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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Earl Hooker - The Genius Of...

Yes, I know it's been re-released on Sundazed but this is the original stereo version on Cuca in excellent condition.
This rare circa-1967 album has what you'd expect from a vintage Earl Hooker LP: blues instrumentals with unfailingly stinging guitar, a relaxed groove, and soul-tinged arrangements bolstered by solid organ. If it's mighty reliable in what it delivers, it also has to be said that there aren't many surprises, the tracks coming close to very high-class blues background music in some senses. As that limited genre goes, however, this is at the top of that class, Hooker throwing in enough energetic flourishes, swoops, and musical equivalents of exclamation points to not just keep things interesting, but also keep a smile on your face. A few familiar blues and soul tunes are covered here, including "Dust My Broom," "Hold On, I'm Coming," and "Something You Got," the last of these unappetizingly retitled "Something You Ate." But for the most part the program is original, including one number, "Bertha," that seems to look toward Santo & Johnny's sleepy slide guitar workouts for inspiration.
Also the same as the Red Lightnin lp "There's A Fungus Amung Us".

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5 comments:

Hectorvadair said...

Yep !
Very cool lp. "Hot & heavy" is also an amazing "mod" track with its driving hammond organ sound.
I listen to it again til last year when you shared it, and it's always good. Many thanks.

Anonymous said...

many thanks for all your lps
but this one is yet unavailable
the download link leads to another lp

john said...

Everyone should listen to Earl Hooker at least once in their life.

Xyros said...

The link has been corrected and now leads to the correct LP.

apollojams said...

All the Earl Hooker linx are kaput. But i'm posting a thank you ANYway, so that i'm subscribed in case of any EH re-ups. Thanx again. :)