D.R. Hooker

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In memory of Donald R. Hooker II (1949 – 2009)

Donald R. Hooker worked in the information technology industry for but  he was  best known as a singer and songwriter. He recorded three independently released albums, beginning with “The Truth” in 1972.  For the recording of the “The Truth”  he hired a gang of local scene musicians accompany him on his wonderful songs and after a few brief rehearsals the band began recording. Donald also told us that they also performed live at a local supermarket but unfortunately he never found the photos of the event . As soon as they were done with the album the constallation  split – and some of the hired musicians never even heard the finished album. His subsequent collections were “Armageddon” and “Rain on the Moon.” While never achieving widespread recognition for his artistic work in his lifetime, Mr. Hooker’s music to this day is regarded as very important.

Subliminal Sounds is proudly representing D.R’s music since 1997 and started with re-releasing “The Truth” album coupled with a selection from the demo album “Armageddon”. D.R. first gave the collection the amusing title “The Greatest Tits of D.R. Hooker” then changed to “Then Was Now” and finally opted for just “The Truth”.

“The Truth is one of the big private press classics, and most people people with an interest for psychedelic rock music should know it by now. The album covers all the vital bases in an impressive manner; the songwriting, his awesome voice, the elaborate psych-rock soundscape, even the lyrics are excellent. The thematic range is truly mind-boggling, going from ambivalent drug songs into pastoral hymns and ending up in full-blown Jesus praise”. Patrick Lundborg (The Acid Archives 2nd Edition)