DAN HICKS AND HIS HOT LICKS Original Recordings (1969/1991)

Original Recordings (1969/1991)
Forgotten Pre-Rock Americana

After getting a number of comments about the
beloved Dan Hicks on our Blue Thumb Records post (and even a request for more), Coffee Messiah was kind enough to send along this long lost favorite for us all to enjoy. Original Recordings is the out-of-print, 1991 set of Hicks & Licks’ early recordings from 1969. The motley crew’s shufflin’, post-war, acoustic folk & jazz/blues stew was an anomaly in San Franpsychedelica, but somehow Hicks’ witty repartee and tongue-in-cheek sophistication easily won over the heads’ hearts and minds. That gypsy bluegrass violin work made it easy – used to amazing effect on one of Hicks’ high water marks, the slow burning, “I Scare Myself.” You can find it at Amazon (HERE) – at inflated collector’s prices – but the music itself is still a valued taste of forgotten, pre-rock Americana.

Canned Music (4:05)
How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away (2:39)

I Scare Myself (5:18)

Shorty Takes A Dive (3:12)

Evenin’ Breeze (3:56)

Waiting For The 103 (3:44)
Shorty Falls In Love (3:23)
Milk Shakin’ Mama (4:10)
Slow Movin’ (3:10)
It’s Bad Grammar, Baby (2:32)
Jukies’ Ball (5:12)


  • 1
    April 23, 2010 - 16:14 | Permalink

    Funny how this classic would be OOP, Dan is still touring with the latest incarnation of the band. A true classic from my youth…

  • 2
    Capt. Willard
    April 23, 2010 - 13:46 | Permalink

    Find it HERE

  • 3
    Art Ducko
    April 23, 2010 - 17:57 | Permalink

    Thanks, Cap, this made my day. Dan's the man.

  • 4
    April 23, 2010 - 19:19 | Permalink

    All that to say "thanks." Somehow I didn't get that far into the comment.

  • 5
    Capt. Willard
    April 23, 2010 - 19:28 | Permalink

    Don't forget to visit Coffee Messiah, he sent it out of the blue… just for you.

  • 6
    April 23, 2010 - 21:16 | Permalink

    Never mind. It's back online. And soon the good Mr. Hicks and his esteemed Licks will be in my ears!


  • 7
    April 24, 2010 - 13:50 | Permalink

    Thank you so much! One of my favorite artists on one of my favorite blogs. Great choice. I did not have this one & always wanted to check it out. I received Dan's latest from last year as a gift "Tangled Tales". Pick that one up as well as the extended version of "It Happened One Bite". Can't go wrong with Dan's lps though. Thanks again!

  • 8
    April 24, 2010 - 16:32 | Permalink

    For those interested, nine of the eleven tracks from 'Original Recordings' ("Shorty Falls In Love" and "It's Bad Grammar, Baby" were, inexplicably, not included though there was still plenty of optical room) as well as seven studio masters recorded for Epic but never previously released (many later re-recorded as live tracks for Blue Thumb) comprise the 2001 Sony Legacy 'The Most Of Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks' package.
    Details about it are HERE

  • 9
    April 25, 2010 - 05:50 | Permalink

    Once you put the Blue Thumb retro up, I was hoping and a-wishing for this one. Cheers Willard

    Ken K.

  • 10
    April 25, 2010 - 20:18 | Permalink

    what a fabulous record!

  • 11
    April 26, 2010 - 01:15 | Permalink

    Much thanks, W.

  • 12
    April 26, 2010 - 03:26 | Permalink

    What a quirky musician, have loved Dan Hicks for a long while, and it's always nice to be reminded of how special his music is. Thanks for the share Captain, and I'll be sure to visit Coffee Messiah.

  • 13
    April 26, 2010 - 16:02 | Permalink

    Thomas Dolby did a cover of "I Scare Myself" that I always liked. Thanks for sharing the original.

  • 14
    Paisley Panties
    April 28, 2010 - 00:19 | Permalink

    Wow, what beautiful music. I always used to wonder how this guy fit into the rest of the SF scene at the time, but now I've figured it out–this is what people listened to AFTER the got finished blowing their brains out at the Fillmore.

  • 15
    Mylene McSnapper
    April 29, 2010 - 08:14 | Permalink

    I Scare Myself was also covered by Australian soul singer Renee Geyer on a compilation called "Where Joy Kills Sorrow". I'd never heard the original before. Thanks.

  • 16
    May 1, 2010 - 20:57 | Permalink

    love this guy thanks

  • 17
    November 15, 2010 - 06:31 | Permalink

    a truly brilliant record that has stood the test of time well.
    my original vinyl copy is long gone- thanks for the chance to hear these brilliant tracks again….

  • 18
    October 17, 2011 - 12:27 | Permalink

    Has anyone heard “Early Muses” (Dan’s pre-Hot Licks demos, etc) on Big Beat?

  • 20
    October 18, 2011 - 06:40 | Permalink

    Wow! Had this on vinyl years ago and always enjoyed it. Can’t wait to hear it again, thanks for all your hard work putting such great stuff up for all to enjoy.

  • 21
    December 18, 2011 - 07:32 | Permalink

    All hail the mighty Capt. Willard whose wormholes know no equal! A lovely place to spend a lifetime lost in wonder! Thank you

  • 22
    November 27, 2012 - 02:46 | Permalink

    I owned a copy of this record at one time but it wore out – was hoping to download it from itunes but its not there

  • 23
    July 15, 2013 - 09:35 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard for this one…nice to hear something I hadn’t heard in years….cheers

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