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Hound Dog Taylor & the Houserockers

Artist: Hound Dog Taylor/Hound Dog Taylor & the Houserockers

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Label: Alligator Records
Album: Hound Dog Taylor & the Houserockers
# Song Title   Time
1)    She's Gone
2)    Walking the Ceiling
3)    Held My Baby Last Night
4)    Taylor's Rock
5)    It's Alright
6)    Phillips' Theme
7)    Wild About You, Baby
8)    I Just Can't Make It
9)    It Hurts Me Too
10)    44 Blues
11)    Give Me Back My Wig
12)    55th Street Boogie

Performer Notes
  • Hound Dog Taylor & The Houserockers: Hound Dog Taylor, Brewer Phillips (guitar); Ted Harvey (drums).
  • Producers: Hound Dog Taylor, Bruce Iglauer, Wesley Race.
  • Recorded at Sound Studios, Chicago, Illinois. Includes liner notes by Wesley Race and Bruce Iglauer.
  • A talent so mighty and so criminally overlooked that Bruce Iglauer started Chicago's Alligator Records just to put out his debut full-length, Theodore Roosevelt "Hound Dog" Taylor may be as important to blues and roots postmodernists as Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters were to the classic blues rockers. With a heavily distorted, highly amplified electric sound that eschewed the standard time-keeping of a bassist for the more propulsive chug of a rhythm guitar player, Taylor and his Houserockers brought the grimy juke-joint boogie back to the fore with this 1973 release. Influenced by Elmore James' loud and hard slide-guitar attack (James' standard "It Hurts Me Too" is given a rather fierce reading) and Freddy King's sweet melodicism, Taylor specialized in good-time dance-floor burners at a time when Chicago blues were sliding into a state of overblown reverence. Most of Taylor's originals are rocked-up party calls, greatly served by the minimal recording production they are given (it is a great lo-fi blues prototype for much of Fat Possum's work in the '90s). And while they may never be as lauded as the anthems of a John Lee Hooker or a Howlin' Wolf, chances are that purists are far more likely to boogie to 'em.

Professional Reviews
Living Blues (p.57) - "Taylor's ragged slide guitar and vocals sound as heavy and biting as ever here, particularly on the devastating slow blues 'It Hurts me Too'..."

Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:25 April, 1989
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