DR HOOK – A Little Bit More – (Capitol) – 1976

Dr Hook - A Little Bit More

Can you ever have enough Dr Hook?

Don't answer that.

Check my other comments for bio and detail. I have commented on earlier albums than this and later ones but this album is pivotal in some ways as it really broke them in the UK. They had some single chart success earlier but this album went Top 10 and also placed two singles in the Top 10.

And, it was not surprising. Since signing with Capitol on the 1975s "Bankrupt" album Dr Hook had lost their full name "Doctor Hook and the Medicine Show" and had moved further into ballads and soft rock. Any traces of country humour, beer and pot party songs or quirky observations were subdued to make Dr Hook as sweet as possible despite all the hair, moustaches and beards.

Apparently this album was originally intended to be a solo album by co-singer Dennis Loccoriere, but ended up being a Dr Hook album. Loccoriere sang lead on most tracks, but Ray Sawyer (the eye patched one) didn't miss out either. Most of the tracks were written by their regular writer Shel Silverstein also. So, apart from the gloss Dr Hook fans may not have noticed a big difference in the band's sound even though founding guitarist George Cummins had left in 1975.

I lean to the earlier Dr Hook but  for fans of soft rock or softer country rock this album is perfect.

Produced and directed by Ron Haffkine apart from "What About You" which was produced by Ron Haffkine & Waylon Jennings.

Tracks (best in italics)

      Side One

  • More Like The Movies – (S. Silverstein) – as sickly sweet as a bloke can get which is a result of the production as the lyrics and melody are pure country lament. Having said that, when ithits it's emotional high it is quite catchy.
  • A Little Bit More – (B. Gosh) –  It was written and originally performed by Bobby Gosh and released on his 1973 album "Sitting in the Quiet". This, again, is sickly sweet but you can see why it was a hit. A couple of wines and you will be singing along. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Little_Bit_More
  • The Radio – (D. Locorriere, S. Silverstein) –  hmmm
  • Up On The Mountain – (J. Comanor, S. Silverstein) –  old school Dr Hook doing their country funk
  • If Not You – (D. Locorriere) –  whoa, very, very sticky

      Side Two

  • Jungle To The Zoo – (S. Silverstein) –  okay. A statement the music industry? Marriage? Life? Or, all of the preceding? Dr Hooks country funk at work again..
  • Bad Eye Bill – (H. Smith) –  this seems to have been written for Dr Hook.
  • What About You – (J. Anglin, J. Wright) –  Johnnie Wright (1914–2011) and Jack Anglin (1916–1963) were American country duo Johnnie & Jack. They released this track as a single in 1949 but it was compiled into the album "Hits By Johnnie & Jack" in 1959. Mushy here but a traditional country lament.
  • I Need The High – (D. Locorriere, R. Sawyer) –  a love song – the double meaning would, no doubt, have amused Dr Hook.
  • A Couple More Years – (D. Locorriere, S. Silverstein) –  whoa, very sweet

And …

Too sweet … tape a few and sell.

Chart Action

US

Singles

1976 A Little Bit More #11

1976 A Little Bit More #15 US Adult Contemporary

1976 A Couple More Years #51 Country

1976 If Not You #55

1976 If Not You #26 Country

1976 If Not You #21 US Adult Contemporary

Album

US

1976 A Little Bit More #62

1976 A Little Bit More #18 US Country

England

Singles

1976 A Little Bit More #2

1976 If Not You #5

Album

1976 A Little Bit More #5

Others

Singles

1976 A Little Bit More #10 Australia

1976 A Little Bit More #4 Canada

1976 If Not You #69 Australia

1976 If Not You #56 Canada

Album

Canada 1976 A Little Bit More #69

Denmark 1976 A Little Bit More #1

Sounds

More Like The Movies

Live

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7yHEGXe78I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2Fzojx-N-w

A Little Bit More

Clip

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGGW046f4RE

live

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF0_947VPNA

The Radio

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VawhN720d98

Up On The Mountain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALlXh-CM5hE

If Not You

Live

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnIeUgWoo1c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGNkVnEhwZc

Jungle To The Zoo

mp3 attached

Bad Eye Bill

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bEi5iadlcU

What About You

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTRzGtQGNAM

I Need The High

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6LhLJQo_CY

A Couple More Years

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WifTLVwQPyY

Others

Early

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HBnmysdbqE

Later

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frLA5FJfPY0

Review

http://www.allmusic.com/album/a-little-bit-more-mw0000467372

Bio

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/dr-hook-mn0000806645

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/dr-hook-the-medicine-show-mn0000205575

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr_Hook

http://www.robertchristgau.com/xg/music/drhook-78.php

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shel_Silverstein

Website

https://myspace.com/drhooksmedicineshow/music/songs

https://www.facebook.com/Dr-Hook-and-the-Medicine-Show-55588104361/timeline?ref=page_internal

http://www.raysawyer.com/

http://www.dennislocorriere.com/

http://www.sylviasmother.com/

Trivia

 

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