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Artist: Hound Dog Taylor
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Format: CD
Sku: 60001990
UPC: 014551560524
UPC 14: 00014551560524
Release Date: 2/23/1999
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Wild About You, Baby ~ Hound Dog Taylor
2. Sun Is Shining, The - (live) ~ Hound Dog Taylor
3. Roll Your Moneymaker ~ Hound Dog Taylor
4. Give Me Back My Wig - (live) ~ Hound Dog Taylor
5. Walkin' The Ceiling ~ Hound Dog Taylor
6. See Me In The Evening ~ Hound Dog Taylor
7. Phillips Goes Bananas ~ Hound Dog Taylor
8. It Hurts Me Too ~ Hound Dog Taylor
9. What'd I Say? ~ Hound Dog Taylor
10. Rock Me - (live) ~ Hound Dog Taylor
11. Phillips' Theme - (previously unreleased, live) ~ Hound Dog Taylor
12. Take Five ~ Hound Dog Taylor
13. She's Gone ~ Hound Dog Taylor
14. Ain't It Lonesome - (previously unreleased, live) ~ Hound Dog Taylor
15. Ain't Got Nobody ~ Hound Dog Taylor
16. (untitled hidden track) ~ Hound Dog Taylor

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Hound Dog Taylor And The Houserockers: Theodore Taylor (vocals, guitar); Brewer Phillips (guitar); Ted Harvey (drums).
Muze PNote Producers: Bruce Iglauer, Wesley Race, Hound Dog Taylor.
Muze PNote Compilation producers: Bob DePugh, Bruce Iglauer, David Forte.
Muze PNote Engineers: Stu Black, Richard Whittington, Ken Rasek.
Muze PNote Includes liner notes by Bruce Iglauer.
Muze PNote All tracks have been digitally remastered using 20-bit technology.
Muze PNote The music of Hound Dog Taylor & the HouseRockers remains the place where rock & roll and the blues meet at the end of a dark alley. A slide guitarist of the Elmore James school, Taylor played raw, nasty-sounding music long on energy and short on subtleties. Other blues guitarists used distortion before Taylor, but he explored it to depths only previously investigated by white rock guitarists playing instruments and amplifiers far superior in quality to the cheap Japanese guitars and Sears & Roebuck amplifiers through which he blasted his brand of tonal mayhem. But it simply wasn't the lack of a good guitar and amp rig that made Taylor's music stick out from the pack of leg-licking B.B. King imitators that still infest the music. Taylor's music flowed from the warmest of impulses, brimming with good feeling, raw energy, and more than a little Canadian club. A three-piece band with no bass player (second guitarist Brewer Phillips played basslines on a battered Telecaster when he wasn't squeezing out metallic leads on it), Taylor and the HouseRockers brought more raw energy to the blues than a herd of modern boogie bands could only attempt to produce. His ragged but right approach found him an enthusiastic audience with both grizzled blues veterans and wide-eyed college kids, and influenced a number of up-and-coming slide guitar practitioners. This entry in Alligator's Deluxe Edition series draws from Taylor's four albums for the label -- three studio and one live -- along with two previously unissued live tracks. The song selection is nigh to excellent, stressing the connection between Taylor and the band's approach to rock & roll ("What'd I Say," "Give Me Back My Wig," "Take Five," "Walking the Ceiling") and the blues ("Wild About You, Baby," "The Sun Is Shining," "It Hurts Me Too," "Rock Me"). The two bonus live tracks are a welcome addition to Taylor's small recorded legacy and show just how precarious and volatile the mixture of these three gentlemen could be. "Phillips' Theme" showcases Brewer Phillips playing some of his best lead guitar work with Taylor's heavily tremoloed bass rhythm finally overtaking the whole shebang by song's end, while "Ain't It Lonesome?" is a talking blues where Taylor constantly cuts time on the band during the monologue, Phillips and drummer Ted Harvey following his every quirky move the way only musicians who have been playing together for years can. The CD also includes a hidden bonus track at the end of Taylor on-stage telling one of his patented incomprehensible jokes, one minute and 47 seconds of lunacy that's as much fun as the music that preceded it. The bottom line is: This is way more than simply a cash-grabbing sign pointed toward the rest of his catalog. Quite simply, if someone wanted to know what Hound Dog Taylor & the HouseRockers' music was all about, you could give them this CD and consider your mission accomplished. ~ Cub Koda

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Alligator Records-20th Anniver
Muze Music Compilations Chess Blues
Muze Music Compilations Alligator Records 25th Anniver
Muze Music Compilations Crucial Chicago Blues
Muze Music Compilations Crucial Live Blues
Muze Music Compilations Release The Hound
Muze Music Compilations Alligator Records 40Th Anniversary Co

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/23/1999
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1999
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 5605
Music Label Name Label : Alligator Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00014551560524

Professional Reviews

Living Blues (5-6/99, p.92)
- "...Music fans who have never experienced [Hound Dog] have no idea just how joyous the blues can be. DELUXE EDITION is a great place to start."

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