D.R. Hooker

The Truth AlbumPurchased

Connecticut hippie philosopher concocts homemade lounge-psych masterpiece. In the late 60s and early 70s, long before ‘lo-fi’ became a hip credential, many frustrated musicians funded and produced their own records, despairing of ever being offered a deal. These private pressings tended to appear in issues of 99 or 999 copies, the cheapest runs possible. As today’s collectors forage ever more desperately for lost classics, these often excruciatingly bad albums are frequently pounced upon and pronounced lost masterpieces. Occasionally the hype is justified. A handful are now firmly established classics, the few known copies selling for well into four figures. Foremost among these is Connecticut’s mighty D. R. Hooker, who made a magnificently strange and tuneful album in 1972 before seeming to vanish forever. Tempting as it is to exaggerate the worth of such obscurities, The Truth deserves every plaudit that comes its way, making it astonishing that there was no real band to speak of. Instead ten musicians are credited alongside the mysterious Donald Hooker, who wrote, sang and played lead on the album. Culled from the local music scene, they rehearsed only briefly before entering the studio. Tom Kobela, who plays dobro on The Truth, remembers that Hooker ‘was a very likable, long-haired fellow’ with a most unusual appearance. Heavily bearded and very thin, he looks nothing short of messianic on the front cover. Kobela recalls that ‘D.R. wore robes, which was pushing the dress code conventions even then.’ Despite his wasted appearance, though, he knew exactly what he wanted in the studio. ‘He had a real sense of mission’, says Kobela. ‘He was way ahead of me there!’
1. The Sea 00:04:26 1.00 USD
Main artist D.R. Hooker
Composer Donald R Hooker
Author Donald R Hooker
Publishers Psychedelic Sorcery Music
2. Fall in Love 00:02:35 1.00 USD
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Composer Donald R Hooker
Author Donald R Hooker
Publishers Psychedelic Sorcery Music
3. A Stranger´s Smile 00:02:21 1.00 USD
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Composer Donald R Hooker
Author Donald R Hooker
Publishers Psychedelic Sorcery Music
4. Weather Girl 00:04:11 1.00 USD
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Composer Donald R Hooker
Author Donald R Hooker
Publishers Psychedelic Sorcery Music
5. This Thing 00:05:18 1.00 USD
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Composer Donald R Hooker
Author Donald R Hooker
Publishers Psychedelic Sorcery Music
6. Forge Your Own Chains 00:04:42 1.00 USD
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Composer Donald R Hooker
Author Donald R Hooker
Publishers Psychedelic Sorcery Music
7. I´m Leaving You 00:04:03 1.00 USD
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Composer Donald R Hooker
Author Donald R Hooker
Publishers Psychedelic Sorcery Music
8. The Truth 00:03:39 1.00 USD
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Composer Donald R Hooker
Author Donald R Hooker
Publishers Psychedelic Sorcery Music
9. The Bible 00:04:46 1.00 USD
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Composer Donald R Hooker
Author Donald R Hooker
Publishers Psychedelic Sorcery Music
10. Falling Asleep 00:05:01 1.00 USD
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Composer Donald R Hooker
Author Donald R Hooker
Publishers Psychedelic Sorcery Music
11. Hello 00:02:41 1.00 USD
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Composer Donald R Hooker
Author Donald R Hooker
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12. This Moment 00:05:26 1.00 USD
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Composer Donald R Hooker
Author Donald R Hooker
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13. Free 00:03:17 1.00 USD
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Composer Donald R Hooker
Author Donald R Hooker
Publishers Psychedelic Sorcery Music
14. Winter 00:04:29 1.00 USD
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Composer Donald R Hooker
Author Donald R Hooker
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15. A Tormented Heart 00:06:01 1.00 USD
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Author Donald R Hooker
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16. Kamala 00:05:54 1.00 USD
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Composer Donald R Hooker
Author Donald R Hooker
Publishers Psychedelic Sorcery Music