Alternative Boogie (Capitol)

John Lee Hooker
Alternative Boogie: Early Studio Recordings, 1948-1952

Current: Capitol Blues Collection CD 7243 8 33912 2 6 (1995)
Specifications: 3 discs, 56 tracks, duration approx. 165 minutes
Mono, AAD
Recorded: Detroit, 1948-1952, except tracks 22-25, 42, 50, 53 (note: on the actual CD inlay, these tracks are stated to be from 1952)
Tracks: 01. Come Back Baby [02:57]
(a.k.a. One More Time/Let's Talk It Over/Let's Think It Over)
Recorded April 28th, 1950 - Modern 20-790, Crown LP 5353, Kent LP 525, UA LP 5512
02. Forgive Me [03:13]
Recorded 1949 - UA LP 5512
03. Streets is Filled with Women [03:13]
(alt. take of Looking for Romance/Movin' On Down the Line)
Recorded April 2nd, 1951 - UA LP 5512
04. Moon is Rising [02:49]
Recorded 1950 - UA LP 5512
05. Whistle Done Blown [03:10]
Recorded April 2nd, 1951 - UA LP 5512
06. Turnin' Gray Blues [02:48]
Recorded April 28th, 1950 - UA LP 5512
07. She Was in Chicago [02:57]
Recorded circa September, 1948 - UA LP 5512
08. Lord Taketh My Baby Away [03:02]
(a.k.a. Decoration Day Blues)
Recorded April 28th, 1950 - Sensation 33, UA LP 5512
09. Just Like a Woman [02:59]
(a.k.a. Never Satisfied)
Recorded 1950 - Regal 3304, UA LP 5512
10. Throw This Old Dog a Bone [03:05]
(alt. take of Notoriety Woman/No Place to Stay)

