March 17, 2012 – 4:40 am

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Fried Face [no label, 1CD]

Unreleased 1974 album; plus bonus tracks. Excellent soundboard.

After Davy Jones… here’s another unreleased record.

Casual radio listeners would remember Dr Hook for Sylvia’s Mother, The Cover Of The Rolling Stone, A Little Bit More and When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman. Some even consider Dr Hook a novelty act. However, fans who got deeply hooked by the group would no doubt be familiar with or at least heard of the unreleased 1974 album, Fried Face.

Here is a Q&A by Dr Hook vocalist Dennis Locorriere posted at denloco.websitetoolbox.com regarding Fried Face.

Can you give a definitive answer to the question, What tracks were scheduled for “Fried Face”?

Actually, no… and, despite what they say, neither can anybody that tells you they can.

‘Fried Face’ was supposedly going to be the title of a proposed 4th CBS Hook album that was never released. The ‘bootleg’ cassettes that have made the rounds for years are of songs that were recorded during the sessions for the first three CBS albums, or, in some cases, earlier, but never used.

Some examples: ‘Bullfrog’ was written before we’d ever professionally recorded anything. ‘Rain’ is a great early Shel [Shel Silverstein] song that was recorded for the first album. Same with ‘February Snow’. ‘Monkey Gruntin’ was made up in the studio during the Sloppy Seconds sessions. ‘I Won’t Be Following You’ is a song of mine that we demoed, along with a few others, in a studio in Chinatown, San Francisco, called Roy Chen’s. ‘Someone To Talk To’ (aka ‘Nobody Hear’) was Shel’s and maybe the first ecology song written in pop music. Also an early demo. A few of the songs I’ve seen mentioned as part of FF were recorded for Capitol Records and so could not have been on it.

The title was taken from the conversation [Ray] Sawyer and I had on the ‘Belly Up’ bonus disc that, in part, goes something like -
‘What do you like to eat?’
‘What’s your favorite part?’
‘The face… fried face!’

I know that a project titled ‘Fried Face’ was even given a CBS catalogue number, but I believe it was actually meant for the compilation that came out called ‘The Ballad of Lucy Jordan’. People have speculated about what was supposed to be on the album for so long now that it’s become fodder for debate, but the truth is there was never a FF album discussed, nor a definitive track listing or sequence planned or artwork done.

The ’versions’ that some folks have are simply different collections of various early unreleased tracks that, by the way, only a member of the band would have had and could have given to someone else and that someone passed them on and so on and so on. There are volume level differences and audio dropouts from track to track due to the old cassette tape copies that exist.

There were no acetates made because it was never really planned to be an album. It’s become the Holy Grail for some Hook fans, but I seriously doubt that FF will ever see the light of day.

I don’t know where the masters are or who owns them. They could be laying in the CBS vaults somewhere, but, somehow, I doubt it. I’d be happy if some or all of the tracks were finally released, but if they ever are, and it’s called ‘Fried Face’, it will be because someone has decided to cash in on what time, rumour and legend has turned into ‘the great lost Hook album’.

Thanks to Ernie Clark for sharing these tracks with us.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Dr Hook - Fried Face
Track 01. Three Little Fishes (4.0MB)
Track 02. Long Tall Texan (6.3MB)
Track 03. February Snow (4.0MB)
Track 04. The Loneliest People (6.3MB)
Track 05. Nobody Hears What I Say (5.0MB)
Track 06. Cops & Robbers (Original Version) (4.2MB)
Track 07. Rain (5.5MB)
Track 08. Long Hair (6.1MB)
Track 09. Hey Little Lady (3.0MB)
10. The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan - Omitted*

Bonus Tracks:
11. Let The Loose End Drag - Omitted*
12. The Captain - Omitted*
13. Hey Willie - Omitted*
Track 14. Monkey Gruntin’ (3.7MB)
Track 15. High Flying Eagle (7.9MB)
Track 16. The Millionaire (45 Version) (4.8MB)
17. The Ugliest Man In Town - Omitted*
18. Always Crying Over You - Omitted*
Track 19. Dr Hook Self Interview (1973) (9.8MB)
Track 20. A Free Stimu From Dr Hook (1975) (14.8MB)

* Track 10 was released as a single
Track 11 - Making Love & Music compilation (2001)
Tracks 12 and 13 - Ray Sawyer’s Captain album (2010)
Track 17 - Rest Of Dr Hook (1984)
Track 18 - A Little Bit More: Greatest & Latest (1995)

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  1. 18 Responses to “DR HOOK - UNRELEASED FRIED FACE”

  2. yeah im really thrilled with this item. however id love the 6 missing tracks if someone felt kind enough to send them to me. are there any other hook outtakes? i go thru periods where im more into outtakes and demos and such than live performances. especially when its a band that u dont normally see them from. we see them constantly from the beatles dylan stones etc etc. i recently found them from little feat and now this is wonderful. i love so called unreleased albums.

    im still missing a bonus track to claptons most recent cd. there were 4 of them. its going on 2 yrs i have been looking for that damned song. and its actually released officially. u know theres something wrong when unreleased music is easier to get your hands on than officially released material. i think the straight talking no bullshit contests where we have the opportunities to express our opinions etc. is the perfect forum for where i should be bitching about this huh? sorry.
    if anyone thinks they might be able to help me on that clapton bonus track please write to me.

    By darth on Mar 17, 2012

  3. darth- I can’t help with the missing songs but here is a short set by Dr. Hook that BigO posted in 2009 if you don’t have it. And look! It’s been re-upped. Might be good to tag on the end of this one. It’s from 1972.

    And thanks for this BigO.

