Hound Dog Taylor And The HouseRockers Natural Boogie


Hound Dog Taylor And The HouseRockers Natural Boogie


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Hound Dog was one of the most under-rated guitarists ever. Once the listener understands that distortion is utilized as a defining feature of the music, one can appreciate the feel. One wag once said that Hound Dog makes more music sitting down then a whole band does standing up.

Of the eleven cuts, I rate eight as first-rate and the rest worthy. Remember, Hound Dog's band was essentially a "bar band", and the aim was fun, pure and simple. The boys used second-rate instruments on stage and in the studio, and incorporated them into the sound, unique and not strictly blues-based.

Listen up, and pass the word along. This is a unique Hound Dog Taylor album. The band tuned to C and they just went to town with what they felt worked, which was even more stripped down than usual. If you are learning electric slide, this album will give you an alphabet from which to work.

Rock on Hound Dog! If you dont get up and boogie when you here this then your soul is dead and the music is not in you. I have been a fan of Houndog Taylor for years. This collection presents him at his best. Great rockin' Blues. This collection of songs by Hound Dog Taylor is full of enjoyable, expressive enthusiasm.

This is an exciting collection of electric blues songs from a talented artist who inspired more recent guitarists such as George Thorogood. Thank you!

See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. From a mastering perspective this is a great sounding CD. I'd guess it was transferred directly from the mastertapes because listening through headphones there are times when the band sound like they're playing in the same room as you. The clarity and seperation of the instruments is that good. To the best of my knowledge this title has never yet been remastered so all the later editions should sound the same - barring the unlikely event of a clandestine adjustment made somewhere along the years at a pressing plant to tweak the volume prior to pressing, which has been known to happen on occasion.

The artwork for this UK issue mirrors that of the original vinyl pressing, except for the tracklist on the rear being incorrect.

The 11 songs are listed in the order of the two vinyl sides reversed. So the first 5 tracks in the list are what used to be side two and the next 6 are what used to be side one. The track order on the disc itself is correct.

It's worth taking note of that little glitch if you're specifically after one of these early pressings. Rock on Hound Dog! If you dont get up and boogie when you here this then your soul is dead and the music is not in you.

I have been a fan of Houndog Taylor for years. This collection presents him at his best. Great rockin' Blues. This collection of songs by Hound Dog Taylor is full of enjoyable, expressive enthusiasm. This is an exciting collection of electric blues songs from a talented artist who inspired more recent guitarists such as George Thorogood.

Thank you! See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. From a mastering perspective this is a great sounding CD. I'd guess it was transferred directly from the mastertapes because listening through headphones there are times when the band sound like they're playing in the same room as you.

The clarity and seperation of the instruments is that good. To the best of my knowledge this title has never yet been remastered so all the later editions should sound the same - barring the unlikely event of a clandestine adjustment made somewhere along the years at a pressing plant to tweak the volume prior to pressing, which has been known to happen on occasion.

The artwork for this UK issue mirrors that of the original vinyl pressing, except for the tracklist on the rear being incorrect. The 11 songs are listed in the order of the two vinyl sides reversed. So the first 5 tracks in the list are what used to be side two and the next 6 are what used to be side one. The track order on the disc itself is correct. It's worth taking note of that little glitch if you're specifically after one of these early pressings. I've seen a couple of retail sites using the incorrect order for this release, giving the impression at first glance the CD may be a different title.

I don't know if the artwork for the first US pressing suffers the same glitch. So, with that out of the way, what about the music? Well, largely because of the uniquely truncated band line-up this album has a rawness and immediacy like no other Blues I've heard. The drummer was Ted Harvey. That said, despite no mention of bass on the sleevenotes and only the three band members being named and pictured on the cover, there are a couple of tracks here which do have a proper bass.

Who's playing it, I have no idea. The one thing you really get from this album is an impression of the band just turning up at the studio and blasting through the whole thing in one go, like playing a live set.

Listen very carefully and you'll be able to hear shouts and whoops of joy in the background at times - a bit like picking up on those almost buried Keith Moon screams on early Who tracks.

It gives a real sense of the band going for it at full throttle, and loving every minute. No pretensions, just three guys having a blast to the very best of their not quite virtuoso abilities. Also worthy of mention is Taylor's ragged guitar tone, which combined with his devil-may-care playing technique had more in common with the scuzzier elements of Hard Rock from the era than the Blues.

For me there's only one flaw, albeit slight, with this album. Despite their infectious enthusiasm the rhythm section are sometimes a bit too derivative of the genre. This is most noticeable on the album's few short and fast instrumentals, which as a consequence have a tendency to lock into cliched early Rock and Roll territory, almost sub-Chuck Berry, edged away from mediocrity although that is probably too strong a term by virtue only of the searing slide guitar work.

Where Natural Boogie really shines is with the slower Blues-tinged tracks, which are also the longest tracks on the album. With a propulsive grind of a groove, peppered with growling and squealing explosions and expulsions from Taylor's fiery slide playing, they burn slowly and strongly.

I read somewhere recently Hound Dog Taylor referred to as "Hooker-lite". That's a completely unrealistic comparison. There's only one track on this album reminscent of John Lee Hooker, and that's Sadie. It's similar in style to the material found on Hooker's That's Where It's at , but a lot grittier. Just under a decade after Natural Boogie was released a compilation appeared on the market which included out-takes from this session, Genuine Houserocking Music. These were largely cover versions, but I can't help think that had a couple of those appeared here in place of the instrumentals the end result would have been notably stronger.

This is the more frantic, ramshackle and slightly sleazy urbanised take on electric slide playing. The sound of the back-street bar in the wrong corner of town. It's all Rock and Roll from the same family tree, the difference is in how they branched off. I'll give Natural Boogie a 4 star rating, held back from the big 5 simply by the filler-like nature of the instrumentals. Images in this review.

I, unlike most people who will have bought this, am not really a blues aficionado, but I'm slowly getting into and this guy is definetley helping that process! I first heard Hound Dog Taylor on the Driver 2 videogame around 10 years ago, and it took me until now to find out who sang the song 'Sitting At Home Alone' and I decided to take a chance. A great collection of some truly briliant examples of blues slide guitar.

Report abuse. This CD renewed my interest in Old Bluesmen. Definitely worth a listen. Has all the essentials even a little humour mixed in with some fine sounds. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Pages with related products. Articles Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. My Profile. Advanced Search.

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9 thoughts on “ Hound Dog Taylor And The HouseRockers Natural Boogie ”

  1. Mak says:Natural Boogie is the second studio album released by Hound Dog Taylor and his band The HouseRockers. Released on Alligator Records (AL ) in ,​. Natural Boogie is the second studio album released by Hound Dog Taylor and his band The HouseRockers. Released on Alligator Records in , it was the follow up to their debut album Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers.
  2. Shakasa says:View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of "Natural Boogie" on Discogs. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Natural Boogie - Hound Dog Taylor & the Houserockers on AllMusic - - Hound Dog​.
  3. Toran says:Natural Boogie was the second album by Hound Dog Taylor & The Houserockers​, originally released in This review is for the UK CD issue, ALCD. Consumer Guide Album. Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers: Natural Boogie [Alligator, ] Taylor is a spiritual and cultural miracle. Only John Lee.
  4. Keshakar says:HOUND DOG TAYLOR AND THE HOUSEROCKERS - Natural Boogie - Chicago Blues Vinyl LP. $ $ shipping. Natural Boogie - Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers. Hound Dog Taylor was a totally original blues rocker from the southside of Chicago. He played in.

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