Release the Hound

Release the Hound

by Hound Dog TaylorHound Dog Taylor


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As the debut act on the fledgling Alligator label, Hound Dog Taylor obviously holds a hallowed place in owner Bruce Iglauer's heart. That has resulted in more posthumous albums (three) from the raw boogie-blues man than "official" ones (two) released in his lifetime. And that's not including the Alligator tribute disc. Iglauer has returned to raid what must be some pretty threadbare vaults by now, to cobble together this 70-minute collection of live tracks, outtakes, and general leftovers. Fortunately, this barrel-scraping has turned up some real gems, although they are far rougher than what is already in Taylor's gritty, gutbucket rocking catalog. Certainly existing fans won't mind. The rawer than raw -- but still far better than bootleg -- quality tapes are only for those already in Hound Dog's house. Versions of "Sadie" and a wild, half-drunken ten-plus minute romp through a slow and bluesy "Things Don't Work Out Right," complete with a rambling soliloquy, guitar buzz, and feedback in all the right places, have to be heard to be appreciated. Experiencing Hound Dog at his loosest is a fly-on-the-wall proposition as he seems unaware tapes were rolling for many of these tracks. That makes for some wonderfully open and uninhibited music from the bassless Taylor trio, playing with the usual reckless abandon. The music teeters on the brink of unraveling, but never does, adding a tightrope-walking edge to this already precariously loose sound. In other words, this may not be the place to start for the uninitiated, but for existing fans this is nowhere close to a money-cashing ripoff. It is a justifiably crude closing to the catalog of one of Chicago's most enigmatic and legendary figures.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/27/2004
Label: Alligator Records
UPC: 0014551489627
catalogNumber: 4896
Rank: 40470

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hound Dog Taylor   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Ted Harvey   Drums
Brewer Phillips   Guitar
Levi Warren   Drums

Technical Credits

Freddie King   Composer
Hound Dog Taylor   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Sonny Thompson   Composer
Stu Black   Engineer
Bruce Iglauer   Producer,Liner Notes
Jon Langford   Cover Painting
Brewer Phillips   Composer
Wesley Race   Producer
Ken Rasek   Engineer
Hudson Whittaker   Composer
Bob DePugh   Producer
Kevin Niemiec   Packaging
Tim Kolleth   Producer

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