DOWN THE HIGHWAY

May 28, 2012 – 4:29 am

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What a long, strange trip it’s been.

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ROBERT HUNTER
Roadhog [no label, 1CD]

Taperchuck’s copy from 1973-74. An unreleased album. Excellent soundboard stereo.

While the Grateful Dead spun psychedelic webs of anthems to the sun and dark stars, their lyricist Robert Hunter was interested in how to keep a barroom crowd content. His tools were his lyrics, melodies and a band that could play folk and country. So in 1974, when Hunter’s debut solo album arrived on the Grateful Dead’s Round Records label, many missed the opportunity to pick up on it. It had flown under the rader. Hunter only borrowed Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart and the Godchaux’s from the Dead. Tales Of The Great Rum Runners was an unassuming album bolstered by Hunter’s everyday vocals, filled with the Americana style first introduced by The Band’s brown album and songs that were down to earth.

Just recently, we learnt that there was an earlier attempt at an album by Hunter called Roadhogs. This was shared by Rob Berger at Losslesslegs. Six of the songs on Roadhog would later be recorded again for Tales of The Great Rum Runners. The rest were considered “lost”, till now. After trawling the net, we also found that in 1976 Hunter played gigs with a band he formed also called Roadhog. (Click here.)

The mixture of sweet ballads, mid-tempo tunes and rock ‘n’ roll howlers probably kept this one on the shelf. Two of the tunes had an unidentified female singer. According to Berger, Rodney Albin shared some of the vocals with Hunter. Otherwise not much else is known about the personnel of this recording or how it all came about.

One song stands head and shoulders above all else, Roadhog. A tough rocker with some sterling solos. According to the notes from deaddisc.com about Hunter’s book, A Box Of Rain: Lyrics 1965-1993, “There are no recordings of this song”. We can only guess it must be the after-effects of LSD.

I’m a prostrate batter
I’m a number-five hatter
I’m a smooth-line chatter
I’m a roadhog
I’m an up-and-comer
I’m a flat-out bummer
I’m a toll-gate jumper
I’m a roadhog
yeah…
I’m a roadhog

If any knowledgeable fan has more information, please share with the community. A big thanks to Rob Berger for bringing this recording to fans.
- Professor Red

Lineage:
SBD > ? > Rich Petlock’s cassette > cassette, no nr

Transferred, mastering & seeded by Rob Berger May 2012. You can download the flac version here.

Picture by dgans at flickr.com - Thanks!

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.

Please Do Not Hammer The Links. Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. The tracks should still be around. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Track 01. Boys In The Barroom # (1.8MB)
Track 02. Reelin’ And A-Pitchin’ * (5.8MB)
Track 03. Praise His Name (3.0MB)
Track 04. Elijah (3.2MB)
Track 05. Rum Runners # (4.9MB)
Track 06. It Must’ve Been The Roses # @ (5.6MB)
Track 07. Roadhog (4.4MB)
Track 08. On Our Way Back Home (4.7MB)
Track 09. Children’s Lament # (6.8MB)
Track 10. Lady Simplicity # (561k)
Track 11. Southern Fried Shuffle (3.8MB)
Track 12. Ballad Of Buddy Holly @ (3.9MB)
Track 13. Who’ll Be Left To Sing This Song (3.2MB)
Track 14. Wondering (3.7MB)
Track 15. Keys To The Rain # (6.7MB)
(39:04m)

* w/Commander Cody, Donna Jean Godchaux, Jerry Garcia
@ w/Buddy Cage other guest musicians
# These six songs were also recorded for Tales Of The Great Rum Runners.

In place of Roadhog, Robert Hunter released Tales Of The Great Rum Runners in June, 1974. This album is currently out-of-print. But collectors can still buy it Tales of the Great Rum Runners at scary prices.

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  1. 14 Responses to “DOWN THE HIGHWAY”

  2. Thanks BigO. What a surprise. I never knew of this album.

    By sking on May 28, 2012

  3. Thanks for this. Hunter’s albums are, alas, almost all out of print, and available only at scary prices, and not available digitally at all.

    By YogaforCynics on May 28, 2012

  4. Great Thanks Super!

    By Udo on May 28, 2012

  5. at a record convention which was essentially mostly just a dealers room on a pier on a pier on the river on the edge of manhattan in the early 80s prob 82 robert hunter did a set and this was the first time i had ever seen him perform live. willy deville also performed live a couple of hours later. they both performed free with admission to the convention. i had a stand there where we were selling records and such so i know we got in for nothing. but admission couldnt have been more than a couple of bucks to get in for the general public. i remember a couple of the songs from this collection being performed especially the first one.
    as for my opinion of the entire set here.. track 9 floored me so hard i dont know if i can comment on the other tracks. wow. very powerful stuff there. i had some of these as demos as filler on tapes since the mid 80s but i certainly did not have this entire set in one place.
    perhaps now that this collection has come to light and since hes still with us maybe someone can ask him a question or two about these recordings. he isnt that hard to get ahold of. is he? i know i wasnt very fortunate in the years 1980 to 95 in running into him. i think i only met him twice. normally the other members of the dead were a priority when they were in town tho.

    By darth on May 28, 2012

  6. I saw Robert Hunter and Barry Melton together at the Starwood,a small club in Hollywood, in 1976. They did the song Jesse James that they had written together that was on Barry’s ‘75 solo album,”The Fish”. Barry left the stage and walked through the crowd before the final songs, to round everyone up and bring them to stand in front of the stage. Afterward they both stayed to shake hands with everyone.

    Although I have most of Hunter’s stuff on lp and cd. Does anyone know where I can find Amagamalin Street? My cassette is wearing thin.
    Chip and Jorma play on that one. But it seems very hard to find.

    By sking on May 29, 2012

  7. http://www.lonestardeadradio.com/ploggerb2.1/images/lone_star_dead/memorabilia/mem1976deadauction.gif

    By Lone Star Dead on May 29, 2012

  8. sking - i sent u the home recordings / outtakes that became amagamalin street from hunters home (calif) tapes 1984. there are 15 tracks. probably a little harder to find than the actual album itself. enjoy it.

    another item that would be nice to see here would be alligator moon from 78. a recorded album but never released.
    i looked around and it does seem like his recordings do command a hefty price tag. i found one site asking over $100 for several of his cds. wow.

    ps–not sure why the words ‘on a pier’ appeared twice on the first line of my previous posting. i probably didnt see it typed and re-read it and attempted to fix it.

    By darth on May 29, 2012

  9. thanks, bigO - a great gem!!!

    I-)

    By I-) on May 29, 2012

  10. Awesome stuff here! Thank You for sharing!

    By Z-Man on Aug 12, 2012

  11. Thanks for this amazing show!

    By Rintesh Roy on Jan 10, 2014

  12. Darth, If you could send me a copy also, I will send my address.jimg

    By jimg on Nov 21, 2015

  13. Could you please re-up this Robert Hunter set in memory of his death? I missed it and would love to have it. Thank you!

    By Texas Tom on Sep 28, 2019

  14. Could you please send me the links that work for this release? They look blue and workable above, but they do not work at all. I would love to add it to my collection. Thank you!

    By Texas Tom on Oct 29, 2019

  15. Amusing to see my photo on this bootleg item.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/dgans/15553435942

    By David Gans on Dec 13, 2019

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