Recorded 1950 - UA LP 5512
11. Johnny Lee's Mood [03:04] (a.k.a. Original One Voice)
Recorded August 7th, 1951 - UA LP 5512
12. Miss Eloise, Miss Eloise [02:41] (a.k.a. Miss Eloise)
Recorded 1949 - Sensation 34, Regal 3295, UA LP 5512
13. Crying All Night [02:43]
(alt. take of Roll 'n' Roll/I Cried the Whole Night Long)
Recorded April 28th, 1950 - UA LP 5512
14. Welfare Blues [02:57]
(alt. take of Strike Blues)
Recorded April 28th, 1950 - UA LP 5512
15. Johnny Lee's Original Boogie [02:53]
(alt. take of Roll 'n' Roll/I Cried the Whole Night Long)
Recorded circa September, 1948 - UA 3LP 127
16. She Left Me By Myself [02:49]
Recorded circa January, 1950 - UA 3LP 127
17. Out the Door I Went [03:01]
(a.k.a. John L's House Rent Boogie/John Lee's House Rent Boogie/House Rent Boogie/Hey 's the House Rent Boogie)
Recorded November 16th, 1950
Modern 814, Crown LP 5157, UA 3LP 127, DCC LP/CD 042
18. My Baby She's Long and Tall [03:03]
(alt. take of Weeping Willow/Weeping Willow Boogie)
Recorded 1949 - UA 3LP 127
Disc Two
19. No Mortgage on My Soul [03:18]
Recorded circa January, 1950 - UA 3LP 127
20. I Come to You Baby [02:45]
Recorded circa January, 1952 - UA 3LP 127
21. I Rule My Den [02:45]
(alt. take of Crawlin' King Snake)
Recorded circa September, 1948 - UA 3LP 127
22. The Great Disaster of 1936 [03:03] (a.k.a. Fire at Natchez)
Recorded Culver City, California, March 9th, 1961 - UA 3LP 127
23. The Winding Highway [02:55] (a.k.a. Left My Wife and Baby)
Recorded Culver City, California, March 9th, 1961 - UA 3LP 127
24. She Quit Me [02:50] (a.k.a. Travelin' Day and Night)
Recorded Culver City, California, March 9th, 1961 - UA 3LP 127
25. How Long Can This Go On [02:53] (a.k.a. Deep Down in My Heart)
Recorded Culver City, California, March 9th, 1961 - Lauren 362, UA 3LP 127
26. Can I Say Hello [03:09] (a.k.a. Don't You Remember Me)
Recorded November 16th, 1950 - Crown LP 5232, UA 3LP 127
27. I Had a Dream [03:00] (alt. take of Black Cat Blues)
Recorded 1949 - UA 3LP 127
28. Me and a Woman [02:39] (a.k.a. I'm Gonna Git Me a Woman)
(alt. take of Reach My Goal/Find Me a Woman)
Recorded April 2nd, 1951 - UA 3LP 127, DCC LP/CD 042
29. Throw My Money Around [02:41]
Recorded August 7th, 1951 - UA 3LP 127
30. Well I Got to Leave [02:54] (alt. take of Playin' the Races/Dream a Number)
Recorded circa January, 1950 - UA 3LP 127
31. I Gotta Be Comin' Back [02:42] (a.k.a. Boogie Chillen 2)
Recorded April 28th, 1950
Sensation 34, Regal 3295, Sp LP 2125, Sp CD 7018, UA 3LP 127
32. I Don't Be Welcome Here [03:01] (alt. take of Do My Baby Think of Me)
Recorded April 28th, 1950 - UA 3LP 127
33. Two Voice Original Mood [03:06]
(with two layers of vocal and guitar overdubs from JLH)
Recorded August 7th, 1951 - UA 3LP 127
34. Three Voice Original Mood [03:06] (a.k.a. I'm in The Mood)
(with three layers of vocal and guitar overdubs from JLH)
Recorded August 7th, 1951
Modern 835, Crown LP 5157, UA 3LP 127, Kent 332, Flair CD 39658
35. Johnny Says Come Back [03:15] (a.k.a. Anybody Seen My Baby)
Recorded August 7th, 1951 - Modern 847, Crown LP 5157, UA 3LP 127
36. The Story of a Married Woman [02:47]
Recorded April 28th, 1950 - UA 3LP 127
37. Snap Them Fingers Boogie [03:02] (instrumental, alt. take of Hoogie Boogie)
Recorded 1949 - UA 3LP 127
Disc Three
38. Lord What More Can I Do? [02:54] (alt. take of Welfare Blues)
Recorded April 28th, 1950 - UA 3LP 127
39. Baby Please Don't Go [02:18] (a.k.a. I Was Beggin' My Baby)
(edited version of Wednesday Evening/She Left Me on My Bended Knee)
Recorded circa January, 1950 - UA 3LP 127
40. I'm Going Away [03:02] (a.k.a. Four Women in My Life)
(alt. take of Women in My Life/Four Women in My Life)
Recorded April 2nd, 1951 - UA 3LP 127, DCC LP/CD 042
41. Hummin' The Blues [03:06] (a.k.a. Whistlin' and Moanin' Blues)
Recorded 1949
Modern 20-688, Crown LP 5157, Kent LP 525, UA 3LP 127, Ace (E) CD 530
42. Johnny Lee and The Thing [02:45] (a.k.a. Shake It Up and Go)
Recorded Culver City, California, March 9th, 1961 - Galaxy 716, UA 3LP 127
43. Slow Down Your Chatter Baby [02:54] (a.k.a. Let Your Daddy Ride)
Recorded circa January, 1950 - Sensation 30, UA 3LP 127, Ace (E) CD 530
44. I Did Everything [03:23] (alt. take of Anybody Seen My Baby/Johnny Says Come Back)
Recorded August 7th, 1951 - UA 3LP 127
45. Someone to Love - Take 1 [02:47]
Recorded circa January, 1952 - UA 3LP 127
46. Someone to Love - Take 2 [03:01]
Recorded circa January, 1952 - UA 3LP 127
47. There's a Day Comin' Baby [03:05] (a.k.a. Sally May/Sally Mae)
Recorded circa September, 1948 - Modern 20-627, Crown LP 5353, UA 3LP 127
48. I Was Beggin' My Baby [02:15] (a.k.a. Baby Please Don't Go)
(edited version of Wednesday Evening/She Left Me on My Bended Knee)
Recorded circa January, 1950 - UA 3LP 127
49. Nobody to Talk to Me [03:04]
Recorded November 16th, 1950 - UA 3LP 127
50. I'm Gonna Whip Ya Baby [02:56] (a.k.a. Mad With You Baby)
Recorded Culver City, California, March 9th, 1961 - UA 3LP 127
51. It's a Crime and a Shame [02:48] (a.k.a. Give Me Your Phone Number)
Recorded 1950 - Modern 20-767, UA 3LP 127
52. I Met the Grindin' Man [03:01] (alt. take of Grinder Man)
Recorded November 16th, 1950 - UA 3LP 127
53. Louisiana Blues for You [02:51] (a.k.a. Mojo Hand, Risin' Sun, Louisiana Voodoo)
Recorded Culver City, California, March 9th, 1961 - Lauren 361, UA 3LP 127
54. Long, Long Way from Home [02:50] (alt. take of Hobo Blues)
Recorded circa September, 1948 - UA 3LP 127
55. Sometime [02:59]
Recorded 1949 - UA 3LP 127
56. T.B.'s Killin' Me [02:54] (a.k.a. No Friend Around)
Recorded circa January, 1950 - Modern 20-746, UA 3LP 127, Flair CD 39658
References: Crown LP 5353 The Great (Crown CLP 5353)
Kent LP 525
UA LP 5512
Coast to Coast Blues Band (United Artists 5512, 1971)
UA 3LP 127
John Lee Hooker's Detroit (United Artists 3-127, 1973)
Crown LP 5157
The Blues (Crown CLP 5157)
DCC LP/CD 042
40th Anniversary Album (DCC DZL 042, 1989)
Crown LP 5232
Sings The Blues (Crown CLP 5232)
Sp LP 2125
Alone (Specialty SPS 2125, 1970)
Sp CD 7018
Graveyard Blues (Fantasy/Specialty SPCD-7018-2, 1992)
Kent 332
Flair CD 39658
The Legendary Modern Recordings (EMD/Virgin/Flair 39658, 1994, U.S.)
Ace (E) CD 530
Original Folk Blues of John Lee Hooker (Ace CDCHM 530)
Personnel: John Lee Hooker vocals; guitar; whistling on 41
Eddie Burns harmonica on 12
Eddie Kirkland guitar on 03, 05, 11, 29, 33-35, 40, 44
Andrew Dunham guitar on 27
Bernard Besman guitar on 45, 46
James Watkins piano on 19, 43

