Lenny Dee

Easy Come, Easy Go

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Recorded in Nashville with Owen Bradley for that "Nashville sound," Easy Come, Easy Go isn't strictly a country album, but country music does weave in and out of it. Lenny Dee does two songs by Jerry Smith, one of his instrumental music-making brethren from the country field, and a few other tunes associated with country music past and present that account for about half the album. The country-pop instrumentation is crisp and bright, giving Dee's organ solos a more energetic bed than they typically receive. The other half of the album consists of Dee's usual assortment of pop hits across the spectrum, from "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" to "Everybody's Talkin'." Dee's accompaniment is brisk and bright but the arrangements --probably "head" arrangements worked up quickly in the studio -- aren't as interesting as some of his more elaborately orchestrated ones from the '60s, which is quite a detraction for instrumental music.