"Wiidely cited as one of the most important private press releases in all 1970s psychedelia, D.R. Hooker’s The Truth might actually be one of those obscure lost gems that’s worth the customarily inordinate amount of interest such period pieces are afforded.
D.R. Hooker was a man slightly askew with his time: from the robes he wears on the cover to the quasi mystical lyrics, he’s very much connected to the hippy era, and given that this album was recorded in 1972, in a time post-Charles Manson, he was brave to associate so strongly with all the imagery pertaining to cults. Musically, Hooker looks beyond the parameters of the hippy movement, dipping into a more ambitiously studio-oriented sound than Hooker’s half-troubadour, half-prophet image on the sleeve might suggest. The noisy, fuzzy elements are particularly effective, and surprisingly intricate in their arrangement and recording.
‘Forge Your Own Chains’ takes this to an extreme, expertly deploying advanced loungey jazz figures with an onslaught of brass. This all sounds far more ambitious and accomplished than the vast majority of private press releases that tend to emerge, and there’s certainly a strong case to be made for this record being one of those precious few curiosities from the private press movement to feel like more than a kitsch comic aside. Well worth your investigation."
Chris Goes Rock
released January 1, 2015
Recorded at Dynamic Recording Studios, New Haven, Conn.
Arranged By [Horns], Electric Piano – Art Ryerson
Backing Vocals – Art Ryerson, Buddy Santori, D. R. Hooker, Dave Masson
Bass – George Sheck
Drums – Haywood Sheck
Engineer – Paul Saffioti, Samot Arikos
Organ, Piano – Nick Olivia
Percussion, Vibraphone – Ken Lovelett
Photography By [Cover] – Jon Fischbach
Steel Guitar [Dobro] – Tom Kobela
Synthesizer, Other [Special Assistance] – Rick Sanders
Written-By, Vocals, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar – D. R. Hooker