Picks and Pans Review: Albert Lee

updated 03/28/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/28/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

Albert Lee

Clapton's sideman Lee also has his own LP. He is a gifted guitarist who has spent most of his career shining only in reflected glory, having lent his talents to Jerry Lee Lewis, Joe Cocker, Willie Nelson, Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris. His specialty is clean, lavish and creative country picking, and this rockabilly collection has, by turns, the sweetness of sarsaparilla and the kick of white lightning. Lee is helped along by an enthusiastic band of players, overseen by wunderkind Nashville producer Rodney Crowell. For material, Lee borrows Hank DeVito's spiffy Sweet Little Lisa, John Hiatt's clever Pink Bedroom and Don Everly's 1969 lament So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad). The primary appeal is Lee's superb guitar work, but he also unveils an impressively relaxed singing voice—for comparison, Dave Edmunds and Buddy Holly come to mind. This LP confirms that Lee need play second guitar to no one.

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