The long-overdue reissue of Ted Lucas' one solo LP (1975) is a collaborative effort between Yoga Records, Sebastian Speaks, and Riverman Music. It took a long time because we wanted to get it right. We want to say thanks for your patience.
Time for the world to hear this masterpiece.
Ted Lucas flirted with fame in the late 60s in the Spike Drivers and Misty Wizards, studied with Ravi Shankar, went home to Detroit and played sitar for Motown, and recorded his album, referred to by family and friends as The OM Record (after Ted's private label name), in Detroit and Nashville.
Today the album is a cult favorite with few parallels. Ted Lucas, forgotten for so many years, is finally achieving the international recognition that eluded him in life.
If you like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, Skip Spence, Ruthann Friedman, Linda Perhacs, Sibelle Baier... You will like this album. If you want to know more about who Ted Lucas was, listen to this entertaining, enlightening, potentially reality-altering interview.
This LP comes packaged in high quality Stoughton "old style" covers. No shrinkwrap and no bar code. Click on the scarab to order an LP. Please for wholesale rates. Please ask your local shop to stock it -- just tell them it's available from top distributors like Forced Exposure, Revolver, Drag City, etc.
You can also order a CD, or download a free PDF of the full CD liner notes by Ted's friend, the legendary rock and roll designer Dennis Loren. The CDs, co-produced by Riverman Music, are in the high quality, environmentally-friendly "mini LP" paper sleeve style.
"So beautiful... reissue of the year?" wonders Arthur Magazine.
"If 2010 is the year of the re-issue, and Yoga Records’ re-issue of Ted Lucas’ self-titled LP is the best re-issue of 2010, then I guess we’ve found our record of the year" answers Willie Schube at The Tape blog.
Brendan McGrath at The Rising Storm blog also says this is "one of the best reissues of the year."
Zach Cowie aka Turquoise Wisdom (who hates blurbs, sorry Zach) preemptively said at the When You Awake blog: "Mark my words—when (they get) this monster out there it will be REISSUE OF THE YEAR– too easy!"
Weirdo Records in Boston writes: "By the beginning of the 70s, major cities/studios usually had a session guy who was the go-to for sitars, bells, & other frequently requested ephemera. In Los Angeles it was Emil Richards, and in Detroit it was Ted Lucas. Vocal overdubbing totally reminds me of Steve Miller ('Fly Like an Eagle'), and the cover art is by the guy who did Journey's logo (in fact, the cover art actually depicts what later became Journey's logo). Mellow country-ish songs, but the sitar & dulcimer & tambura & so on are here & they sound pretty cool. Lyrics to 'It is So Nice to Get Stoned' are also pretty unbeatable."