freedom”

Rev Morris – trumpet on “Downbeat Eulogy”

Performed & recorded by Eric K. Johnson except where noted
Mixed by Eric K. Johnson
Additional mixing by Tom Johnson
Liner notes by Boscoe B.

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Lucky Luxury Lawrence, Kansas

A veteran of the US ska scene, L.L. served as the guitarist for the highly regarded instrumental ska/reggae group The Secondhands, and its vocal off-shoot that came in the form of Brent Berry & The Roots Crew, later providing guitar work for The Shop, another 60's ska and reggae group that in typical ‘show band’ fashion focused on the choicest cuts from Jamaican producers of vintage stature. ... more

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