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John Lee Hooker
- revised and compiled by Claus Röhnisch
Updated January 27, 2015
|Chicago 1955-1964||The Sixties Albums||1970-1999|
details in this discography are based on
Les Fancourt's Hooker-entry
in "The Blues Discography 1943-1970"
(totally revised second edition)
Fancourt and McGrath (by Les Fancourt and Bob McGrath, 2012 Eyeball Productions ISBN 978-0-9866417-4-9, printed in June 2012)
- revised, updated and completed with represantative LP and CD issues - by Claus Röhnisch.
"Boogie Chillen" - a guide by Les Fancourt, and information from Neil Slaven, Dave Sax, Mike Rowe, Charles Shaar Murray, Scot Pell, and Gary Hearn has also been valuable; with inspiration from Frank Scott, Alan Balfour and Colin Escott. The discography on Hooker by Michael J. Sweeney and Robert Pruter, published in Goldmine magazine, March 20, 1992 has also been studied. The four volumes of the second edition of "The R&B Indies" by Bob McGrath have also been very useful.
Note: The tracks from "The Unknown John Lee Hooker" - Flyright FLYCD 57 (private 1951 recordings - reissued on Eagle CD 20024 in 2004 as "Jack O' Diamonds") not included.
Recordings issued on Shout!Factory 4CD Box 826663-10198 "HOOKER" (2006) listed for overview (SFBox). The tracks of Charly 4CD "digibook" CD DIG 5 "The Boogie Man" are marked (DIG) for overview.
John Lee Hooker, vcl/gtr plus accomp as shown. For pseudonym credits - see singles discography. For CD track listings, see Ultimate CD Collection
John Lee Hooker's Rosebud session discography
1981 - 2003 compiled by Gary Hearn
Rock These Blues Away (on pdf)
- please note there are some dates wrong in that disco (to be revised later)
John Lee Hooker 1948 - 1955 Johnnie Lee´s Definitive Detroit
With tracks - not in order of Body & Soul chronological CD issues - but based on the Les Fancourt discography - revised by Claus Röhnisch.
This means the tracks are not in the playing order of the Body&Soul CDs, but in a revised and more accurate chrono-order. The Body&Soul double CDs are packed in nice traditional 2CD-sets with extensive inlay booklets including comments and discography by Neil Slaven (and in track order based on the Leadbitter/Slaven "Blues Records" discography).
Each session starts with producer and date of recording - with original vinyl issues and representative CDs. aoa = alternate of above. The tracks on Bernie Besman´s DCC LP/CD DZL 042 "40th Anniversary Album" (reissued on Demon FIEND LP and CD 154 "The Detroit Lion") are all indicated due to the retitlings (that album also includes "Blues For Abraham Lincoln" from Besman´s 1961 California session). The 33 tracks of Krazy Kat KK LP 200 "Boogie Awhile" are noted with the tracks not on the later KrazyKat CD 05 marked (not CD). All tracks on United Artists LPs 127-J3 and 5512 also on Capitol 3-CD 33912-2 "Alternative Boogie: Early Studio Recordings". The tracks on the Proper 4CD box PROPERBOX 111 "The Boogie Man" are indicated # for overview.
Original master numbers are given after track title (when known). Master/matrix numbers, which lack sufficient discographical significance, are not noted.
All tracks recorded in Detroit, unless otherwise indicated. Besman's sessions done in United Sound Studios with Joe Siracuse, engineer.
Yellow titles indicate original 78 issues (1948 - 1955 issues).
Greatest Blues: Detroit 1948
(almost equal to Body & Soul 3057012, 2-set CD)
Elmer Barbee demo, rec. June 12, 1948
w. unkn,pno; prob J. Scarber,gtr
Rocks (aka Miss Sassy Mae) - KK LP 200 (not CD)
Note: "Dupree" with Scarber, vcl also recorded at this session.
Barbee demos, rec. ca August, 1948
Leavin´ Chicago - KK LP 200
Wednesday Evening Blues - KK LP 200 (not CD)
Note: Hooker also recorded demos of "(When) My First Wife Left Me" at the above session, listed as "When My Wife Quit Me" and "When My First Wife Left Me". German 10CD Box-set "Portrait" lists "My First Wife Left Me" and an alternate of "Do The Boogie" from later session (which in fact is the sam track twice) - "My First Wife Left Me" is the Vee-Jay/Prestige recording of 1960 (also issued on several other public domain CDs). "War Is Over" and "She Was in Chicago" below are remakes of the two above.
Barbee "demo", rec. in Toledo, Ohio 1948
James Watkins,pno; Curtis Foster,dms
(Miss Saide Mae) Curl My Baby´s Hair (Miss Sadie Mae*) - Fortune 846, Fortune LP 3002*
Note: This is possibly the "combo" recording Besman "rejected" when Barbee presented it to Besman.The Fortune single was issued in 1958 (with flip "609 Boogie" - see 1954).
Bernie Besman session, ca September 1948 (leased to Modern, issued on November 3)
Sally May (Sally Mae* or There Is A Day Comin´ Baby**) (aka Sallie Mae) (B 7003) - Modern 627, Crown LP 5353*,
Kent LP 5025*, UA LP 127**, Rhino CD R2 70572*, Ace CD 799*, SFBox*, #*
Sally Mae (aoa - aka Sallie May) - Modern 4, Crown LP 5157, Ace CDCHD 315, Virgin CD 82741
War Is Over (Goodbye California) (aka Highway Blues or Highway 51) (B 7004) - Specialty LP 2127,
SPCD 7018, Ace CDCHD 405, #
See, See Baby (aoa) - GB LP 3130
She Was In Chicago (aka Wednesday Evening Blues) (B 7005) - UA LP 5512, #
Crazy ´Bout That Woman (aoa) - GB LP 3130
Boogie Chillen' (Boogie Chillen* aka Boogie Children) (B 7006) - Modern 627, Modern 4, Crown LP 5157*, Kent 332*,
LP 5025*, Mainstream CD MDCD 903*, Ace CDCHD 315*, DCC LP 042*, Ace CDCHD 405*, Virgin CD 82741, SFBox, #*
Henry´s Swing Club (aoa) - Specialty LP 2127, SPCD 7018, Ace CDCHD 405
Johnny Lee´s Original Boogie (aoa - prob the first take) - UA LP 127
Note: Modern 627 reedited as "New Boogie Chillen" on Grand 109/Modern 893 with "I Tired" by Sylvester Cotton on the flip. The only album issues with the original Boogie Chillen' spelling are the Rhino CDs, the Audio Fidelity AFZ 005 CD, and the "Hooker" CDbox. All eleven tracks on DCC LP/CD 042 also on Audio Fidelity CD AFZ 005 (Boogie Chillen'), which also has a further nine tracks (all on Mainstream CD MDCD 903). All tracks of Kent LP 5025 also on Ace CDCHM 530 (Original Folk Blues, Plus) also including listed bonus tracks below. Mainstream CD (Half A Stranger), SPCD-7018 (Graveyard Blues), CDCHD 315 (The Legendary Modern Recordings), CDCHD 405 (Blues Brother - 24 Vintage Sensation Recordings), CD 799 (House Rent Boogie), Virgin CD (Blues Kingpins-Blues Immortal). Most tracks of Greene Bottle LP GBS 3130 (Johnny Lee) 2-set not issued on any regular US CD.
Drifting From Door To Door (Driftin' From Door To Door* aka When My First Wife Left Me) (B 7007)
- Modern 714, Crown LP 5232, Kent LP 5025, Ace CDCHD 315, SFBox*, #
Hobo Blues (B 7008-B) - Modern 663, Crown LP 5157, Mainstream CD MDCD 903, Ace CDCHD 315,
Virgin CD 82741, SFBox, #
Long, Long Way From Home (aoa) - UA LP 127
Numbers Blues (aka Playin´ The Numbers) (B 7009) - Ace CDCHD 799 (not on Body & Soul)
She Ain´t Good For Nothin´ (aoa ) - GB LP 3130
Alberta (B 7010?) - Specialty LP 2125, SPCD 7018, Ace CDCHD 405
Howlin´ Wolf (I´m A Howling Wolf*) (B 7011) - Modern 730, Crown LP 5353*, Modern 52,
Ace CDCHD 315, Virgin CD 82741, #
Crawlin' King Snake (Crawling Kingsnake* or Crawling King Snake** aka Crawling King Snake Blues) (B 7012)
- Modern 714, Crown LP 5157**, Kent LP 5025, Mainstream CD MDCD 903**, Ace CDCHD 315*, Virgin CD 82741,
I Rule My Den (aoa) - UA LP 127
Note: "Drifting.." and "Hobo Blues" may be Barbee recordings from mid 1948 handed over to Besman. When Besman handed his first tapes to Modern in November, 1948 he offered the "Boogie Chillen´"-session plus the tracks above. Some evidence point to the fact that the alternate of "Numbers Blues", "Well I Got To Leave" (see session from ca. December 1949) is actually the alternate of the above and the alternate listed here is from the 1949 session. The CDCHD405 lists James Taylor as lead gtr on "Alberta". The nine recordings listed here often reported as recorded February 18, 1949 - see below. The sound quality on Mainstream CD MDCD 903 is superb (mostly mastered from original acetates).
Barbee, rec. ca November 1948 (sold to Joe Von Battle, resold to Savoy in December)
Mercy Blues (D 1100) - KK LP 200
Boogie Woogie (D 1101) - KK LP 200
Helpless Blues (D 1102) - Regent 1001, RL LP 003, #
Good Business (D 1103) - KK LP 200
Goin´ Mad Blues (D 1104) - Regent 1001, RL LP 003, #, DIG
Grievin´ Blues (D 1105) - Savoy LP 2255
Low Down-Midnite Boogie (Lowdown Midnight Boogie* aka Talking Boogie) (D 1106) - Savoy 5558, LP 2255*, #, DIG
Landing Blues (D 1107) - Savoy 5558, Savoy LP 2255, #
Twister Blues (D 1108) - Savoy LP 2255
Shady Grove Blues (D 1109) - Savoy LP 2255
Goin´ Home Blues (aka Goin´ Down Slow) (D 1110) - Savoy LP 2255
Like A Woman (aka Just Like A Woman) (D 1111) - Savoy LP 2255
Note: Hooker calls himself "Poor Slim". All twelve tracks issued on SavoyJazz-Atlantic CD 92910 and Savoy 17078 (Savoy Blues Legends),
and on Metro Doubles CD METRDCD532 (Early Years - The Classic Savoy Sessions), which also features Hooker's circa 1961 recordings for Savoy.
