Dr Hooker - The Truth

The Sea

Fall In Love

A Stranger's Smile

Format LP
Label On Records
Catalogue Number XPL-1029
Year 2018
Genre Rock, Classic Rock, Psychedelic Rock

Dr Hooker

The Truth (LP / 2018)

On Records (XPL-1029)

A holy grail of vinyl rarities, Donald "D.R." Hooker's 1972 album The Truth is handily one of the most famed and sought after privately pressed records of all time. A former hippy with a history of substance abuse, Hooker had just recently turned to evangelical Christianity when he assembled a collection of local Connecticut musicians to commit 10 tracks of psychedelic folk to wax. The Truth features cuts that are far too expansive and groovy to have come from someone so deeply religious, and yet the album oozes psychedelic wonder and ambience. Hooker himself poured his own tumultous life experiences and tribulations into the songs as well, from the anti-addiction anthem "Forge Your Own Chains" to the pained longing and lonesomeness of "Weather Girl", to devout head-trips like "The Sea." Hooker's The Truth may not have initially expanded beyond the original 99 vinyl pressing copies, but the earliest glimpses of the exploratory and eccentric folk of artists like Sufjan Stevens and Iron & Wine can be heard throughout, and is filled with equal parts pious purity, and raw psychedelic power.

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Tracks

A1 The Sea
A2 Fall In Love
A3 A Stranger's Smile
A4 Weather Girl
A5 This Thing
B1 Forge Your Own Chains
B2 I'm Leaving You
B3 The Truth
B4 The Bible
B5 Falling Asleep