Hound Dog Taylor & the Houserockers

Hound Dog Taylor & the Houserockers

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Alligator Records was launched in 1971 with this rough and ready album from guitarist Hound Dog Taylor. It was an auspicious debut for both parties. The gruff-voiced Taylor, a Natchez, Mississippi native, had only recorded two 45s at the time, but he was a popular fixture on the Chicago blues scene. A natural born storyteller, Taylor would intersperse his shows with

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Alligator Records was launched in 1971 with this rough and ready album from guitarist Hound Dog Taylor. It was an auspicious debut for both parties. The gruff-voiced Taylor, a Natchez, Mississippi native, had only recorded two 45s at the time, but he was a popular fixture on the Chicago blues scene. A natural born storyteller, Taylor would intersperse his shows with crazed, rambling tales before launching into drawling slow blues or riotous boogies. Guitar-wise, he's one of the few Elmore James devotees able to maintain the manic energy of James's slide guitar style without mere replication. Taylor's grinding, gnarly tone personalizes "It Hurts Me Too" and "Wild About You Baby" with solos that possess a succinct narrative structure which uses James as a foundation rather than a goal. Along with guitarist Brewer Phillips and drummer Ted Harvey, Hound Dog Taylor cranked out fuzz-toned good-time music like the raucous "Give Me Back My Wig" and "Phillips' Theme" that are part raw, rough bar-band blues, part power trio.

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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
The first album and the perfect place to start. Wild, raucous, crazy music straight out of the South Side clubs. The incessant drive of Hound Dog's playing is best heard on "Give Me Back My Wig," "55th Street Boogie," and "Taylor's Rock," while the sound of Brewer Phillips' Telecaster on "Phillips' Theme" gives new meaning to the phrase "sheet metal tone." One of the greatest slide guitar albums of all time.

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Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Alligator Records
UPC:
0014551470120
catalogNumber:
514701
Rank:
48337

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