Barbee, rec. ca November 1948 (sold to Battle and resold to King)
Stomp Boogie (Flub*) (K 5590 / K 5594) - King 4283, King 4504, LP 859*, Polydor LP 2310 256, #
Who´s Been Jiving You (K 5591) - King LP 885, Pol LP 2310 256, #
Black Man Blues (K 5592) - King 4283, Pol LP 2310 256, SFBox, #
Poor Joe (K 5593) - King LP 885, Pol LP 2310 256
Note: King 4283 was the first JLH pseudonym recording (issued around December, 1948 – as by “Texas Slim”). Originally planned to be issued as by "Poor Joe & His Boys" and later intended for King LP 727 (the "Texas Slim" recordings). The American original LP lists three of above (plus “Race Track” instead of K 5592) together with the other 12 "Texas Slim" recordings, although 4 Earl Hooker recordings appear instead. "Flub" credited to Memphis Slim on LP 859 and titled "Unissued, Untitled Instrumental" (as K 5594 on Collectables CD 2877). That CD lists "Black Man Blues" as "Black Man's Blues" and the CD suggests the King 4504 issue actually has "Slim's Stomp" from the Battle session below, re-titled "Stomp Boogie". LP 885 credited “Memphis Slim”. All 16 King tracks on Varèse Sarabande CD 302066597-2 (I'm A Boogie Man). Other tracks “confusions” appear on the public domain issues on Real Gone and Soul Jam in 2014.
Shake Your Boogie - KK LP 200
Poor Slim - KK LP 200 (not CD)
Poor Slim (aoa) - KK LP 200
Down So Long - KK LP 200 (not CD)
Note: The last track includes conversation with Barbee (and the first track below features a Barbee speech). The first track above originally issued on a French bootleg album (v.a.) in the '70s.
Besman session, poss. February 8 or 27, 1950
w. James Watkins,pno-1
Let Your Daddy Ride (Slow Down Your Chatter Baby*) -1 (B 8017) - Sensation 30, UA LP 127*,
Ace CDCHM 530, SFBox, #
Let Your Daddy Ride -1 (aoa, B 8017) - Modern 790, Crown LP 5232, Kent LP 5025, Ace CDCHD 315
Goin´ On Highway 51 (Goin´ Down Highway 51*) (B 8018) - Sensation 30, Specialty LP 2127*, SPCD 7018*,
Ace CDCHD 405
The Moon Above - GB LP 3130
She Left Me By Myself - UA LP 127, #
No Mortgage On My Soul -1 - UA LP 127, #
Note: All tracks of Kent LP 5025 (except the Modern single version of above) also on Ace CDCHM 530 including listed bonus tracks below. "The Moon Above" poss a recording from c. Sept -49 or even 1952/53. "Goin' Down Highway 51" listed as recorded February 27, 1950 on Specialty issues.
Malone - King recordings, ca March 1950 (sold from Staff to King in August)
Thinking Blues (K 5890-2) - King 4377, LP 727, #
Don´t You Remember Me (K 5891-1)- King 4366, LP 727, Federal 12377, SFBox, #
Note: Drums dubbed on Federal and several later issues including Pulse PLS CD 349. John calls himself "Johnny" (prob intended to be issued as by Johnny Williams).
Battle - Gone recordings, prob. early-mid 1950
Mad Man Blues - Gone 60/61, Chess 1462, LP 1454, Chess MCD 09391, #, DIG
Boogie Now (Hey Boogie*) - Gone 60/61, Chess 1462, LP 1454*, Chess MCD 09391*, #*
Note: Hooker calls himself "Sam". Echo added on Chess LPs.
Besman session, prob. April 28, 1950
My Baby´s Got Somethin´ (B 8035) - Sensation 33, Specialty LP 2127, SPCD 7018, Ace CDCHD 405, #
Decoration Day Blues (Lord Taketh My Baby Away*) (B 8036) - Sensation 33, UA LP 5512*, #
Boogie Chillen' #2 (I Gotta Be Comin´ Back* aka Boogie Chillen 2) (B 8037) - Regal 3295, Sensation 34,
Specialty LP 2125, UA LP 127*, Ace CDCHD 405, #*
21 Boogie (aoa) - Specialty LP 2127, SPCD 7018, Ace CDCHD 405
Jump Chillun (aoa) - GB LP 3130
Roll ´n´ Roll (I Cried The Whole Night Long*) (B 8040) - Modern 767, GB LP 3130*, Ace CD 799
Rollin´ Blues (aoa) - Specialty LP 2125, SPCD 7018, Ace CDCHD 405
Crying All Night (aoa) - UA LP 5512, #
One More Time (Lets Talk It Over* or Come Back Baby** aka Let´s Think It Over) (B 8042) - Modern 790,
Crown LP 5353*, UA LP 5512**, #**
Three Long Years Today - Specialty LP 2125, SPCD 7035, Ace CDCHD 405, #
Strike Blues - Specialty LP 2127, SPCD 7035, #
Welfare Blues (aoa) - UA LP 5512
Lord What More Can I Do (aoa) - UA LP 127
Turnin´ Gray Blues - UA LP 5512, #
Note: "Do My Baby Think Of Me" and its alternate listed at April 2, 1951 session below. Session date on Body & Soul incorrect. "My Baby's Got Something" noted as recorded February 8, 1950 and as April 28, 1950 on different Specialty issues.
Besman session, April 28, 1950
Give Me Your Phone Number (It´s A Crime And A Shame*) (B 8047) - Modern 767, UA LP 127*, #*
You Sure Look Good To Me (aoa) - GB LP 3130
Notoriety Woman (No Place To Stay*) (B 8048) - Regal 3304, GB LP 3130*, SFBox
Throw This Old Dog A Bone (aoa) - UA LP 5512, #
Never Satisfied (Just Like A Woman*) (B 8049) - Regal 3304, UA LP5512*, #*
The Story Of A Married Woman (aoa) - UA LP 127, #
Moon Is Rising - UA LP 5512, #
Please Have Mercy - GB LP 3130
Note: Session date on Body & Soul incorrect; several of the B8035-B8049 masters issued between May-August 1950.
Malone - Staff recordings, October or November, 1950
Wandering Blues - Staff 710, Gotham 506, RLP 003, Collectables LP/CD 5151, DIG
House Rent Boogie - Staff 710, Gotham 506, RLP 003, Collectables LP/CD 5151, #, DIG
Note: Gotham 506 issued in December, 1950. There is a Johnny Williams single on Staff 711 with Sunnyland / Bull Headed Woman rumoured to be John Lee Hooker recordings.
Besman session, November 16, 1950
John L´s House Rent Boogie (House Rent Boogie* or Out The Door I Went** or John Lee's House Rent Boogie***)
(B 9001) - Modern 814, CLP 5157*, Modern 52***, UA LP 127**, SFBox
House Rent Boogie (Hey,´S The House Rent Boogie**) (aoa) - Mainstream MDCD 903, DCC LP 042**, Ace CDCHD 799 (the alternate not on Body & Soul)
Queen Bee (B 9002) - Modern 814, Crown LP 5157, Kent LP 5025, Mainstream MDCD 903, Ace CDCHD 315,
Virgin CD 82741, #
Don´t You Remember Me (Can I Say Hello*) - Crown LP 5232, UA LP 127*, #*
You´ve Got Another Man (Hello Baby*) (aoa) - GB LP 3130, DCC LP 042*
Grinder Man - Specialty LP 2127, SPCD 7035, Ace CDCHD 405, #
If You Need My Lovin´ Baby (aoa) - GB LP 3130
I Met The Grindin´ Man (aoa) - UA LP 127
Nobody To Talk To Me (aka Mean Old Train) - UA LP 127, Ace CD 799
Walkin´ This Highway - Specialty LP 2125, SPCD 7035
Note. "Grinder Man" noted as recorded on February 8, 1950 on the Specialty issues. Last title may be of sligthly diff. date. Specialty SPCD 7035 (Everybody's Blues).
Detroit, for Gotham , ca March 1951 (probably Battle recordings)
Questionnaire Blues - Gotham 509, #
Real Gone Gal - Gotham 509, #
Little Boy Blue - Gotham 513
My Daddy Was A Jockey - Gotham 513, #
Mean Old Train - Gotham 515
Catfish (aka Cat Fish) - Gotham 515, #
Feed Her All Night - KK LP 816
Feed Her All Night (aoa) - unissued
How Long Must I Be Your Slave - KK LP 816
Ground Hog - KK LP 816
Union Station - unissued
Jail House Blues - unissued
Looking For My Baby - unissued
Note: Gotham 509 issued in early 1951 and 515 in March, 1952. All the 9 issued titles (plus the earlier Gotham single) on Collectables LP/CD 5151 (Gotham Golden Classics) and CD 5316 (Detroit Blues, also featuring Eddie Burns). KK LP 816 is the British Krazy Kat album identical to Collectables 5316.
w. Eddie Burns, vcl/gtr, 1951
Where Did You Stay Last Night - KK LP 816 (Body & Soul Vol 5)
Note: This track was sold to Gotham from Battle in July, 1951.
