Rising/Players in the Dark [Remastered]

Rising/Players in the Dark [Remastered]

by Dr. Hook Dr. Hook


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BGO's 2013 two-fer Rising/Players in the Dark pairs Dr. Hook's two albums for Columbia -- 1980's Rising and its 1982 sequel Players in the Dark -- which also happen to be their last two albums of original material. Rising picks up the satin thread from Sometimes You Win, finding this collection of former hippies essentially burying their ragged roots underneath layers of polyester gloss and disco beats. Their woolly former incarnation peeks into view at the closing "99 and Me," a lengthy pseudo-blues vamp that's lost amidst the rest of the record's sweetened urban cowboy balladeering and soft rock-disco seduction. Often, it seems that the band is intent on remaking Sometimes You Win -- the flow almost mirrors its predecessor -- and while they certainly get the form right, the substance is plainly lacking. The opener "Girls Can Get It" isn't bad -- it deservedly scraped the bottom of the Top 40 -- but apart from that opening cut, very few of the songs have hooks that stick, which means Rising is a pleasant enough listen but never lodges in the memory. Players in the Dark is a better affair, largely due to its riotously sleazy opener, "Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk," an ode to a swaying denim-clad lass that is in joyous bad taste. Dr. Hook swims to similar depths elsewhere here, most notably on the nonsensical "The Turn On" (where Dennis Locorriere is made to sing "tacos turn me on"), but for the most part this showcases Locorriere the seducer, singing ballads draped in satin. Some of these songs aren't so bad -- "Loveline" was a minor hit and should've been -- and the emphasis on slow ones gives Players in the Dark a consistency Rising didn't quite have, but it's also clear that Dr. Hook had reached the end of the road. They're just lucky that they concluded on a vague note of triumph thanks to "Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk."

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/12/2013
Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC: 5017261210845
catalogNumber: 6121084
Rank: 53552


  1. Girls Can Get It
  2. Body Talkin'
  3. That Didn't Hurt Too Bad
  4. Blown Away
  5. S.O.S. For Love
  6. Doin' It
  7. Before the Tears
  8. Hold Me Like You Never Had Me
  9. Do You Right Tonight
  10. 99 and Me
  11. Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk
  12. The Turn On
  13. Lady Sundown
  14. I Can't Say No to Her
  15. Loveline
  16. Pity the Fool
  17. Chained To Your Memory
  18. Devil's Daughter
  19. Hearts Like Yours and Mine
  20. Fire In the Night

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hook   Primary Artist
Paul Overstreet   Background Vocals
Ray Sawyer   Percussion,Vocals
Mickey Buckins   Musician
Larry Byrom   Musician
Duncan Cameron   Musician
Shane Keister   Musician
Rik Elswit   Guitar,Vocals
Billy Francis   Keyboards,Vocals
Jance Garfat   Bass
Ron Haffkine   Musical Direction
Roger Hawkins   Musician
David Hood   Musician
David Hungate   Musician
Clayton Ivey   Musician
Jimmy Johnson   Musician
Sheri Kramer   Background Vocals
Mike Lewis   Musician
Dennis Locorriere   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Mac McAnally   Musician
Randy McCormick   Musician
Nashville Horns   Horn
Wayne Perkins   Musician
Joe Scaife   Background Vocals
Lisa Silver   Background Vocals
Rod Smarr   Guitar
James Stroud   Musician
Diane Tidwell   Background Vocals
John Wolters   Drums,Vocals
Bob Wray   Musician
Shelly Kurland Strings   Strings
Farrel Morris   Musician
Cherry Sisters   Background Vocals
Sherri Huffman   Background Vocals
Kenneth Ball   Musician

Technical Credits

Eddie Rabbitt   Composer
David Cherry   Engineer
Jim Cotton   Engineer
Shane Keister   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Jance Garfat   Composer
Ron Haffkine   Composer,Producer,Music Direction
Mike Lewis   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Dennis Locorriere   Composer,Liner Notes
Mary Beth McLemore   Engineer
Steve Melton   Engineer
Bud Reneau   Composer
Joe Scaife   Engineer
Chuck Ainlay   Engineer
Jim Osborn   Art Direction
Tom Brasfield   Composer
John O'Regan   Liner Notes
Overstreet   Composer

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