Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers

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Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers
Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers cover.jpg
Studio album by
StudioSound Studios, Chicago, Illinois
ProducerBruce Iglauer
Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[1]

Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers is the 1971 (see 1971 in music) debut album of Theodore Roosevelt "Hound Dog" Taylor.

Cub Coda of Allmusic describes it as "wild, raucous, crazy music straight out of the South Side clubs", and calls it "one of the greatest slide guitar albums of all time".[2] The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings describes its sound as "loud, harsh, boxy and exciting".[3]

Originally issued on LP as the first release on the Alligator label, it has subsequently been reissued on CD.


As well as being Taylor's debut album, Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers was the first release on the Alligator label. The label was founded by Bruce Iglauer for the specific purpose of releasing an album of Taylor's music after he had been unable to persuade Bob Koester, then his boss at Delmark, to record Taylor.[4]

The album, recorded at Sound Studios, Chicago,[5] features only three musicians: Taylor himself on vocals and slide guitar, Brewer Phillips on guitar and Ted Harvey on drums. For solos, the two guitarists alternate between playing lead and accompanying the other guitarist.

The record sold 9,000 copies in its first year, a large number for a blues record on an independent label, and by 1998 had sold around 100,000 copies. At the time of the recording, Taylor was playing locally in taverns, but the higher profile the album's success gave him enabled him to obtain work further afield, eventually touring as far away as Australia.[6]

Further material from the same sessions was released on the posthumous album Genuine Houserocking Music.

Track listing[edit]

Except where otherwise noted, tracks composed by Hound Dog Taylor

  1. "She's Gone" - 3:46
  2. "Walking the Ceiling" - 3:12
  3. "Held My Baby Last Night" (Elmore James) - 4:14
  4. "Taylor's Rock" - 3:50
  5. "It's Alright" - 3:10
  6. "Phillips' Theme" - 4:27
  7. "Wild About You, Baby" (Elmore James) - 3:35
  8. "I Just Can't Make It" - 3:15
  9. "It Hurts Me Too" (Elmore James) - 3:47
  10. "44 Blues" - 2:52
  11. "Give Me Back My Wig" - 3:31
  12. "55th Street Boogie" - 2:59



  • Ted Harvey - drums
  • Brewer Phillips - Guitar
  • Theodore Roosevelt "Hound Dog" Taylor - Vocals, Guitar



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ All Music Guide: Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers
  3. ^ Russell, T. and Smith, C. (2006): The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings, London: Penguin Books, p. 631
  4. ^ All music Guide: Hound Dog Taylor Biography
  5. ^ "Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers". www.alligator.com. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  6. ^ Perfect Sound Forever: interview with Bruce Iglauer by Jason Gross, June 1998