Besman recordings, prob. April 2, 1951
Do My Baby Think Of Me? - Specialty LP 2125, DCC LP 042, Specialty SPCD 7035, Ace CDCHD 405, #
I Don´t Be Welcome Here (aoa) - UA LP 127, #
Note: Date above given on Besman´s DCC LP - and probably correct, although Slaven, Sax and Fancourt list the tracks together with the "Strike Blues" session of 1950. "Do My Baby Think Of Me" wrongly noted as recorded April 2 (and April 28), 1950 on some Specialty issues.
Besman session, April 2, 1951
w. Little Eddie Kirkland,gtr-1
Women In My Life (Four Women In My Life*) -1 (MM 1560) - Modern 829, Kent LP 9006, Specialty LP 2127*,
SPCD 7035*, Ace CDCHD 315, Ace CDCHD 405, #*
I´m Going Away (Four Women In My Life*) -1 (aoa) - UA LP 127, DCC LP 042*
Tease Me Baby (Tease Your Daddy*) (MM 1561) - Modern 829, Crown LP 5353*, Ace CDCHD 315
I Need Lovin´ (aoa) - Specialty LP 2125, SPCD 7035, Ace CDCHD 405,
Tease Me Baby (aoa) - GB LP 3130
Looking For Romance (Movin´ On Down The Line*) -1 - Kent LP 9006, GB LP 3130*
Streets Is Filled With Women (aoa) -1 - UA LP 5512
Reach My Goal (Find Me A Woman*) - Kent LP 9006, Specialty LP 2127*, SPCD 7035*, Ace CDCHD 405*
Me And A Woman (I´m Gonna Get Me A Woman*) (aoa) - UA LP 127, DCC LP 042*
Whistle Done Blown -1 - UA LP 5512
Note: The Specialty edition of the first track has an intro not on the earlier issues; and the last track may be of slightly diff. date.
Chess session, Chicago April 26, 1951
w. Little Eddie Kirkland,gtr-1
Louise -1 (U 7326) - Chess 1482, Modern 842, Chess LP 1438, #, DIG
High Priced Woman (U 7327) - Chess 1505, LP 1438, #, DIG
Union Station Blues (U 7328) - Chess 1505, LP 1438, #, DIG
Just Me And My Telephone (aka Me And My Phone) -1 (U 7329) - Chess LP 1454, DIG, SFBox
Ground Hog Blues (U 7330) - Chess 1482, Modern 842, Chess LP 1438, #, DIG
Leave My Wife Alone (U 7331) - Chess 1467, LP 1438, #, DIG, SFBox
Ramblin´ By Myself (U 7333) - Chess 1467, LP 1438, #, DIG
Dreamin´ Blues (U 7334) - Chess LP 1454, DIG
Note: All Chess recordings issued on MCA/Chess CD MCD 09391 (The Complete 50's Chess Recordings).
Malone - Staff recordings, ca 1951
w. Vernon "Boogie Woogie Red" Harrison,pno; Curtis Foster,dms
Prison Bound - Staff 718, SwingTime 266, KK LP 200 (not CD), Charly CD GR176
Bumble Bee Blues - Staff 718, SwingTime 266, KK LP 200 (not CD), Charly CD GR176, SFBox
Note: There is a Polydor LP, "All Star Blues", which mistakenly credits two West Texas Slim recordings as by John Lee Hooker.
Besman session, August 7, 1951
w. Little Eddie Kirkland,gtr (plus vcls on -1)
How Can You Do It (MM 1635) - Modern 835, Crown LP 5353, Ace CD 799, Virgin CD 82741
I Work For Her Every Day (Baby How Can You Do It?*) (aoa) - GB LP 3130, DCC LP 042*
Throw My Money Around (undubbed version of above) - UA LP 127 (not on Body & Soul)
Johnny Lee´s Mood (Original One Voice aka I´m In The Mood) - UA LP 5512
Two Voiced Original Mood - UA LP 127
I´m In The Mood (Three Voiced Original Mood*) (MM 1636) - Modern 835, Crown LP 5157, Kent 332, Modern 24,
UA LP 127*, Ace CDCHD 315, Virgin CD 82741, SFBox, #
I´m In The Mood (aoa) - DCC LP 042, Mainstream CD MDCD 903
I´m In The Mood (w hca dub) - Ace CDCHD 799 (not on Body & Soul)
Anybody Seen My Baby (Johnny Says Come Back*) (MM 1637) - Modern 847, Crown LP 5157, UA LP 127*,
Ace CD 799, Virgin CD 82741
I Did Everything (aoa) - UA LP 127
Turn Over A New Leaf (This Is 19 and 52, Babe* aka 1952 Blues) (MM 1638) - Modern 847, Crown LP 5232,
DCC LP 042*, Ace CDCHD 315, #
Let´s Talk It Over -1 - Modern 935, Crown LP 5259, Kent LP 5025, DCC LP 042, Ace CD 799
Note: Dbl track vcl on original 78 issue of Modern 935 - July, 1954; this title often listed as a 1952 recording together with the "Rock House Boogie" session or as May 22, 1952; but listed as being recorded as above on DCC LP.
Note: Around August, 1951 Hooker made his private recordings for Gene Deitch - two sessions in Detroit - the last with 4 recordings - one of them listed as August 16 (the original statement was October 18, 1949) (issued on Flyright FLYCD57 - "The Unknown" - and reissued on Eagle CD 20024 as "Jack O' Diamonds"). The first session also includes four unissued tracks.
"Catfish Blues" and "Moses Smote The Water" from that CD issued on SFBox. tracks
John L. Plays & Sings Folk Blues: Detroit 1952
Besman session, early 1952
w. Bernie Besman,org; and dubbed extra vocals and instruments
Cold Chills All Over Me (Cold Chills* or I Got Drunk**) - Modern 862, Crown LP 5157*, GB LP 3130**
Cold Chills (aoa) - Ace CDHCD 530
Rock Me Mama (Good Rockin´ Mama*) - Modern 862, Crown LP 5232*, GB LP 3130
I Came To You Baby - UA LP 127
Someone To Love - UA LP 127 (w. dubbed gtr)
Note: "Cold Chills" and "Rock Me Mama" issued in three editions each on GB LP 3130 (titled take 1,2,3) and "Someone To Love" issued in alternate editions on UA LP 127 - take 1 and 2. Body & Soul Vol 5 has all versions.
Chess session, (prob. Detroit) April 24, 1952
Dbl track vcl and extra dubbed (speeded-up) gtr on -1
Walkin´ The Boogie -1 (U 7432) - Chess 1513, LP 1438, #
Walkin´ The Boogie (unedited) - Chess LP 8203, LP 9102, DIG
Sugar Mama (U 7433) - Chess 1513, LP 1438, #, DIG
I Don´t Want Your Money - Chess LP 1454, #, DIG
Hey, Baby - Chess LP 1454, DIG
The Journey (aka Sentimental Journey) - Chess LP 1454, DIG
Bluebird - Chess LP 1454, #, DIG
Love Blues - Chess LP 1438
Apologize - Chess LP 1454, DIG
Lonely Boy Boogie (aka New Boogie) - Chess LP 1454, DIG
Please Don´t Go (aka Baby Please Don't Go) - Chess LP 1454, DIG
Worried Life Blues - Chess LP 1454, #, DIG
Down At The Landing - Chess LP 1438, DIG
Note: All Chess recordings issued on MCA/Chess CD MCD 09391. "Lonely Boy Boogie" has a slightly longer ending - and "The Journey" a longer intro on that CD.
Besman session, May 22, 1952
w. Little Eddie Kirkland,gtr (and vcl-1); Bernie Besman,org-2
It Hurts Me So -1/2 - Modern 876, Crown LP 5353, DCC LP 042
I Got Eyes For You (Yes, Baby, Baby, Baby* or Yes, Baby, Baby**) - Modern 876, Crown LP 5353, DCC LP 042*,
Audio Fidelity CD AFX005**, Ace CD 799, Virgin CD 82741
I Got Eyes For You (aoa) - Ace CDCHD 799 (not on Body & Soul)
Key To The Highway -1/2 - Modern 886, Crown LP 5353
I Got The Key (aoa) (Key To The Highway*) -1/2 - DCC LP 042, Ace CDCHD 799*
Bluebird Blues (Bluebird, Bluebird Taka A Letter Down South* or Bluebird, Take A Letter Down South**
or Blue Bird Blues***) - Modern 886, DCC LP 042*, Audio Fidelity CD AFX005**, Ace CD 799***
Note: Double-track voice on several issues of the above titles.
It´s Time For My Lovin´ To Be Done - RPM 367, Kent LP 9006
That´s All Right - RPM 367, Kent LP 9006
Note: The last two are by "Little" Eddie Kirkland, vcl/gtr with Hooker guitar.
Besman recordings, 1952
w. Bob Thurman,pno; Eddie Burns, unkn bs on*; dbd hca-1.
It´s My Own Fault (aka It's My Fault) - Chess 1562*, LP 1438, MCA CD 09391
It´s My Own Fault -1 (edited version of above master) - Fortune LP 3002
Baby I Prove My Love To You (unedited version of above) - GB LP 3130
Blues For Big Town - Fortune LP 3002, MCA CD 09391, #, DIG, SFBox
Juke Bug -1 (instrumental) - Fortune LP 3002
You Have Two Hearts - MCA CD 09391
Note: "It's My Own Fault" has dbl track vcl on Chess/MCA issues; hca dubbed on Fortune issue; GB issue no double track and no hca (unedited original recording) - the alternate versions not on Body & Soul. Last track (no pno - no hca - but celeste) not on Body & Soul.
