Hound Dog Taylor - Sitting Here Alone

Oh the memories this one brings. I remember it clearly, the flickering sign of the Red River Bar, that amazing guitar entrance, the tubby guy, Pink Lenny, trying to act all cool. Gunfire, an escape suitable only to Hollywood, and the game commences. If that rings a bell, you might wanna check this video out.

Nostalgia is beautiful.

Years later, listening to that intro play again as memories shower over me, I also realize that this song is amazing as a whole. This guy shows his emotion so well right through each pluck of his guitar string.

Maybe I'm biased. Give it a listen, find out.


There's a bit of confusion with this song. The date of release, the version released, what album it appears on, even its name. I've decided to clear some things up.

The "original" track is called Sitting at Home Alone, that version can be found on Driver San Francisco, and is found on his debut album Natural Boogie. It's a sweet track, but I prefer how today's opens.

After his death, a live version of the track was released, also as Sitting at Home Alone, for a live compilation album called Release the Hound. Again, decent set of tracks, but this time it's all live. It doesn't matter how well you can digitally enhance it, it's gonna sound a little grainy.

Today's version, the version from Driver 2, was released in 1993 as Sitting Here Alone. It can be found near the end of the fourth disc of the four disc box set Chess Blues.

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As in Chess Records. If that doesn't ring a bell it's fine, it's not like they've been doing anything recently, but the names you'll find on this set are impressive.

I mean, Hound Dog Taylor for one, an exclusive track right there which is just amazing. But we're talking Sunny Boy Williamson, Otis Rush, Muddy Waters, even Etta James.

The list can go on and on (read it!), there's only 101 tracks on this set, 4 delicious CD's and a vintage sound native to the 60's that just screams emotion. There's some classic songs in there, a dedicated Blues fan should find quite a few of these tracks in their music library, but it's the borderline exclusive tracks like today's that make this set a gem.

Maybe not essential for everybody, maybe not everyone can take so many hours of this ear candy straight. But the quality is top notch and if you're looking to start building on the Blues in your library, or if you like the rarer sounds of the genre, it's worth checking out.
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19 comments:

  1. I love this kind of slow, staggering blues. Nice little history lesson, as well.

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  2. You're not being biased. That man has more emotion in one set of lyrics and plucking than most do in a lifetime. Thanks for the rundown.

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  3. You know exactly what I'm going to say don't you D4? Thank you!!!!! I didn't know about this box set and the price is amazing for something this valuable. The tax man he owes me some money and I'm going shopping for this set. Sweet!

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  4. I love the guitar in this.
    All the music you've been posting lately has made me want to crack a beer.

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    1. They should endorse me shouldn't they? Some fancy brewery, yep.

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  5. This is the kind of stuff my old man listened to 247... great old blues...

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  6. I'm digging this! nice and mellow!

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  7. How he picks away is grand. Not many do it like this anyway.

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  8. I wish I knew how to play the guitar like that.

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  9. You had read that article before. But in the musical tradition I prefer to call them re-mixes.

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    1. Well, it was worth remixing, so I get it.

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  10. Cooooooooooolllllll! A great track, love the twangy guitar solo.

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  11. Went and watched/listened to it on YouTube, I bloody liked it....

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  12. I dont know why but I love that kind of ranky guitar playing. :D

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  13. D'oh! an error ruined my listening pleasure to be had.

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  14. This doesn't ring any nostalgia bells for me, but I love what the harmonica and keys add to it.

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