Rising/Players in the Dark [Remastered]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
BGO's 2013 two-fer Rising/Players in the Dark pairs Dr. Hook's two albums for Columbia -- 1980's Rising and its 1982 sequel Players in the Dark -- which also happen to be their last two albums of original material. Rising picks up the satin thread from Sometimes You Win, finding this collection of former hippies essentially burying their ragged roots underneath layers of polyester gloss and disco beats. Their woolly former incarnation peeks into view at the closing "99 and Me," a lengthy pseudo-blues vamp that's lost amidst the rest of the record's sweetened urban cowboy balladeering and soft rock-disco seduction. Often, it seems that the band is intent on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
BGO's 2013 two-fer Rising/Players in the Dark pairs Dr. Hook's two albums for Columbia -- 1980's Rising and its 1982 sequel Players in the Dark -- which also happen to be their last two albums of original material. Rising picks up the satin thread from Sometimes You Win, finding this collection of former hippies essentially burying their ragged roots underneath layers of polyester gloss and disco beats. Their woolly former incarnation peeks into view at the closing "99 and Me," a lengthy pseudo-blues vamp that's lost amidst the rest of the record's sweetened urban cowboy balladeering and soft rock-disco seduction. Often, it seems that the band is intent on remaking Sometimes You Win -- the flow almost mirrors its predecessor -- and while they certainly get the form right, the substance is plainly lacking. The opener "Girls Can Get It" isn't bad -- it deservedly scraped the bottom of the Top 40 -- but apart from that opening cut, very few of the songs have hooks that stick, which means Rising is a pleasant enough listen but never lodges in the memory. Players in the Dark is a better affair, largely due to its riotously sleazy opener, "Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk," an ode to a swaying denim-clad lass that is in joyous bad taste. Dr. Hook swims to similar depths elsewhere here, most notably on the nonsensical "The Turn On" where Dennis Locorriere is made to sing "tacos turn me on", but for the most part this showcases Locorriere the seducer, singing ballads draped in satin. Some of these songs aren't so bad -- "Loveline" was a minor hit and should've been -- and the emphasis on slow ones gives Players in the Dark a consistency Rising didn't quite have, but it's also clear that Dr. Hook had reached the end of the road. They're just lucky that they concluded on a vague note of triumph thanks to "Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/2013
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261210845
  • Catalog Number: 6121084
  • Sales rank: 70,750

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Girls Can Get It (3:17)
  2. 2 Body Talkin' (3:05)
  3. 3 That Didn't Hurt Too Bad (2:52)
  4. 4 Blown Away (3:13)
  5. 5 S.O.S. For Love (3:41)
  6. 6 Doin' It (3:13)
  7. 7 Before the Tears (2:47)
  8. 8 Hold Me Like You Never Had Me (2:57)
  9. 9 Do You Right Tonight (2:18)
  10. 10 99 and Me (5:32)
  11. 11 Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk - John Wolters (3:57)
  12. 12 The Turn On - John Wolters (3:42)
  13. 13 Lady Sundown - John Wolters (3:45)
  14. 14 I Can't Say No to Her - John Wolters (2:31)
  15. 15 Loveline - John Wolters (3:23)
  16. 16 Pity the Fool - John Wolters (3:00)
  17. 17 Chained To Your Memory - John Wolters (3:11)
  18. 18 Devil's Daughter - John Wolters (3:41)
  19. 19 Hearts Like Yours and Mine - John Wolters (3:54)
  20. 20 Fire In the Night - John Wolters (2:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dr. Hook Primary Artist
Paul Overstreet Background Vocals
Ray Sawyer Percussion, Vocals
Mickey Buckins Musician
Larry Byrom Musician
Duncan Cameron Musician
Shane Keister Musician
Rik Elswit Guitar, Vocals
Billy Francis Keyboards, Vocals
Jance Garfat Bass
Ron Haffkine Musical Direction
Roger Hawkins Musician
David Hood Musician
David Hungate Musician
Clayton Ivey Musician
Jimmy Johnson Musician
Sheri Kramer Background Vocals
Mike Lewis Musician
Dennis Locorriere Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Mac McAnally Musician
Randy McCormick Musician
Nashville Horns Horn
Wayne Perkins Musician
Joe Scaife Background Vocals
Lisa Silver Background Vocals
Rod Smarr Guitar
James Stroud Musician
Diane Tidwell Background Vocals
John Wolters Drums, Vocals
Bob Wray Musician
Shelly Kurland Strings Strings
Farrel Morris Musician
The Cherry Sisters Background Vocals
Sherri Huffman Background Vocals
Kenneth Ball Musician
Technical Credits
Eddie Rabbitt Composer
David Cherry Engineer
Jim Cotton Engineer
Shane Keister Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Jance Garfat Composer
Ron Haffkine Composer, Producer, Music Direction
Mike Lewis Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Dennis Locorriere Composer, Liner Notes
Mary Beth McLemore Engineer
Steve Melton Engineer
Bud Reneau Composer
Joe Scaife Engineer
Chuck Ainlay Engineer
Hans Brethouwer Mastering
Jim Osborn Art Direction
Tom Brasfield Composer
John O'Regan Liner Notes
Andrew Thompson Remastering
Overstreet Composer
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