Fortune Records, ca 1952
w. Bob Thurman or Boogie Woogie Red,pno; unknown,gtr (poss overdubbed or Eddie Kirkland); prob Tom Whiteheead,dms
Women And Money (aka Money And Women) - Chess 1562, LP 1438, MCA CD 09391
Joe Bihari - Joe Siracuse productions, December 3, 1952
w. Johnny Hooks,tens; Boogie Woogie Red,pno; Jimmy Turner,dms
It´s Been A Long Time Baby - Modern 897, Ace CD 799, Virgin CD 82741
Ride ´Til I Die - Modern 907, Ace LP 37, Ace CDCHM 530
I Tried Hard - Modern 935, Ace CD 799, Virgin CD 82741
Bihari - Siracuse productions, 1952
w. Eddie Kirkland,gtr
Rock House Boogie - Modern 897, Crown LP 5295, Mainstream CD MDCD 903, Ace CDCHD 315, #
It´s Stormin´ And Rainin´ - Modern 901, Ace CD799
Cool Little Car - Modern 942, Ace LP 37, Ace CDCHM 530
Lookin´ For A Woman (dbl track) - Modern 978, Crown LP 5295, Mainstrean CD MDCD 903, Ace CDCHM 530
Note: Double-track voice on last track - although Mainstream CD has the original unedited master.
Bihari - Siracuse productions, June 26, 1953
w. Boogie Woogie Red,pno; Eddie Kirkland,gtr; Tom Whitehead,dms
Love Money Can´t Buy - Modern 908, Ace CD 799, Virgin CD 82741
Please Take Me Back - Modern 908, Ace CDCHD 315
Henry Stone session, prob. Cincinnati (or poss Miami), July 1953
w. Eddie Kirkland,gtr-1 (and sec.vcl-2)
Please Say You' re Mine (GR 15117) - unissued (poss. not Hooker)
My Baby Don´t Love Me (15118) - DeLuxe 6046, Atco LP 151, Collectables CD 2877
Blue Monday (I Ain´t Got Nobody*) -1 (15119) - DeLuxe 6004, Rockin 524, Chart 614*, Atlantic LP 7228,
Collectables CD 2877*
Misbelieving Baby (My Baby Put Me Down*) (15120) - Chart 614, Atlantic LP 7228*
Love My Baby (aoa) (15121) - Atco LP 151
Wobbling Baby -1 (15122) - Chart 609, Atlantic LP 7228
Pouring Down Rain (Wobblin´ Baby*) -1 (aoa) (15123) - DeLuxe 6032, Rockin 525, Atco LP 151*
Goin´ South (15124) - Chart 609, Atlantic LP 7228
Real, Real Gone (aoa) (15125) - DeLuxe 6046, Atco LP 151, Collectables CD 2877
Lovin´ Guitar Man (Guitar Lovin´ Man*) -1/2 (15126) - DeLuxe 6004, Rockin 524, Atco LP 151*, Collectables CD 2877
Stuttering Blues (Stutterin' Blues*) (15127) - DeLuxe 6032, Rockin 525, Atco LP 151, Collectables CD 2877*, SFBox
Hook´s Boogie (I Ain´t Got Nobody*) (A 5626) - Atco LP 151*
Sleepy Blues (Misbelieving Baby*) (A 5627) - Atco LP 151*
Note: DeLuxe matrix prefix GR-, Chart-prefix C-. Last two tracks are instrumentals most certainly recorded in 1961. All 12 tracks above issued on Atco CD 7567-82365-2 (Don't Turn Me From Your Door). Collectables COL CD 2877 (I'm The Boogie Man), which has 15 of the 16 Texas Slim recordings, also has the three DeLuxe recordings from below plus the tracks listed above.
Bihari - Siracuse productions, poss. August 1953
w. Eddie Kirkland,gtr
Too Much Boogie - Modern 916, Ace CDCHD 315
Need Somebody - Modern 916, Ace CDCHD 315, #
Battle recordings, September 1953
w. Eddie Kirkland,gtr
I Came To See You Baby (GV-2-113) - DeLuxe 6009, CD COL2877
I´m A Boogie Man (I'm The Boogie Man*) (GV-2-114) - DeLuxe 6009, CD COL2877*
My Baby Left Me (GV-2-115) - originally unissued, CD COL2877, Varèse Sarabande CD 301066597-2
Note: Last track only issued on Collectables and Varèse Sarabande. Varèse (I'm A Boogie Man) has all the original 16 Texas Slim recordings plus the three recordings above. Last track not on Body & Soul.
Bihari - Siracuse productions, late 1953
w. Eddie Kirkland,gtr
Down Child - Modern 923, Crown LP 5295, Mainstream CD MDCD 903, Ace CDCHD 315, SFBox, #
Gotta Boogie (Gonna Boogie*) - Modern 923, Crown LP 5295*, Mainstream CD MDCD 903*, Ace CDCHD 315
Bad Boy - Modern 942, Crown LP 5295, Mainstream CD MDCD 903, Ace CDCHD 315, #
Note: Louisiana Red reported to be present on "Down Child" according to (early) Les Fancourt. "Boogie Woogie All Night Long" on Crown LP 5232 is by Louisiana Red (calling himself Rockin' Red on that track).
Bihari - Siracuse productions, February 6, 1954
w. Eddie Kirkland,gtr -1
I Wonder Little Darling - Modern 931, Ace CDCHM 530
Jump Me (One More Time) -1 - Modern 931, Ace CDCHD 315, Ace CDCHM 530
Johnny Vincent session (Esquire Rec. Studios) - Specialty, May 12/13, 1954
w. Johnny Hooks,tens; John Griffith,pno; Theophilus Roosevelt,b; Tom Whitehead,dms
I´m Mad - Specialty 528, SPCD 7035
I Been Done So Wrong (tk 1) - Specialty LP 5013
I Been Done So Wrong (tk 2) - PeaVine (J) PCD1854/55
I Been Done So Wrong (aoa) - Specialty SPCD 7035
Boogie Rambler - Specialty SPCD 7035, SFBox
I Keep The Blues - Specialty SPCD 7035
No More Doggin´ aka No More Foolin´ - Specialty SPCD 7035
I Do Like I Please - Specialty LP 5013 (not on Specialty CD, only on Body&Soul)
w. Tom Whitehead,dms
Anybody´s Blues (I Love You Baby) - Specialty SPCD 7035
Everybody´s Blues - Specialty 528, LP 5013, SPCD 7035
Locked Up In Jail (aka Prison Blues) - Specialty LP 5013, SPCD 7035
Note: The two alternates not on Body & Soul.
Siracuse session (United Sound Studios) - Specialty, October 18, 1954
Don´t Trust Nobody (I Had A Good Girl*) - Specialty LP 2117, Ace LP 232*, Specialty SPCD 7035
Nothin´ But Trouble* (Don´t Take Your Wife´s Family In) - Specialty LP 2149*, SPCD 7035
I Need Love So Bad - Specialty LP 2149, SPCD 7035
Odds Against Me (aka Backbiters and Syndicaters) - Specialty LP 5013, SPCD 7035
Bihari recordings, late 1954
w. Eddie Kirkland,gtr;leadgtr-1
Half A Stranger - Modern 948, Crown LP 5295, Mainstream CD MDCD 903, Ace CD 799
Baby, You Ain´t No Good (Baby, You Ain´t No Ugly Good*) - Crown LP 5295, Mainstream CD MDCD 903,
Ace CD 799, Audio Fidelity CD AFZ005*, SFBox
Baby I´m Gonna Miss You - Crown LP 5295, Kent LP 5025, Mainstream CD MDCD 903
You Receive Me -1 - Modern 958, Ace CD 799
Bihari recordings, prob. late 1954
w. Otis Finch,tens; Bob Thurman or John Griffith,pno; Eddie Kirkland,gtr;leadgtr-1;
prob. unknown bs; Tom Whitehead,dms. Add on -2: Johnny Hooks,tens plus prob. unknown baritone sax
Shake, Holler And Run (aka Shake Holler & Run) -2 - Modern 948, Crown LP 5295, Mainstream MDCD903
I Need Love So Bad - Crown LP 5353, Kent LP 5025
Taxi Driver -1 - Modern 958, Ace CD 799
I´m Ready - Modern 978, Ace CD 799, Virgin CD 82741, SFBox
Note: Above titles prob rec. at more than one session. "Shake Holler And Run" listed on Body & Soul but instead "Boogie Chillen'" appears on early pressings. "Shake, Holler And Run" appears on the French "public-domain! CD of 2009, "From Detroit to Chicago 1954-1958" (Sagablues 46 - 532 122-3) together with "Taxi Driver", "Hug And Squeeze You" and "I'm Ready" (the last four Modern A-sides) plus the JVB single 30 and the first eight Vee-Jay singles (22 tracks total).
Fortune recordings, ca 1954
w. Johnny Hooks,tensax -1, poss. James Watkins,pno; poss. Curtis Foster,dms
609 Boogie - Fortune 846, HiQ 5018X (Body & Soul Vol 3)
w. Jimmy Miller,tpt; Johnny Hooks,tens; Bob Thurman,pno; Tom Whitehead,dms
Big Fine Woman - HiQ 5018, Elmor 303, Fortune LP 3002, Chess MCD 09391, DIG
Cry Baby (Cry Baby Cry*) - Fortune 853, Chess MCD 09391*, DIG
Love You Baby (Tell Me, Baby*) - Fortune 853, Chess MCD 09391*, DIG
Blues For Christmas - HiQ 5018, Elmor 303, Chess MCD 09391 check this
Note: Last four not on Body & Soul. “Big Fine Woman” unedited on Chess. “609 Boogie” may be of an earlier date; and was reissued as flip of some Hi-Q 5018 “Blues For Christmas” releases (see Singles Discography).
