söndag 4 december 2016

Dr. Hooker - The Truth (Eftertraktad Privatpressad Psykedelia US 1972)


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Widely cited as one of the most important private press releases in all 1970's psychedelia, D.R. Hooker's The Truth might actually be one of those obscure lost gems that's worth the customarily inordinate amount of interest such period pieces are afforded. 

Back Cover

D.R. Hooker was a man slightly askew with his time: from the robes he wears on the cover to the quasi mystical lyrics, he's very much connected to the hippy era, and given that this album was recorded in 1972, in a time post-Charles Manson, he was brave to associate so strongly with all the imagery pertaining to cults. 

Musically, Hooker looks beyond the parameters of the hippy movement, dipping into a more ambitiously studio-oriented sound than Hooker's half-troubadour, half-prophet image on the sleeve might suggest. The noisy, fuzzy elements are particularly effective, and surprisingly intricate in their arrangement and recording. 

'Forge Your Own Chains' takes this to an extreme, expertly deploying advanced loungey jazz figures with an onslaught of brass. This all sounds far more ambitious and accomplished than the vast majority of private press releases that tend to emerge, and there's certainly a strong case to be made for this record being one of those precious few curiosities from the private press movement to feel like more than a kitsch comic aside. Well worth your investigation.

The Truth is…. this album is awesome, its actually one of my favorite personal discoveries from the the last couple of years. Originally released as a private pressing in 1972, never picked up by a record company and quickly forgotten, until some record collectors got their hands on this psychedelic masterpiece. 

It got traded and the records underground fame started to grow. Later it was rereleased on cd and vinyl and its now fairly easy to get hold of, check ebay. 

The music is groovy psychedelic rock with some great melodies and the fantastic voice of D.R Hooker. 

The album ends with a message played backwards: “Life is a mystery, of course it’s true. Look for the answer, recorded clues”. 

It seems like this is a “solo record” with hired musicians, D.R. Hooker released a follow up album with a new lineup in 1974, called Armageddon. If you are not able to enjoy the song Forge Your Own Chains, call a doctor, its something wrong with you…

The Band:
♫♪ Arranged By, Composed By, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Vocals, Written-By, Producer – D.R. Hooker
♫♪ Backing Vocals [Backup] – Dave Mason
♫♪ Bass Guitar – Steve Malkan
♫♪ Drums – Bett McDevitt
♫♪ Engineer – Paul Saffioti, Samot Arikos
♫♪ Keyboards – Bob Reardon
♫♪ Lead Guitar – Carroll Yanni
♫♪  Vibraphone, Percussion – Ken Lovelett

♫♪  Remastered By – Kazuhiro Yamagata

01. The Sea  04:25
02. Fall In Love  02:33
03. A Stranger's Smile  02:19
04. Weather Girl  04:09
05. This Thing  05:16
06. Forge Your Own Chains  04:41
07. I'm Leaving You  04:02
08. The Truth  03:37
09. The Bible  04:45
10. Falling Asleep  05:00

Bonus Tracks (From Armageddon Album 1974)
11. Hello [Japanese Edition Bonus Track]  02:40
12. This Moment [Japanese Edition Bonus Track]  05:24
13. Free [Japanese Edition Bonus Track]  03:16
14. Winter [Japanese Edition Bonus Track]  04:27
15. A Tormented Heart [Japanese Edition Bonus Track]  05:59
16. Kamala [Japanese Edition Bonus Track]  05:55