Dr Hook were initially known as Dr Hook & The Medicine Show up until 1975, but for the purpose of this review I shall simply refer to them as Dr Hook.
There are two distinct eras of the music of Dr Hook and this compilation released in 2000 covers a large part of what is to my mind their best period. (The early 1970s) Classics such as Life Ain't Easy, Roland The Roadie, Cover of The Rolling Stone, Queen of The Silver Dollar, Sylvia's Mother and my all time favorite Dr Hook song Carry Me Carrie are all here. Virtually all the songs on this release were written by the late Shel Silverstein (He of 'A Boy Named Sue' fame). As someone has already pointed out, this covers only their first three albums under CBS / Sony, so a few tracks such as I Got Stoned & I Missed It / A Couple More Years & Everybody's Makin' It Big But Me are missing. However this does not take away from the overall package. The general feel of this compilation is of country rock with more than a little bit of humor thrown in. The vocals of Denis Lacorriere (main vocalist) are superb showing emotion especially on Carry Me Carrie , Sylvia's Mother and Ballad of Lucy Jordan to name three. Of the 24 songs on offer here at least two that I am aware of have been covered by other artists. The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan famously by Marianne Faithful, and here in Ireland The Queen Of The Silver Dollar was given the Irish Country treatment (Never a great move but at least it was a nod in the right direction).
Very much an essential cog within country rock history and a band that deserves much more recognition than they get for their contribution to early 70s music. If you have always found their output of the 1980s to be lightweight pop, then I urge you to have a listen to this collection. It might even change your mind about the relevance of Dr Hook within the development of country rock, but it will surprise you.