Doctor Hook

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
An important thing to remember about Dr. Hook is that they never began as a real band, not in the sense of digging deep into their hearts and letting the feelings flow on the page. They were a bar band who carved out a respectable but undistinguished following in the northeast, recording a demo that eventually got the attention of a talent scout who paired them with Shel Silverstein, a poet turned songwriter who needed an outlet for his tunes. It was an unexpected pairing, but one that proved to be perfect, as Dr. Hook had an earthy sleaze that brought out the grime within Silverstein, a songwriter often seen as clean and cutesy, partially due to his famed ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
An important thing to remember about Dr. Hook is that they never began as a real band, not in the sense of digging deep into their hearts and letting the feelings flow on the page. They were a bar band who carved out a respectable but undistinguished following in the northeast, recording a demo that eventually got the attention of a talent scout who paired them with Shel Silverstein, a poet turned songwriter who needed an outlet for his tunes. It was an unexpected pairing, but one that proved to be perfect, as Dr. Hook had an earthy sleaze that brought out the grime within Silverstein, a songwriter often seen as clean and cutesy, partially due to his famed children's books. Silverstein penned everything on the 1971 debut outside of "Four Years Older Than Me," a really ugly piece of blooze-stomp, and there's still a sense that he was testing the border, not quite sure of how far he could push the band. So, there's a sentimental streak that surfaces almost immediately -- "Sylvia's Mother" is an operatic weeper -- but soon they get mired in the voodoo funk of "Marie Laveaux," wink at Lady Godiva, and plead with a lover to kiss the pain away. There's more than a touch of sincerity here but the record really cooks whenever they're singing about grass "Makin' It or Natural" or sex, an inclination they'd run with on the next album, but here there is an appeal to their teetering between sentimentality and sleaze, plus the songs are always good -- funny, solid, cleverly constructed tunes that stand as testament to Silverstein's craft and show how Dr. Hook could deliver upon command.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/1992
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 074643089821
  • Catalog Number: 30898
  • Sales rank: 9,809

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Track Performer
Ray Sawyer Guitar, Vocals
George Cummings Guitar, Steel Guitar
Jay David Drums, Vocals
Billy Francis Keyboards
Dennis Locorriere Bass, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Bill Francis Keyboards, Vocals
Technical Credits
Shel Silverstein Composer
Dr. Hook Arranger, Arranger
Jeffrey Comanor Composer
George Engfer Engineer
Steven Friedman Engineer
Mike Fusaro Engineer
Ron Haffkine Producer, Musical Director
George Horn Engineer
Glen Kolotkin Engineer
Mike Larner Engineer
Don Oriolo String Arrangements
Medicine Show Arranger
Mike Fusar Engineer
Ron Haffkin Arranger, Director, Producer
Baxter Taylor Composer
Steve Friedman Engineer
Stanley Tonkel Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I find it impossible to be objective while reviewing this album (and their follow up) from Dr. Hook. The Harley biker bar I used to frequent in the mid 1970's didn't have a jukebox cause the owner loved to play his personal record collection and Dr. Hook's first two albums were among the most requested (along with a generous helping of Allman Brothers). The combination of party songs and heartbreakers found on the Medicine Show album were perfect for such a setting. Years later it's impossible to think of a road trip without making sure I've got the first two Dr. Hook albums in the car.

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