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jueves, 12 de julio de 2018

Earl Hooker • Two Bugs And A Roach



Artist Biography by Bill Dahl
If there was a more immaculate slide guitarist residing in Chicago during the 1950s and '60s than Earl Hooker, his name has yet to surface. Boasting a fretboard touch so smooth and clean that every note rang as clear and precise as a bell, Hooker was an endlessly inventive axeman who would likely have been a star had his modest vocal abilities matched his instrumental prowess and had he not been dogged by tuberculosis (it killed him at age 41).
Born in the Mississippi Delta, Hooker arrived in Chicago as a child. There he was influenced by another slide wizard, veteran Robert Nighthawk. But Hooker never remained still for long. He ran away from home at age 13, journeying to Mississippi. After another stint in Chicago, he rambled back to the Delta again, playing with Ike Turner and Sonny Boy Williamson. Hooker made his first recordings in 1952 and 1953 for Rockin', King, and Sun. At the latter, he recorded some terrific sides with pianist Pinetop Perkins (Sam Phillips inexplicably sat on Hooker's blazing rendition of "The Hucklebuck").
Back in Chicago again, Hooker's dazzling dexterity was intermittently showcased on singles for Argo, C.J., and Bea & Baby during the mid- to late '50s before he joined forces with producer Mel London (owner of the Chief and Age logos) in 1959. For the next four years, he recorded both as sideman and leader for the producer, backing Junior Wells, Lillian Offitt, Ricky Allen, and A.C. Reed and cutting his own sizzling instrumentals ("Blue Guitar," "Blues in D-Natural"). He also contributed pungent slide work to Muddy Waters' Chess waxing "You Shook Me." Opportunities to record grew sparse after Age folded; Hooker made some tantalizing sides for Sauk City, WI's Cuca Records from 1964 to 1968 (several featuring steel guitar virtuoso Freddie Roulette).
Hooker's amazing prowess (he even managed to make the dreaded wah-wah pedal a viable blues tool) finally drew increased attention during the late '60s. He cut LPs for Arhoolie, ABC-BluesWay, and Blue Thumb that didn't equal what he'd done at Age, but they did serve to introduce Hooker to an audience outside Chicago and wherever his frequent travels deposited him. But tuberculosis halted his wandering ways permanently in 1970.
https://www.allmusic.com/artist/earl-hooker-mn0000150062/biography

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Biografía del artista por Bill DahlSi hubo un guitarrista de diapositivas más inmaculado que residía en Chicago durante los años 1950 y 1960 que Earl Hooker, su nombre aún no ha aparecido. Con un toque de diapasón tan suave y limpio que cada nota sonó tan clara y precisa como una campana, Hooker era un hacha sin fin inventiva que probablemente habría sido una estrella si sus moderadas habilidades vocales coincidieran con su destreza instrumental y si no hubiera sido perseguido por la tuberculosis. (lo mató a los 41 años).Nacido en el delta del Mississippi, Hooker llegó a Chicago cuando era niño. Allí fue influenciado por otro mago de diapositivas, el veterano Robert Nighthawk. Pero Hooker nunca se mantuvo quieto por mucho tiempo. Se escapó de su casa a los 13 años, viajando a Mississippi. Después de otra temporada en Chicago, regresó nuevamente al Delta, jugando con Ike Turner y Sonny Boy Williamson. Hooker hizo sus primeras grabaciones en 1952 y 1953 para Rockin ', King y Sun. En este último, grabó algunos lados fenomenales con el pianista Pinetop Perkins (Sam Phillips inexplicablemente se sentó en la interpretación ardiente de Hooker de "The Hucklebuck").Una vez más en Chicago, la deslumbrante destreza de Hooker se exhibió intermitentemente en individuales para Argo, CJ y Bea & Baby a mediados y finales de los 50 antes de unir sus fuerzas con el productor Mel London (propietario de los logos Chief y Age) en 1959. Durante los siguientes cuatro años, grabó como sideman y líder del productor, respaldando a Junior Wells, Lillian Offitt, Ricky Allen y AC Reed y cortando sus propios instrumentales ("Blue Guitar", "Blues in D-Natural") . También contribuyó con trabajos de diapositivas acríticos para el ajedrez de Muddy Waters con "You Shook Me". Las oportunidades para grabar crecieron escasas después de la edad plegada; Hooker hizo algunos lados tentadores para Cuca Records de Sauk City, WI de 1964 a 1968 (varios con el virtuoso de la guitarra de acero, Freddie Roulette).La asombrosa destreza de Hooker (incluso logró convertir el temido pedal wah-wah en una herramienta de blues viable) finalmente atrajo una mayor atención a fines de los '60. Cortó LPs para Arhoolie, ABC-BluesWay y Blue Thumb que no igualaron lo que había hecho en Age, pero sirvieron para presentar a Hooker a un público fuera de Chicago y en todos los lugares donde sus frecuentes viajes lo depositaron. Pero la tuberculosis detuvo sus caminos errantes de forma permanente en 1970.
https://www.allmusic.com/artist/earl-hooker-mn0000150062/biography 


Note: Each side of the LP is in a single track.
Nota: Cada lado del LP está en un solo track. 

 Tracklist:

A1     Anna Lee
    Bass Guitar – Geno Skaggs Drums – Williams Guitar, Lead Vocals – Earl Hooker Harmonica – Louis Myers Piano, Organ – Joe Willie Perkins* Steel Guitar – Fred Roulette
   
A2     Off The Hook
    Bass Guitar – Geno Skaggs Drums – Levi Warren Guitar – Earl Hooker Piano, Organ – Joe Willie Perkins Steel Guitar – Fred Roulette
   
A3     Love Ain't A Plaything
    Bass Guitar – Geno Skaggs Drums – Williams Guitar – Earl Hooker Lead Vocals, Harmonica – Carey Bell Piano, Organ – Joe Willie Perkins Steel Guitar – Fred Roulette
   
A4     You Don't Want Me
    Bass Guitar – Geno Skaggs Drums – Levi Warren Guitar, Lead Vocals – Earl Hooker Piano, Organ – Joe Willie Perkins Steel Guitar – Fred Roulette
  

B1     Two Bugs And A Roach
    Backing Vocals – Andrew "B.B. Jr." Odom* Bass Guitar – Geno Skaggs Drums – Williams Guitar, Lead Vocals – Earl Hooker Piano, Organ – Joe Willie Perkins Steel Guitar – Fred Roulette
   
B2     Wah Wah Blues
    Bass Guitar – Geno Skaggs Drums – Williams Guitar – Earl Hooker Piano, Organ – Joe Willie Perkins Steel Guitar – Fred Roulette

B3     You Don't Love Me
    Bass Guitar – Geno Skaggs Drums – Levi Warren Guitar – Earl Hooker Lead Vocals – Andrew "B.B. Jr." Odom Piano, Organ – Joe Willie Perkins Steel Guitar – Fred Roulette

B4     Earl Hooker Blues
    Bass Guitar – Geno Skaggs Drums – Levi Warren Guitar – Earl Hooker Piano, Organ – Joe Willie Perkins Steel Guitar – Fred Roulette


Notes: Recorded at Sound Studios in Chicago Ill. on November 12 (Session 1), 14 (Session 2), and 15 (Session 3), 1968.

Label: Arhoolie Records ‎– F 1044
Genre: Blues
Style: Chicago Blues













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