"Original Recordings" by Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks was the debut album for the group. Dan Hicks started the group after he left The Charlatans, a group he helped founded, in 1968. The liner notes to the CD "The Most Of Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks" described The Charlatans as a group of "psychedelic Edwardian desperadoes". Dan Hicks was tired of the loud screaming vocals and was looking for something different, something a bit quieter. That lead Dan to create The Hot Licks. The Hot Licks was certainly different. A blended mixure of styles of music that makes it hard to place the group in any one certain catagory. That to me is what makes Dan and his Hot Licks so intriguing and one of my all time favorite groups. There is certainly some country to the music. But there is also a bit of jazz, a dash of rock, a suggestion of folk, a twist of Texas swing with a touch of humour thrown in the music to give it a little extra flavor. The title of this album lives up to being original recordings. It is like nothing you have heard before. The Hot Licks career together would be short lived. Only four albums would be made by them before Dan would break the group up because he was tired of being a leader of a group. But what four albums they were.
"Original Recordings" would be the only album they would release on the Epic label. (This particular release of this CD is an import, I believe from Japan but not 100% sure) After its release The Hot Licks would move over to Blue Thumb to record their last three records. Three of the songs on this album would later be re-recored once they started recording with Blue Thumb. "Shorty Falls In Love" would appear on The Hot Licks live performance album "Where's The Money", their first album with Blue Thumb. "Canned Music" and "I Scare Myself" would be re-recored and be included in "Striking It Rich" which is I think their best album (you can read my review on it on Amazon). As a note nine of the 11 songs on "Original Recordings" were remastered and rereleased along with 7 other never before released songs by the Hot Licks on "The Most Of Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks" back around 2001. Due to damage to the master tapes the songs "Shorty Falls In Love" and "It's Bad Grammar, Baby" are not included on The Most Of album. "Original Recordings" can be a hard to find album and it can cost a pretty penny in some places. If you can come across a copy whether CD, cassette or LP I highly recommend getting it. Especially if you are looking for music that is very original and different and guaranteed to give you a good time.