Battle recordings, ca May, 1955
w. Jimmy Miller,tpt; Johnny Hooks,tens; Joe Woods,pno;Tom Whitehead,dms
Boogie Rambler - JVB 30, KK LP 200, DIG
No More Doggin´ - JVB 30, KK LP 200
Bihari recordings, prob. early 1955
w. Otis Finch,tens; Bob Thurman,pno; unknown,b; Tom Whitehead,dms
Hug And Squeeze (Hug And Squeeze You* or Hug & Squeeze**) - Modern 966, Crown LP 5232*,
Mainstream CD MDCD 903**, Ace CD 799, Virgin CD 82741
I Love You Baby (I Love Ya Baby*) (aoa) - Crown LP 5232, Mainstream CD MDCD 903*
The Syndicator (The Syndicate* aka Backbiters And Syndicators) - Modern 966, Crown LP 5232*,
Kent LP 5025, Mainstream CD MDCD 903, Virgin CD 82741
Tracks and reviews of the Body & Soul CDs
I´m John Lee Hooker - On Vee-Jay
October 19, 1955
w. Jimmy Reed,hca; Eddie Taylor,gtr; George Washington,b; Tom Whitehead,dms
Unfriendly Woman (aka Stop Now) (336) - VJ 265, DJM LP 28026, Charly CDGR281, Te
Wheel And Deal (337) - TopRank EP 136, DJM LP 28026
Mambo Chillun (338) - VJ 164, DJM LP 28026
Time Is Marching (339) - VJ 164, LP 1007, LP 8502, Properbox111, Te, DIG
March 27, 1956
w. Taylor, Washington, Whitehead
I´m So Worried Baby (443) - VJ 233, VJCD 713, Charly CDGR176 (not on RED 6)
I´m So Worried Baby (aoa) - DJM LP 28026, VJ Japan Box, CDGR281, Te
Baby Lee (444) - VJ 205, LP 1007, Te, DIG
Dimples (445) - VJ 205, LP 1007, LP 1049, Trip 169, Chameleon LP 74794, Te, DIG, SFBox
Every Night (446) - VJ 188, LP 1007, Te, DIG, SFBox
The Road Is So Rough (aka When I Started Hoboing) (447) - VJ 233, TopRank EP 136, DJM LP 28026, Te
Trouble Blues (448) - VJ 188, DJM LP 28026, Charly CDGR281, Te
Note: There are two alternates of "Dimples" listed (a piano and an instrumental version) on a JLH 22 track bootleg CD on Members Edition issued in 2002.
June 7, 1956
w. Otis Finch,tens; plus unknown pno; Taylor, Washington, Whitehead
Done Got Tired (479) - unissued
Stop Talking (480) - DJM LP 28026
Time And A Half (481) - unissued
Lonely Blues (482) - unissued
March 1, 1957
w. Taylor, Quinn Wilson,b; Whitehead
Everybody Rockin´ (633) - TopRank EP 136, DJM LP 28026, Te
I´m So Excited (634) - VJ 245, LP 1007, Te, DIG, SFBox
I See You When You´re Weak (635) - VJ 245, VeeJay CD 713, Charly CDGR176 (not on RED 6)
I See You When You´re Weak (aka I Can See You When You're Weak) (aoa) - DJM LP 28026, VJ Japan Box,
Crawlin´ Black Spider (aka Mean Old Snake) (636) - TopRank EP 136, DJM LP 28026, Te
June 23, 1957
w. Frankie Bradford,pno; Taylor,gtr; Everett McCrary,b; Richard Johnson,dms
Little Wheel (717) - VJ 255, LP 1007, LP 1049, Te
Little Fine Woman (718) - DJM LP 28026, Te
Rosie Mae (aka Nothing But Trouble) (719) - VJ 255, DJM LP 28026, Te
You Can Lead Me Baby (aka Lead Me On) (720) - VJ 265, DJM LP 28026, Charly CDGR281, Te
"rehearsal" session for Vee-Jay June 10, 1958 (no master numbers)
w. Everett McCrary,b; Richard Johnson,dms
Mama, You´ve Got A Daughter (Mama You Got A Daughter*) (compl alt) - DJM LP 28026, Chameleon LP 74794*
(wrongly listed as master 929 on RED 6)
Nightmare - Charly LP 1029, Chameleon LP 74794, Charly CDGR284, Te
House Rent Boogie - Charly LP 1004, Chameleon LP 74794, Te
Trying To Find A Woman - Charly CD RED 6
Drive Me Away - Charly LP 1029, CDGR284, Te
I´m Goin´ Home (I'm Going Home*) - Instant LP 5009
Love Me All The Time - Charly LP 1029, CDGR284
Lou Della - Instant LP 5009
Bundle Up And Go - Charly CD RED 6, CDGR284
Wrong Doin´ Woman - Charly LP 1029
Note: All ten tracks issued on The Devil's Tunes LP/CD002 with two bonus tracks from below on CD (with track credits as on *).
Les Fancourt lists the above as recorded circa 1959/60.
June 10, 1958
w. Joe (Edward) Hunter or poss. Bob Porter, pno; Taylor, McCrary, Johnson
I Love You Honey (927) - VJ 293, LP 1007, Te, DIG, SFBox
You´ve Taken My Woman (928) - VJ 293, DJM LP 28026, Te
Mama You Got A Daughter (929) - VJ CD 713, (not RED 6), Charly CDGR176, Te, DIG
I´m Gonna Love You (930) - unissued
Note: 22 original tracks (with the single versions of the alternates; and none of the rehearsal tracks) of the above issued on Vee-Jay CD NVD2-713 in 1993.
January 22, 1959
w. Eddie Taylor,gtr-1; Earl Phillips,dms-2
Maudie -1,2 (1067) - VJ 308, LP 1007, Te
Tennessee Blues -1,2 (1068) - VJ 319, Charly LP 1029
I´m In The Mood -1 (1069) - VJ 308, LP 1007, LP 1049, Trip 167, Te, DIG
Boogie Chillun (1070) - VJ 319, LP 1007, LP 1049, Trip 167, Chameleon LP 74794, Te, DIG
Hobo Blues (1071) - VJ 331, LP 1007, LP 1049, Te, DIG
Crawlin Kingsnake (Crawlin´ King Snake* or Crawlin' Kingsnake** ) (1072) - VJ 331, LP 1007*, LP 1049**,
LP 8502*, Chameleon LP 74794**, Te**, DIG**
March 1, 1960 (prob. Al Smith, producer)
w. William "Lefty" Bates,gtr; Sylvester Hickman,b; Jimmy Turner,dms
I Wanna Walk (aka I Want To Walk) (1373) - VJ LP 1023, Chameleon LP 74794
Canal Street Blues (1374) - VJ LP 1023
I´ll Know Tonight (1375) - VJ LP 1023
I Can´t Believe (1376) - VJ LP 1023, Te
Goin´ To California (1377) - VJ LP 1023
Whiskey And Wimmen (Whiskey & Women*) (1378) - VJ LP 1023, LP 1049, LP 8502, Oldies45 2451,
Chameleon LP 74794*, Te, SFBox Note: some later issues have a slightly longer ending.
Run On (1379) - VJ LP 1023
Solid Sender (1380) - VJ 349, LP 1023, Te
Sunny Land (aka Notoriety Woman) (1381) - VJ LP 1023, Te
Dusty Road (1382) - VJ 366, LP 1023, LP 1049, Te, DIG
I´m A Stranger (1383) - VJ LP 1023, Te
No Shoes (1384) - VJ 349, LP 1023, LP 1049, Chameleon LP 74794, Te, DIG, SFBox
Note: VJLP 1023 issued in stereo with SR-prefix.
The Folk Lore of JLH - The World's Greatest
Purchased from Prestige, rec. NYC April 29, 1960; remastered by Vee-Jay in 1961
Sally Mae (aka Sadie Mae*) - Charly LP 1029, LP 1081*, Te
I Like To See You Walk - VJ LP 1033
Take Me As I Am - VJ 397, LP 1033
You´re Looking Good Tonight - VJ LP 1033
Moanin´ Blues - Charly LP 1029, DIG, Charly CDGR300, Te
Wednesday Evening Blues - VJ LP 1033, LP 8502, Te
You´re Gonna Miss Me When I´m Gone - Charly LP 1029, CDGR300
Dirty Ground Hog - Instant LP 5009, Charly CDGR300, Te
Blues Walkin' (aka untited instrumental) - unissued
Five Long Years - VJ LP 1033, Te
My First Wife Left Me - VJ LP 1033, Te, DIG
She Loves My Best Friend - Charly CD RED Box 6
Come And Ride With Me (aka Automobile Blues) - unissued
My Heart´s In Misery (aka My Heart In Memory) - unissued
Note: There is an acetate on United Artists Music Group, featuring the unissued tracksplus Sallie Mae (not identical to above).
Info on the unissued and audio samples, ctsy Scot Pell:
unissued Prestige acetates
Purchased from Vanguard, rec. Newport, June 25, 1960
w. Bill Lee,b
The Hobo (Hobo Blues* aka Dusty Road) - VJ LP 1033, Vanguard LP 2087*, Vanguard CD 79703*
Maudie - Vanguard LP 2087, VJ LP 8502, Vanguard CD 79703, Charly CDGR300
Tupelo (aka Backwater Blues) - VJ 366, LP 1033, LP 1049, Vanguard LP 2087, Te
Bootleg recordings, live Newport, July 3, 1960
w. the Muddy Waters band: James Cotton,hca; Otis Spann,pno, Pat Hare,gtr;
Andrew Stephens,b; Francis Clay,dms (audiovideo)
My Own Fault - Charly DIG 5
Maudie - Charly DIG 5
I Wanna Walk - Charly DIG 5
Tupelo - Charly DIG 5
I Wish You Were Here - Charly DIG 5
Note: Above not on Charly CD RED Box 6.
Detroit, ca July, 1960 (Fortune Records)
Vernon "Boogie Woogie Red" Harrison,pno; Little Eddie Kirkland or poss. Roy Hooker?,gtr;
Crazy About That Walk - Fortune 855, Charly GR176, DIG 5
We´re All God´s Chillun - Fortune 855, Charly GR176, DIG 5, SFBox
Have Mercy On Poor Me - Fortune LP 3012, Charly DIG 5
Note: Above not on Charly CD RED Box 6.
Hooker only vcl/gtr
I'm Mad Again - unissued
January 4, 1961
w. William "Lefty" Bates,hca-1/gtr; Quinn Wilson,b; Earl Phillips,dms; poss. Pops Staples,gtr.