Produced by Bernard Besman

Project Director: Wayne Watkins
Produced and Compiled by
Pete Welding
Remastered by
Bob Norberg at Capitol Recording Studios
Components Coordinated by
Kim Niemi

Liner notes by Pete Welding (including original notes from John Lee Hooker's Detroit by Bernard Besman

Art Direction by Tommy Steele
Design by
Cimarron/Bacon/O'Brien
Illustrations by
Joe Ciardiello
Photo Research by
Brad Benedict, Capitol Records Photo Archives
Photographs:
Michael Ochs Archives

Notes: This 3CD set comprises the whole of Coast to Coast Blues Band (1971) and John Lee Hooker's Detroit (3LP set, 1973), both originally released by United Artists at the behest of Canned Heat, after their collaboration with John Lee Hooker on Hooker 'n' Heat (1971).

The tracks were (at that time) all previously unreleased, and many were alternative takes of existing John Lee Hooker tracks.

If you check Capitol's database for John Lee Hooker product, this is the only item that comes up, even though they DO produce some Hooker 'n' Heat stuff.  Many of the online stores however are reporting 'label out of stock' for this release, so if you want to get hold of a copy, probably sooner is better than later.

Online: RealAudio 01-56: Tunes.COM
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INFORMATION SOURCES
Cover: Scanned myself.
Release Details: From the CD.
Specifications: From the CD.
Recorded: From Jan, 1999 draft of Blues Records 1943-70.
Tracks: Names and durations from the CD.  Alternative names and other appearances from Jan 1999 draft of Blues Records 1943-70.
Personnel: From Jan, 1999 draft of Blues Records 1943-70.