Earl Hooker - Two Bugs and a Roach

Earl Hooker - Two Bugs and a Roach
Artist: Earl Hooker
Duration: 01:01:52
Album: Two Bugs and a Roach
Recording Date: 1968 - 1969
Genre: Blues
Styles: Chicago Blues, Electric Chicago Blues, Regional Blues, Slide Guitar Blues, Adult Contemporary
Release Date: 1969

Earl Hooker's Two Bugs and a Roach is a varied lot, with vocals from Hooker, Andrew Odom, and Carey Bell in between the instrumentals, all cut in 1968. All in all, it's one of the must-haves in this artist's very small discography -- a nice representative sample from Chicago's unsung master of the electric guitar, including the title track, "Anna Lee," and the atmospheric instrumental, "Off the Hook." [For a compact disc reissue, Arhoolie added some tracks to the original lineup, including two tracks from stray sessions in late 1968 and July, 1969, along with four very early sides probably recorded in Memphis in the company of Pinetop Perkins, Willie Nix, and an unknown bass player. Of these, "Guitar Rag" is the least together, hampered by a bass player who can't find the changes, but "I'm Going Down the Line" and "Earl's Boogie Woogie" are both top-notch uptempo boogies full of fleet fingered soloing. "Sweet Black Angel" was the A-side of a stray single from the early '50s and appears to be from another session, although it's an excellent example of Hooker playing in the Robert Night Hawk style.]

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Two Bugs and a Roach / Earl HookerEarl Hooker4:19
Wah Wah Blues / Earl HookerEarl Hooker4:36
You Don't Love MeEarl Hooker5:37
Earl Hooker Blues / Earl HookerEarl Hooker5:14
Anna Lee / Earl HookerEarl Hooker6:30
Off the Hook / Earl HookerEarl Hooker3:54
Love Ain't a PlaythingEarl Hooker4:58
You Don't Want MeEarl Hooker5:16
The HookEarl Hooker5:00
New Sweet Black AngelEarl Hooker5:16
I'm Going Down the LineEarl Hooker2:21
Sweet Black Angel / Robert McCullumEarl Hooker3:12
Guitar Rag / Earl HookerEarl Hooker2:59
Earl's Boogie Woogie / Earl HookerEarl Hooker2:36

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