    By sking on Mar 17, 2012

  4. I was just listening to the last two tracks. Track 19 was a free single that came inside the album Belly Up.Their last album at CBS. It was a one sided single that played at 33 1/3 rpm. I just found mine stashed with the 45’s.

    Track 20 was a free promo they would have given out at the record stores when they started at Capital. It sounded so familiar I musta had it at one time. May still be here somewhere.

    By sking on Mar 17, 2012

  5. i have everything bigo has posted i believe since april 04 or just shortly after that. thank u. however maybe im missing something here. i see u saying here is a short set.. but maybe what u linked or attempted to link didnt take? however if it was on this site its kewl i have it. i was kinda hoping for stuff that wasnt from this site already.

    hey btw.. did u check out 8th track above? long hair. i hear very obvious zappa influences there. anyone else?

    By darth on Mar 17, 2012

  6. sking - write to me privately please asap. i have something for u.
    [email protected]

    By darth on Mar 17, 2012

  7. The Dr Hook Self Interview one sided record was only included in initial pressings of the
    “Sloppy Seconds” album for a very short time,
    that’s why it’s scarce. Funny guys! I met them back in the 70’s and they were as crazy as they sound on the interview records! Glad everyone is enjoying the tracks.

    By Ernie Clark on Mar 17, 2012

  8. I’m sorry, I meant to say the “Belly Up” album not “Sloppy Seconds”!

    By Ernie Clark on Mar 17, 2012

  9. sorry- the link didn’t go through. I’ll try again.

    Dr. Hook 1972. Houseboat Jam

    By sking on Mar 18, 2012

  10. sking/ernie - i knew i had heard that self interview before while i was listening to it last nite. and your postings reminded me where. how can anyone not find themselves laughing while listening to that? if nothing in that entire interview had u giggling the part where he said there were 7 members and there were 3 of one and 4 of the other..omg i died. im still giggling here just thinking about it. lol. hysterical shit. it musta been a riot to spend time with them. pity i didnt start meeting bands and photographing them til 1980. i never met any members of hook and never knew who shel was til 88. altho i did love hooks songs thru the 70s. i was only 14 in 74. i didnt own any of their albums til i downloaded them.

    By darth on Mar 18, 2012

  11. For Dr. Hook fans, go to the website for Dennis Locorriere (lead singer/songwriter of Dr. Hook). He is still recording great music and has two new cds out. Highly recommended. Same great voice that we all have come to love as his moniker ‘Dr. Hook’.

    By Belmo on Mar 18, 2012

  12. Belmo is right,(hi Belmo!)the current cd’s by Dennis Locorriere are excellent and his voice has not changed one bit. They are also available on Amazon.com as downloads.

    By Ernie Clark on Mar 18, 2012

  13. sking - the houseboat session from 72 is great thanks. i noticed its also on sugarmegs.
    i attempted to post a message earlier to u on the allmans page and it was quite lengthy. i didnt copy and save it cuz i didnt expect it not to take and the page just reloaded and instantly threw me to the top of the page without my posting appearing. very odd and very upsetting. i put a ton of information in it too. im too angry about it to try again.

    btw..did u know that shel is actually performing on the songs on his houseboat. he didnt just happen to write them. there are so very few existing recordings of him personally. there is a neat clip of him on the johnny cash show from 70. one song of him alone and then one with johnny. its on youtube. i found it a few months back.
    back in 89/90 i had a 2 hour compilation video of live performances from the johnny cash show 1969-70. this item wasnt on there tho.

    By darth on Mar 18, 2012

  14. Thank you for the upload. I had been trying to track this recording down since I first heard of it thirty years ago. I always felt a little foolish asking any record dealer I ran across if they had ever heard of Dr. hook’s “Fried Face.” Anyway, I have managed to collect all of the bonus tunes except for “The Ugliest Man In Town.” FYI: “The Rest Of Dr. Hook” is an OOP 1984 vinyl release. This song is not currently available on any digital format on the planet. Could you add this to the download? Just asking.

    By John on Mar 21, 2012

  15. Hello John

    The Ugliest Man In Town track is available on this Dr Hook compilation: I Got Stoned And I Missed It: The Best From Shel Silverstein 1971-1979 CD (Raven). You can order the copy here or here.

    By bigozine2 on Mar 21, 2012

  16. Nice to see that there still are so many Dr.Hook fans around. You are all welcome to my Website of Dr.Hook there you will find history,videos,pictures and many more. There is a lot of lost songs that the band recorded thrue the years hope that one day we will be able to hear them too!! CHEERS PER

    By Per Gjøvåg on Apr 10, 2012

  17. i did an interesting thing a few weeks ago. i got tired of downloading one song at a time from youtube and found a way to dl 30 or 40 or more videos/songs at a time. i found one person who happened to have 195 dr hook and related items on his/her youtube page and with one click i was able to download them all. it took a while but it didnt affect my computer usage in the least. in the end i had tons of stuff that i normally wouldnt have had. when done i moved things around and organized things a little and had a nice little collection of stuff going. i found other users that also had smaller collections that i could do the same thing with. perhaps they had items that i could add to my main group of 195.

    i got this idea when a local friend of mine wanted me to put a few 100 songs on an mp3 for him of music i didnt care for and knew nothing about. i asked him for the names of the artists / bands and figured id find them on youtube and would try this out. within minutes i found 400 songs i could download for him from youtube to mp3 and then transfer to his mp3 in a few mins. luckily people who like the people he likes tend to make their collections easy to group together like that and easy to download as a group. u just have to look for them. takes only a minute. amazing site that youtube.

    By darth on Apr 11, 2012

  18. Thank you but missing tracks are an fucking bullshit!

    By bob on May 10, 2012

  19. Hello, is anybody able to repost this? I can’t find it anywhere

    By Thomas on Sep 9, 2018

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