Want Ad Blues (1715) - VJ 397, LP 1033, LP 8502, Chameleon LP 74794, Te, DIG
Will The Circle Be Unbroken (1716) - Dynasty DST 4501, LP 7301
I´m Going Upstairs (1717) - VJ 379, LP 1033, Te, SFBox
I Left My Baby -1 (1718) - Charly LP 1081
Hard Headed Woman -1 (1719) - VJ LP 1033
I´m Mad Again (1720) - VJ 379, LP 1033, Te, DIG
Note: Jimmy Reed definately not on any of the above (Hooker sings "blow Lefty blow" on 1718).
Late, 1961 (ca December)
w. Joe (Edward) Hunter,pno; Hank (Henry) Cosby,tens; Andrew "Mike" Terry,bars;
Larry Veeder,gtr; James Jamerson,b; Benny Benjamin,dms
Process (2201) - VJ LP 1043, Collectables CD COL7107, Te
(above track listed on LP 8502 but does only appear on later reissues)
Thelma (2202) - VJ LP 1043
What Do You Say (2203) - VJ LP 1043
Boom Boom (2204) - VJ 438, LP 1043, LP 1049, LP 8502, Trip 168, Oldies45 2451, Chameleon LP 74794, Te, DIG, SFBox
Blues Before Sunrise (2205) - VJ LP 1043, LP 8502, Te
Lost A Good Girl (2206) (I Lost A Good Girl -RED 6) - VJ LP 1043
She´s Mine (Keep Your Hands To Yourself*) (2207) - VJ 453, LP 1043*, SFBox
Keep Your Hands To Yourself (slightly aoa) - VJ SRLP 1043, Charly CD GR298
I Got A Letter (I Got A Letter This Morning - RED 6) (2208) - VJ LP 1043, Te
A New Leaf (aka 1962 Blues) (2209) - VJ 453, LP 1043
Let´s Make It (2210) - VJ LP 1043, Chameleon LP 74794, Te
Drug Store Woman (2211) - VJ 438, LP 1043, LP 1049, Trip 168, Te, DIG
Note: VJLP 1043 issued in stereo with SR-prefix in 1967. Both a mono version and the slightly alternate stereo version of "She's Mine" exist on the Japan Vee-Jay Box.
The Big Soul of JLH - On Campus
c:a early, 1962
w. accomp as above
Old Time Shimmy (2651) - VJ LP 1058, Charly CDGR298
Onions (2652) - VJ LP 1058, Charly CDGR298
You Know I Love You (2653) - VJ LP 1058, Charly CDGR298
Send Me Your Pillow (2654) - VJ 575, LP 1058, DIG, Charly CDGR298, Te
poss. January 28, 1962
w. Joe (Edward) Hunter, pno/org; Hank Cosby,tens, unknown tpt; plus accomp. similar to above; and
Mary Wilson plus The Andantes,vcls (feat. Jackie Hicks, Marlene Barrow and Louvain Demps)
Big Soul (2798) - VJ LP 1058
Frisco Blues (San Francisco* or Frisco**) (2799) - VJ 493 (on later pressings),
LP 1058*, Trip 169, Chameleon LP 74794**, SFBox
She Shot Me Down (aka Boom Boom Boom) (2800) - VJ LP 1058
Take A Look At Yourself (2801) - VJ 493, LP 1058, Charly CDGR298, Te
Good Rockin´ Mama (2802) - VJ LP 1058, Chameleon LP 74794
I Love Her (2803) - VJ 493 (on early pressings), VJ LP 1058
No One Told Me (2804) - VJ LP 1058
Don´t Look Back (3104) - unissued (listed on Charly CD RED 6 box, but does not appear)
I Had A Friend (3105) - unissued
One Way Ticket (3106) - VJ LP 1066, Te, DIG
Half A Stranger (3107) - VJ LP 1066, Te, DIG
Bottle Up And Go (3108) - VJ LP 1066
My Grinding Mill (3109) - VJ LP 1066
I Want To Ramble (3110) - VJ LP 1066
Sadie Mae (3111) - Charly CD RED 6 (listed on Charly LP 1081, but does not appear)
This Is Hip (3112) - Charly LP 1004, Te, DIG
w. accomp. similar to "Frisco"-session, although poss. Martha Reeves & the Vandellas,vcls
and Memphis Slim,pno.
Poor Me (3306) - VJ LP 1066
I Want To Shout (3307) - VJ LP 1066
Love Is A Burning Thing (3308) - VJ LP 1066
I Want To Hug You (3309) - VJ LP 1066
I´m Leaving (3310) (I´m Leaving Baby* -RED 6) - VJ 538, LP 1066, Oldies45 324, Te*
Birmingham Blues (3311) - VJ 538, LP 1066, Oldies45 324, Te, DIG, SFBox
Don´t Look Back (3312) - VJ 575, LP 1066, Te, DIG
Note: Mono edition of last track on Charly CD Vee-Jay RED 6 box plus stereo version.
At Concert - In Person
Sir John Lee Hooker´s Album Sessions The Sixties: Coast-To-Coast
|The Country Blues of JLH
How Long Blues
She´s Long She´s Tall She
Weeps Like A Willow Tree
Pea Vine Special
I´m Prison Bound
I Rowed A Little Boat
Church Bell Tone
Bundle Up And Go
Good Mornin´ Lil´ School Girl
Behind The Plow
Note: recorded at same session as "Burning Hell".
|Sittin´ Here Thinkin´
When My Wife Quit Me
I Bought You A Brand New Home
I Believe I´ll Lose My Mind
My Cryin´ Days Are Over
Sittin´ Here Thinkin´
How Many More Years
Sad And Lonesome
Can´t You See What
You´re Doin´ To Me
Note: First track originally not on Muse LP but on Savoy LP 1600 - later added as bonus.
|Lost My Job
Ballad To Abraham Lincoln
(He Got Assassinated aka Blues For Abraham Lincoln)
Mojo Hand (Risin´Sun/Louisiana Voo Doo aka Louisana Blues For You)
(I) Lost My Job (Tell You A Story)
Deep Down In My Heart
(How Long Can This Go On)
(We) Might As Well Say We´re Through
Left My Wife And Baby
(The Widing Highway)
Travelin´ Day And Night (She Quit Me)
Shake It Up And Go (Johnny Lee And The Thing aka You Gotta Shake It)
Fire At Natchez
(The Great Disaster of 1936)
The Sweetest Girl I Know
Mad With You Baby
(I´m Gonna Whip Ya Baby)
My Mother in Law Moved In
(Troubles In My Home)
Note: retitlings as later Besman reissues.
|Henry Stone prod. 1961
You Lost A Good Man
Don´t Turn Me (Away) From Your Door
Talk About Your Baby
Teachin´ the Blues
Stand By Me Baby (I Need You)
(Baby) Please Don´t Go
Two White Horses
Talkin´ ´Bout My Baby
Goin´ To Louisiana
My Love Comes Down For You
I Just Don´t Know
Slow And Easy
Feel So Bad
(the last track may be from a later session and features Alaimo vcl/gtr
- all others Hooker gtr and unkn bassguitar)
Note: First 4 tracks Atco, the remaning issued on GuestStar, Storyville and Stax. Two extra instrumentals are listed in the Detroit disocgraphy, although they prob. were made at this session.
... and then came "Hooker ´n Heat", "Endless Boogie" and all them other things - see below!
Hooker´s Session details from 1970 - on
are not included on this web site, but here are
the original albums 1970 - 2003
|Hooker ´N Heat - Liberty
2LP 35002 (rec L.A. May, 1970) (reissued on Rhino 2LP RNDA 71105 as
"Infinite Boogie") check
Endless Boogie - ABC 2LP 720 (rec S.F. November 10-12, 1970) check details
Kabuki Wuki - Bluesway LP 6052 (rec live S.F. August 14, 1971) - reissued on BGO CD 1129 in 2013 c/w ABC 768
Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive - ABC LP 736 (rec S.F. September 28-29, 1971) tracks | details
Live at Soledad Prison - ABC LP 761 (rec Calif., June 11, 1972)
Born In Mississippi, Raised Up in Tennessee - ABC LP 768 (rec as LP 736 w. overdubs March 5-7, 1973) tracks
- reissued on BGO CD 1129 c/w Bluesway 6052
Free Beer And Chicken - ABC LP 838 (rec May 14-23, 1974) correct details | details
Alone Volume 1 - Labor LP 4 (aka "Solo") (rec Hunter College, N.Y.C. February 6, 1976)
(reissued together with the next as "Alone" on Tomato 2LP 2696601) check details
Alone - Live in New York Vol Two - MMG LP 64005 (rec as above) check details
Live + Well (in Cologne, Germany) - Ornament LP CH 7.104 (rec Cologne, June 18. 1976)
(reissued on bootleg CD as "JLH & The Coast To Coast Blues Band"), featuring Jim Kahr, gtr)
Cream - Tomato 2LP 7009 (rec Palo Alto, Calif. September, 1977) check details
Albert King/John Lee Hooker: Live - Tomato CD 96142 (rec Chicago, October, 1977)
Live in 1978 (at 1978 Telluride Blues and Jazz Festival) - Lunar2 L2S LP 2008 (rec Colorado, August 26, 1978)
(reissued on JSP LP 1059 as "Hookered On Blues") .. and reissued on JSP CD in 2001
as "The Real Blues - John Lee Hooker Live in Houston 1979"
Canned Heat and John Lee Hooker - Live at the Fox Venice Theatre - Rhino LP 801 (3 tracks) (rec Calif. 1981)
Hank Williams Jnr Live: Major Moves - Warner Bros LP 25088 (Hooker 5 tracks) (rec Nashville, 1984)
Jealous - Pausa LP 7197 (reissued on Virgin/Pointblank CD in 1996)
(rec Vancouver, Canada, 1982 plus "We´ll Meet Again" Redwood City, Calif. 1986)
The Healer - Chameleon LP 74808 (also on Silvertone ORE LP 508 and CD and reissued on Audio Fidelity)
(rec at Russian Hill Studios, S.F. Calif. & at Plant, Sausolito and Len Heywood Studios, L.A.
several sessions incl. January 2, 1987; October, 1987 and April/May, 1988)
The Hot Spot (soundtrack) - Antilles CD 8752 (also on CD 261140) (rec Hollywood May 7-10, 1990)
Mr. Lucky - Virgin/Pointblank CD / Silvertone ORE CD 519 (rec betw April, 1990 & January-May, 1991)
reissued on Classic Records 24/96 DAD DAD 107 (not playable on CD)
The Best of John Lee Hooker 1965 to 1974 - MCA MCAD-10539 (the best compilation of late recordings)
Boom Boom - Virgin/Pointblank CDVPBCD 12 (rec betw 1990 and August, 1992)
It´s A Sin To Be Rich - w. Lightnin´ Hopkins - Gitanez Jazz (rec Los Angeles, May 1972 by Ed Michel)
Chill Out - Virgin/Pointblank VPBCD 22 (rec betw April 1991 and July 1993 plus prob. 1995)
Don´t Look Back - Virgin/Pointblank VPBCD 39 (rec betw April and September 1996 and poss. 1997)
The Best Of Friends - Virgin/Pointblank VPBCD 49 (rec between October 1987 and June 1998)
Face To Face - Eagle ER 20023-2 (EAGCD 265) (rec between 1987 and 2001)
| The Virgin/Pointblank albums | track details |
The two volumes of "Alone" (Tomato CDs).
