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Born: Anthony Edward Lewis, March 7, 1956 in Long Beach, California, Tony Lewis has made Switzerland his home since 1991. For this, his 5th album, Tony has taken a completely new direction. It resulted from a 2 month stay in a primitive cabin out on the northern New Mexican desert. "NAKED" is an intimate solo acoustic work of mainly original compositions whose strength lies in songs and soul, rather than production and arrangements.
Of the 13 tracks on the album, 10 are either written or co-written by Tony, with the others consisting of an excellent re-working of "The Streets Of Laredo," plus "Across The Borderline," a song co-written by Ry Cooder and John Hiatt that you may remember was recorded by Willie Nelson a few years ago. Tony certainly does the song justice here as he turns in a great version with just his guitar for accompaniment. The other 'foreign' track here is "A Song For You," written by Leon Russell. Opening up the album, the song, which is new to me, is done with only piano for accompaniment.
Of the self penned songs I particularly like the mandolin driven, "When There's No One Around," .a song written in 1986, so it may have appeared on an earlier album with a full production. and the acapella, "Baby It's You," complete with Doo-Wop's and finger clicks. Tony shows his mastery of the French language in "A Chaque Carrefour," while on the 25th anniversary of his first concert, he went back to the same place to record 'Live' "What You Need" a song in which Tony wrote the words and guitar genius Luis Borda provided the music.
"Naked" is an album of what I would call 'late night music.' There are no fancy production techniques here, just 13 songs standing on their own with a very sparse accompaniment. Pour yourself a beer, sit back and 'chill out!'