Hooker CD review by Lords of Metal zine

Hooker Rock and Roll CDHooker – Rock And Roll
Rockadrome

file under hardrock / aor

Holy crap! What an insane f*cking great song! Opening track ‘I’m Lookin’’ is simply the best hard rock song I’ve heard this year! It starts with an okay harmony chorus (the only time there are vocals on this song), but then the ear cracking riffs and mind splitting grooves gives me a knot in my red swollen neck. Damn. What a terrific piece of hard rock Valhalla! Then I realise the song is already recorded in 1978…

Yes, this band with simple souls are completely unknown, but have the right sense for awesome hard rock, but created this during the years 1972-1983. They never managed to release an album. Until now, almost thirty years after their split up. The recordings date from 1978 and 1979, including one song 1975. That latter one is by far the least interesting one with (despite the fitting album title) obligate rock & roll rhythms. The rest is classic seventies hard rock style, with a strong vocalist (even nice harmonies in the Beatles tribute ‘Beatle’) and a high octane energy drive…….

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Hooker – Rock And Roll CD (ROCK043-V-2)

Hooker Rock and Roll CDHooker Rock and Roll CDHooker – Rock And Roll CD. Compilation of recently unearthed recordings from this killer Houston, Texas area 70s hard rock band including tracks from their never released album. The music is loaded with heavy Texas-style guitar action and oozing with that unmistakable 70s Texas rock and roll party vibe. They’ve been described before as a western version of Aerosmith, or similar to Blackfoot. The guitar team of Hampton and Howland bust out all over this album with blazing over the top guitar battles that have a nearly metallic edge. While the early album cuts are full throttle Texas hard rock, the later 70s bonus cuts lean towards a combination of hard rock and early metal in the vein of  the rare Survivor “All Your Pretty Moves” album. Vintage/Rockadrome label fans of Ultra, Cain and Poobah and bands like Hunt, The Gods, Totty, Impecable and Magi will surely dig this one.  Includes 3 bonus tracks, including a cover of Tin House’s “I Want Your Body”, not found on the vinyl version (released by ShroomAngel Records).

Hooker:

Robert Hampton – Guitars
Robbie Hodge – Bass
David Howland – Guitars, Vocals
Randy Meers – Drums

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