Blues for Big Town (Charly) - cover from Gary Hearn

John Lee Hooker
Blues for Big Town

Deleted?: Charly Blues Masterworks 38 (Charly CDBM38, 1995, U.K.)
Specifications: 1 disc, 16 tracks
Recorded: Detroit, 1950-1953/4
Tracks: 01. Mad Man Blues
Recorded late 1950 - Gone 60, Chess 1462 (both as John Lee Booker), Chess LP 1454
02. Hey Boogie (a.k.a. Boogie Now)
Recorded late 1950 - Gone 61, Chess 1462 (both as
John Lee Booker), Chess LP 1454
03. Just Me and My Telephone
Recorded circa April, 1951 - Chess LP 1454
04. Dreamin' Blues
Recorded circa April, 1951 - Chess LP 1454
05. Walkin' The Boogie (alt. take)
Recorded April 24th, 1952 - Chess LP 8203, Chess LP 8119 (Italy)
06. I Don't Want Your Money
Recorded April 24th, 1952 - Chess LP 1454
07. Hey, Baby
Recorded April 24th, 1952 - Chess LP 1454
08. The Journey (a.k.a. Sentimental Journey)
Recorded April 24th, 1952 - Chess LP 1454
09. Bluebird
Recorded April 24th, 1952 - Chess LP 1454
10. Apologize
Recorded April 24th, 1952 - Chess LP 1454
11. Lonely Boy Boogie (a.k.a. New Boogie)
Recorded April 24th, 1952 - Chess LP 1454
12. Please Don't Go
(Lowell Fulson) ARC Music Corp. BMI
Recorded April 24th, 1952 - Chess LP 1454
13. Worried Life Blues
(Maceo Merriweather) MCA-Duchess Music Corp. BMI

Recorded April 24th, 1952 - Chess LP 1454
14. Blues for Big Town
Recorded circa 1952 - Fortune 3002, Chess LP 8119 (Italy)
15. Big Fine Woman
Recorded circa 1954
HIQ 5018, Elmor 303, Fortune LP 3002, Chess LP 6061 (Japan), Chess LP 8119 (Italy)
16. Blues for Christmas
Recorded circa 1954
HIQ 5018, Elmor 303, Fortune LP 3002, Chess LP 6061 (Japan), Chess LP 8119 (Italy)
References: Chess LP 1454 John Lee Hooker Plays and Sings The Blues (Chess 1454, 1961)
Chess LP 8203 Wizards from the South Side (Chess 8203 - Various Artists, 1982)
Chess LP 6061 Blues for Big Town (Chess PLP 6061 - Various Artists)
Chess LP 8119 Blues for Big Town (Chess GCH 8119 - Various Artists, 1989)
Fortune LP 3002 Big Maceo/John Lee Hooker (Fortune 3002, 1971)
Personnel: John Lee Hooker vocals; guitar
Bob Thurman piano on 14-16
Eddie Kirkland guitar on 03
Jimmy Miller trumpet on 15, 16
Johnny Hooks
tenor sax on 15, 16
Tom Whitehead
drums on 15, 16

All songs written by John Lee Hooker, Arc Music Corp. BMI, except where indicated

Notes: This has the entire contents of the Chess album Plays and Sings The Blues, plus four extra tracks.

I think this CD's been deleted, but all the tracks are on the Chess 2CD set The Complete 50's Chess Recordings.

Online: RealAudio 01 02 03 04 05: Amazon.com, EveryCD, Rock.com
No audio:
All-Music Guide
Similar CD's: John Lee Hooker Plays and Sings The Blues
The Complete 50's Chess Recordings


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INFORMATION SOURCES
Cover: Courtesy of Gary Hearn.
Release Details: From Gary Hearn, online sources, and looking at the CD in shops.
Specifications: Well, they're not really there yet.
Recorded: Boogie Chillen book.
Tracks: Names from online sources, checked and augmented via the Boogie Chillen book.
Personnel: Musician personnel from boogie chillen book.  Songwriting credits from my Complete 50's Chess Recordings CD.