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Lord Litter
Just Blame Eddie (Trash Tone / Orange Entropy)

By: Gary "Pig" Gold

As the sleeve to this collection handily explains, here's one discful of "remixes, new songs, demos 'n sketches" made at home alone by German indie broadcasting maverick Lord Litter Dittmar. And such a marvelous collection this is, simply (meaning usually just a vocal plus a guitar or three) and coolly bridging that little-explored gap between Sixties renegade-C&W and the more acoustic leanings of those Rolling Stones of "Aftermath" / "Flowers" infamy.

For example, "I Like How It Hurts" manages to somehow meld "Muswell Hillbillies" Kinks towards classic John Hartford, while "Take Me To Texas" should immediately be adopted by, for starters, the Houston Chamber of Commerce. Elsewhere, BOTH the "Chicago" and especially "Nashville" versions of "Don't Send Your Blues My Way" tool cockily as can be down some high, lonesome southwestern Interstate, while "The Green Fleet" interrogates aliens (of the extraterrestrial fashion) in a way not heard since at least the Byrds' "Mr. Spaceman" landed.

But I feel one should listen most closely to "Living In The Future," where Litter's alt.outlaw tendencies flavor a tune so subtly complex it harkens towards no less than the song-suite stylings of late '68 J. Lennon. Really! All this, plus an homage in twelve-bar to fellow home-recording icon Ken Klinger, adds up to forty-minutes-eleven of pure (and then delightfully impure!) rooty-rocking and even rolling which surely belongs in your ears on a regular basis.

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