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Hound Dog Taylor & The Houserockers

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  • Audio CD (1 Mar 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alligator
  • ASIN: B0000009X7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,396 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Walking The Ceiling 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. It Hurts Me Too 3:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. 44 Blues 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Give Me Back My Wig 3:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
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The record that started it all! A classic no-holds-barred Chicago slide guitar boogie & blues by the city's legendary trio. Named a Classic Blues Recording by the Blues Foundations.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Docendo Discimus TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Sep 2003
Format: Audio CD
"When I die", Hound Dog Taylor is reported to have said, "people are gonna say 'he couldn't play s**t, but he sure made it sound good'!"
Well, truth be told, Theodore Roosevelt Taylor wasn't the most subtle or technically varied slide guitarist, but he and his Houserockers did indeed make it sound good.
The production on this their first record leaves a lot to be desired (the drums are mixed way too far into the background, and there are times when you can barely hear Brewer Phillips' second guitar), but having Hound Dog Taylor's crunchy, fuzzy lead guitar right up front isn't too bad, and he rocks on the funky "It's Alright", the fiery instrumental "Walking The Ceiling", and a raw, sloppy take on Tampa Red's "It Hurts Me Too".
Other highlights include the slow blues "Held My Baby Last Night", and Hound Dog Taylor's best original song, the superbly groovy, up-tempo boogie of "Give Me Back My Wig".
Incredibly unsubtle and unvaried, and too many mediocre instrumental pieces, but good fun all the same.
3½ stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By XBBX on 5 Mar 2012
Format: Audio CD
This review is for Hound Dog Taylor and The Houserockers self-titled debut album, originally released in 1971. The CD reviewed is from 1990, on Alligator Records, ALDC 4701.

I'll begin with a quick note about mastering, from which perspective this CD is fine. My ears don't detect any digital fiddling about so it's probably a straight transfer from the original tapes. To be incredbly pedantic, there is some very slight distortion at times when Hound Dog gets a bit exuberant with the vocals, which is probably a consequence of limitations of the original recording set-up, a bit of microphone overload. It's not really noticeable unless you're using headphones anyway, and only occurs for a few seconds on a couple of tracks.

The cover artwork pretty much mirrors that of the original vinyl LP. The quite extensive sleevenotes no longer appear on the rear cover as they'd probably be unreadable reduced to CD sized artwork, so these have been reproduced as a three-page fold out inside the front cover, with a small addition by Bruce Iglauer.

Much as with the band's second album, Natural Boogie, I'm fairly certain this title has never yet seen a remaster, so it should sound the same whether you buy the original 1990 CD or a disc pressed last week.

Before hearing this album I had lived for a number of weeks with Natural Boogie, which generally seems to be considered the slightly lesser of the pair. After being quite impressed by that album I was greatly anticipating finally getting to hear this one. However, it wasn't quite the "upgrade" I was expecting.

Firstly, the mix isn't quite as full sounding as Natural Boogie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. L. Mooney on 21 Mar 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A classic album that still sounds fresh today as it did 37 years ago when it launched Bruce Iglauer's Alligator label with neither Iglauer nor Hound Dog Taylor ever looking back. Brewer Phillips plays second guitar (he uses the bass notes apart from two songs where he solos) and Ted Harvey on drums this is a tight, well produced and enjoyable blues album that rocks along without ever straying into the territory of blues rock. Listen to the powerful and memorable opening track `She's Gone', and you will soon hear the successful ingredients of Hound Dog's musical tradition that can be traced back to earlier slide guitarists such as Homesick James, Elmore James and J. B. Hutto and His Hawks. However, Hound Dog was no mere copyist and he developed and enriched the musical style of slide guitar playing with a harsh amplified guitar sound that critics frequently compared to a chainsaw. Throughout this album his playing is energetic and commanding and it doesn't take much imagination to appreciate how he would have sounded playing live in a South Side Chicago club. A firm favourite with many blues fans, this is a hard hitting, rhythmic and influential album. Buy it!
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An important record in some ways, although not always for musical reasons. Bruce Iglauer heard Hound Dog some time in 1969 but couldn't persuade his boss at Delmark records to record him, so spent a small inheritance in setting up Alligator records just to record him. Alligator is now one of the largest, longest lived, and most successful of specialist blues labels in existence. In another way Hound Dog was also one of the last flowerings of the last flowering of the Chicago blues, because not much of quality followed him.
The band is a trio, with Hound Dog on lead guitar and vocals, Brewer Phillips on second and sometimes lead guitar, and Ted Harvey on drums. It's all high volume stuff with Hound Dog playing fuzzy, distorted guitar, Phillips contributing some raw guitar and Harvey laying down a driving, heavy, rock influenced beat. So, there's plenty of excitement with Hound Dog playing some fine aggressive guitar on 'Taylor's Rock','Give Me Back My Wig', and '55th Street Boogie', and Phillips emerging to lead the band on 'Phillip's Theme', producing a very good solo.
Hound Dog sounds to have been influenced mainly by Elmore James. He plays a couple of Elmore's numbers on the disc and that's where the doubts creep in. Elmore produced raw, edge of the seat excitement, but could couple it with heart breaking emotion because he was one of the greatest blues guitarists, whist Hound Dog simply cranks up the revs and thrashes along. Elmore could holler and cry the blues as a great singer whereas Hound Dog possesses a relatively small voice which sounds oddly lost in the noise the band produces.
This doesn't measure up to the music being produced in Chicago in the previous 20 years, but the band produce an exciting sound and the disc is enjoyable.
On my copy the band sounds well recording and bass and drums are not lost in the mix, contrary to some of the reviews.
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