.. click below and you´ll find the contents of all the original albums!
Jarlvik´s Super Hooker Disco | the CDs | vinyl LPs |
The JLH CD results of the New Rose Sessions
1982 - 2001
John Lee Hooker's Rosebud session discography
|The Bootleg Live Recordings of later years
Hard Times (recorded 1973) - CarltonSound CD 30360 00962 (issued in 1997); also on
Bluesman - Collector's Edition - Fuel2000 (3CD - unkn. cat.no)
Black Night Is Falling (recorded 1977) - Just A Memory (issued June, 2004)
In Chicago 1976 - unkn label - (Budweiser Sunday Night, Chicago Radio)
In Montreux 1983 - unkn label - (recorded July 15, 1983 with Willie Dixon, John Hammond, Luther Allison)
John Lee Hooker Alive (Arkansas River Blues Festival 1988)
Tulsa Hook - unkn label - (May 4, 1984 in Tulsa, Oklahoma - issued in 2000)
The Night of The Hook - PARA1060 (live Manchester, WY, USA April 30, 1986 with the Nighthawks)
The Montreux Album - The Swingin´ Pig TSP-CD-167 (July 11, 1990, feat Bowen Brown, dms)
Don´t Loose The Blues - MagicMushrooms MMR-CD 9303 (reissue of above)
Ride, Johnny Ride - Not Guilty Records NG360993 (feat Ry Cooder, Randy California, Bonnie Raitt, Booker T)
Mill Valley ´92 - The Swingin´ Pig TSP-CD-146 (June 1, 1992)
Hook Line And SInker - Blue Knight Records BKR 011 - from various gigs in USA-no dates given
- 15 tracks (thanks to Phil Wight)
check some bootlegs
And there is a DVD - prob not bootleg with Hooker in Montreal, Canada in 1980
JLH Live in Montreal, 1980 - DVD (recorded in 1980 in the Montreal Jazz Series)
Note: Hooker also did o lot of "cameo" recordings with several famous artists during the ´90s
and issued a couple of "single" CDs featuring tracks not on his albums.
Below you´ll find track listings on some of Hooker´s "rare" albums.
The Unknown John Lee Hooker
Flyright FLYCD 57 (Note: 1951 recordings; not 1949 ) reissued as
Jack O' Diamonds
Eagle EAGCD 279 (US CD 20024-2)
(last three tracks prob. a second session)
"John Lee Hooker - The Boogie Man"
(4-set CD Box digi-pac: Charly CD DIG 5) contents
Year of recording and original label after title (first listed valid).
CD 2: WALKIN´ THE BOOGIE
High Priced Woman (51 Chess)
Just Me And My Telephone
Walkin´ The Boogie (alt) (52 Chess)
I Don´t Want Your Money
Lonely Boy Boogie
Please Don´t Go
Worried Life Blues
Down At The Landing
Blues For Big Town (52 Fortune)
Boogie Rambler (53 JVB)
Big Fine Woman (54 Fortune)
Love You Baby
CD 3: BOOGIE CHILLUN
Time Is Marching (55 Vee-Jay)
Every Night (56)
Baby Lee (56)
I´m So Excited (57)
I Love You Honey (58)
Mama, You Got A Daughter (58 alt)
I´m In the Mood (59)
Boogie Chillun (59)
Hobo Blues (59)
Crawlin´ Kingsnake (59)
Dusty Road (60)
No Shoes (60)
My First Wife Left Me (60)
Moanin´ Blues (60)
My Own Fault (60 Newport w. band)
I Wanna Walk
I Wish You Were Here
"Trilogy" (3-set CD Box: Dressed to Kill 90) contents
Disc 1: featuring early, rare Detroit plus
alternate VeeJay and bootleg recordings
Disc 2: featuring classic Vee-Jay tracks
Disc 3: featuring classic Vee-Jay tracks
|ABC ABCD-838 (LP)
BeatGoesOn BGOCD 123 (CD)
Complete session details,
MAKE IT FUNKY
JOHN LEE HOOKER, vocal and guitar; GREG ADAMS, trumpet; MIC GILLETTE, trumpet and trombone; EMILIO CASTILLO and LENNY PICKETT, tenor saxophone; STEVE KUPKA, baritone saxophone [NOTE: this was the TOWER OF POWER horn section--Ed]; ROBERT HOOKER, Fender Rhodes electric piano; CHARLIE GRIMES and WA-WA WATSON [Melvin Ragin], guitar; CLIFFORD COULTER, Fender bass; KEN SWANK, drums; KENNETH NASH, balafon, conga drum, and griot bells.
Recorded May 23, 1974, at The Record Plant, Sausalito.
FIVE LONG YEARS
JOHN LEE HOOKER, vocal and guitar; JOE COCKER, vocal and tambourine; SAM RIVERS, flute; CLIFFORD COULTER, piano and Fender bass; JIM KAHN and WA-WA WATSON, guitar; RON BECK, drums.
Recorded May 15, 1974, at The Village Recorder, Los Angeles.
JOHN LEE HOOKER, guitar; SUGARCANE HARRIS, violins; CLIFFORD COULTER, Hohner Clavinet; HOWARD ROBERTS and HOLLYWOOD FATS, guitar; SKIP OLSON, Fender bass; KEN SWANK, drums; RON BECK, bass drum.
Recorded May 14, 1974, at The Village Recorder, Los Angeles.
JOHN LEE HOOKER, vocal and guitar; SUGARCANE HARRIS, violins; CLIFFORD COULTER, Hohner Clavinet; HOWARD ROBERTS and HOLLYWOOD FATS, guitar; SKIP OLSON, Fender bass; KEN SWANK, drums; RON BECK, bass drum.
Recorded May 14, 1974, at The Village Recorder, Los Angeles.
ONE BOURBON, ONE SCOTCH, ONE BEER
JOHN LEE HOOKER, vocal and guitar; CLIFFORD COULTER, Hohner Clavinet, Moog synthesizer, and Fender basses; HOLLYWOOD FATS and WA-WA WATSON, guitar; RON BECK, drums; KEN SWANK, bass drum; JOE COCKER, tambourine.
Recorded May 14, 1974, at The Village Recorder, Los Angeles.
JOHN LEE HOOKER, vocal and guitar; CLIFFORD COULTER, Moog and Arp synthesizers and Fender bass; HOWARD ROBERTS and WA-WA WATSON, guitar; RON BECK, drums. Arranged by WA-WA WATSON.
Recorded May 14, 1974, at The Village Recorder, Los Angeles.
JOHN LEE HOOKER, vocal and guitar; GREG ADAMS, trumpet; MIC GILLETTE, trumpet and trombone; EMILIO CASTILLO and LENNY PICKETT, tenor saxophone; STEVE KUPKA, baritone saxophone; CLIFFORD COULTER, Hohner Clavinet, Fender Rhodes electric piano, and Moog bass; HOLLYWOOD FATS and JIM KAHR, guitar; KEN SWANK, drums.
Recorded May 15, 1974, at The Village Recorder, Los Angeles.
SITTIN' ON TOP OF THE WORLD
JOHN LEE HOOKER, vocal and guitar; MICHAEL WHITE, electric violin; PETER BERG, coconut banjo; FATZ WESS, tom-tom and Moog synthesizers; KENNETH NASH, kalimba (thumb piano), balafon, Chinese hand cymbals, Ganquok bell, and shaker
Recorded May 22, 1974, at The Record Plant, Sausalito.
(You'll Never Amount to Anything if You
Don't Go to) COLLAGE (A Fortuitous Concatenation of Events)
a. I KNOW HOW TO ROCK
JOHN LEE HOOKER, vocal and guitar; MICHAEL WHITE, electric violin; ROBERT HOOKER, piano; CHARLIE GRIMES and JIM THORSON, guitar; SKIP OLSON, Fender bass; KEN SWANK, drums.
Recorded May 22, 1974, at The Record Plant, Sausalito.
b. NOTHIN' BUT THE BEST
JOHN LEE HOOKER, vocal and guitar; GREG ADAMS, trumpet; MIC GILLETTE, trumpet and trombone; EMILIO CASTILLO and LENNY PICKETT, tenor saxophone; STEVE KUPKA, baritone saxophone; ROBERT HOOKER, Hammond organ; CHARLIE GRIMES and LUTHER TUCKER, guitar; SKIP OLSON, Fender Bass; KEN SWANK, drums.
Recorded May 23, 1974, at The Record Plant, Sausalito.
c. THE SCRATCH
JOE COCKER, vocal; CLIFFORD COULTER, Fender Rhodes electric piano and Hohner Clavinet; HOLLYWOOD FATS and WA-WA WATSON, guitar; SKIP OLSON, Fender bass; KEN SWANK, drums.
Recorded May 15, 1974, at The Village Recorder, Los Angeles.
d. SALLY MAE
JOHN LEE HOOKER, vocal and guitar; GREG ADAMS, trumpet; MIC GILLETTE, trumpet and trombone; EMILIO CASTILLO and LENNY PICKETT, tenor saxophone; STEVE KUPKA, baritone saxophone; ROBERT HOOKER, Fender Rhodes electric piano; BOYD ALBRITTON, slide guitar; JIM CAROOMPAS, guitar; SKIP OLSON, bass; KEN SWANK, drums.
Recorded May 23, 1974, at The Record Plant, Sausalito.
(For the benefit of any remaining purists, there are no overdubs involved in any of the tracks heard in the COLLAGE. No other claims valid.)
Engineering by Baker Bigsby, with the assistance of Gil Fortis (Village Recorder), Tom Anderson (Record Plant), and Dominic Lumetta . All original sessions were recorded as indicated above, and subsequently sweetened at The Record Plant, Sausalito, and Regal - formerly Royal - Hidley Hall, Los Angeles. Mixed at Westlake Audio, Los Angeles.
Producer: ED MICHEL.
Complete John Lee Hooker
1948 - 1954 on Body & Soul
Order ´em at Roots & Rhythm
(plus 1955 - 1958 chronology)
|Body & Soul 3057012||The Complete John
Vol. 1 Detroit 1948-49
|Two CDs, 46 tracks, 146 mins, essential.
The first in what promises to be an extensive and invaluable series featuring all the
recordings by one of the all time great blues singers, in chronological order. This double
set features 46 tracks recorded between June 1948 and February 1949 including his #1
R&B hit Boogie Chillen´ and a whole lot more. Of these incredible tracks only
13 were originally issued on 78 - the rest have turned up over the years and were reissued
on various LPs. Although all these tracks have been reissued on LP some are making their
first appearance on CD and having them all together in chronological order is invaluable.
For pure intensity, no other blues artist can match John Lee Hooker at his best and the
recordings here feature him at his best with his foot pounding, his guitar rumbling
relentlessly and his voice full of overwhelming and, at times, threatening, emotion. His
repertoire was amazing - effortlessly shifting between traditional elements he no doubt
picked up when he was growing up in Mississippi to the rigors of urban life. And luckily
for us he would record for anyone who could come up with some money and the range of his
repertoire meant that he never repeated himself, even when he sang the same song - the two
alternate takes of Boogie Chillen´ are so different that they are given different
titles. The recordings here were primarily recorded for his early manager Elmer Barbee,
Detroit entrepreneur Joe Von Battle (who sold Hooker's masters to different labels using
pseudonyms like Birmingham Sam, Alabama Slim and Texas Slim) and record distributor
Bernard Besman who recorded him for Modern. Except for a few cuts with some bizarre piano
playing the rest is all Hooker alone with his guitar. Sound quality is generally excellent
and there are informative notes by Neil Slaven. I'm looking forward to the next half a
dozen volumes in this series! (Frank Scott) Tracks in alphabetic order:
Alberta/ Black Man Blues/ Boogie Awhile/ Boogie Chillen/ Boogie Woogie/ Christmas Time Blues/ Crawling King Snake/ Crazy 'bout That Woman/ Do The Boogie/ Down So Long/ Drifting From Door To Door/ Goin' Home Blues/ Goin' Mad Blues/ Good Business/ Grievin' Blues/ Helpless Blues/ Henry's Swing Club/ Hobo Blues/ Howlin' Wolf/ I Rule My Den/ Johnny Lee's Original Boogie/ Landing Blues/ Leavin' Chicago/ Like A Woman/ Long, Long Way From Home/ Low Down-midnight Boogie/ Mercy Blues/ Miss Pearl Boogie/ Morning Blues/ Poor Joe/ Poor Slim/ Poor Slim/ Rocks/ Sally Mae/ Sally Mae/ See, See Baby/ Shady Grove Blues/ Shake Your Bougie/ She Ain't Good For Nothin'/ She Was In Chicago/ Stomp Boogie/ Tuesday Evening/ Twister Blues/ War Is Over/ Wednesday Evening Blues/ Who's Been Jiving You
|Body & Soul 3063142||The Complete John
Vol. 2 Detroit 1949
|Two CDs, 46
tracks, 140 mins, essential. The second volume in what promises to be an essential series
covering the complete early recordings of John Lee Hooker features 46 tracks recorded in
1949. It includes tracks that were issued as 78s at the time as well as 19 sides not
originally issued. Because he was under contract to Modern at the time some of the
recordings were issued under pseudonyms - Little Pork Chops, Johnny Williams, Texas Slim
and a very thinly disguised John Lee Booker! It's mostly Hooker at his best, by himself,
accompanied by his intense electric guitar work. A few cuts feature the bizarre piano work
of James Watkins whose playing doesn't quite seem to jell with Hooker's music though he
was a regular member of Hooker's group at the time. One session of five songs features
some delightfully effective harmonica work by Eddie Burns including the powerful Burnin'
Hell. This set also includes the two sides issued on the tiny Danceland label as
Little Pork Chops that was unknown until about ten years ago. There is an eight track
session that was recorded for Joe Von Battle in 1949 and issued on King that includes some
of his most intense work including the ferocious Nightmare Blues/ Devil's Jump/ I'm
Gonna Kill That Woman and The Numbers - by comparison his subsequent session
for Modern seems almost sedate - I said "almost". A later session issued on
Chance is almost as intense with a version of Graveyard Blues where the violence in
the lyrics becomes almost palpable. Again, sound is generally very good and there are
informative notes by Neil Slaven. (Frank Scott) Tracks:
609 Boogie/ Black Cat Blues/ Build Myself A Cave/ Burnin' Hell/ Cotton Pickin' Boogie/ Curl My Baby's Hair (Miss Sadie Mae)/ Devil's Jump/ Don't Go Baby/ Forgive Me/ Graveyard Blues/ Graveyard Blues/ Grievin' Blues/ Hastings Street Boogie (alternate take)/ Heart Trouble Blues/ Highway Blues/ Hoogie Boogie/ I Had A Dream/ I Love To Boogie/ I Love To Boogie (alternate take)/ I'm Gonna Kill That Woman/ Late Last Night/ Low Down Boogie/ Miss Eloise/ Miss Lorraine/ Miss Rosie Mae/ Miss Rosie Mae/ Miss Sadie Mae/ Moaning Blues/ Momma Poppa Boogie/ Must I Wait Til Your Man Is Gone/ My Baby She's Long And Tall (alternate take)/ My Own Boogie (alternate take)/ Nightmare Blues/ Numbers, The/ Road Trouble/ Roll My Baby/ Sailin' Blues/ Slim's Stomp/ Snap Them Fingers Boogie (alternate take)/ Sometime/ Talkin' Boogie/ Wandering Blues/ Wayne Country Ramblin' Blues/ We Gonna Make Everything Alright/ Weeping Willow/ Whistlin' And Moanin'
|Body & Soul 3067872||The Complete John
Vol. 3 Detroit 1949-1950
|46 tracks, 131 mins, essential.
The third volume in this wonderful series features one side recorded in 1949 and 45 in
1950. One of the joys of having the recordings in (as best as can be determined)
chronological order is that one can trace the developments and changes in John's music
over the years. By the time of these recordings John had already had several big R&B
hits and was no doubt a bit more comfortable than when he first started and was settling
into being a professional musician. A few of the rough edges have gone and while this is
still truly powerful and intense music there is nothing here with quite the ferocity of
his earlier Graveyard Blues or I'm Gonna Kill That Woman. Most of the tracks
here were recorded in professional studios with a much better sound on John's voice,
guitar and pounding foot. John is a little more adventurous in his guitar playing with
more single string runs. He is also coming up with less original material - often
revamping previously recorded songs or doing his own very unique versions of older or
current blues favorites. I hope this doesn't sound like I'm complaining since the music
here is still consistently powerful, inventive and imaginative - it's just a bit more
polished than it had been. (Frank Scott). Tracks:
21 Boogie/ 609 Boogie/ Alberta - Part 2-/ Boogie Chillen 2/ Boogie Now/ Canal Street Blues/ Crying All Night/ Decoration Day Blues/ Do My Baby Think Of Me/ Don't You Remember Me/ Don't You Remember Me/ Give Me Your Phone Number/ Goin' On High Way 51/ Huckle Up Baby/ I Don't Be Welcome Here/ John L's House Rent Boogie/ Jump Chillun/ Let Your Daddy Ride/ Let Your Daddy Ride/ Lord What More Can I Do/ Mad Man Blues/ Moon Is Rising/ My Baby's Got Somethin'/ Never Satisfied/ No Friend Around/ No Mortgage On My Soul/ Notoriety Woman/ One More Time/ Playin' The Races/ Please Have Mercy/ Queen Bee/ Roll' N 'roll/ Rollin' Blues/ Sail On Little Girl/ She Let Me By Myself/ Strike Blues/ The Moon Above/ The Story Of A Married Woman/ Thinking Blues/ Three Long Years Today/ Throw This Old Dog A Bone/ Turnin' Gray Blues/ Wednesday Evening/ Welfare Blues/ Well I Got To Leave/ You Sure Look Good To Me
46 tracks, essential. The fourth volume in this great
series is now available featuring 46 tracks recorded by John Lee in 1950 and 1951. To the
great pleasure of blues fans many years later John Lee was willing to record for anyone
who had the money to pay him and the sides here recorded for Bernie Besman, Joe Von Battle
and others were released on a number of different labels and includes sides not originally
issued. The majority of the songs here are just John Lee, his guitar and stomping foot but
by April, 1951 there was a a second guitar added on some tracks - that of Eddie Kirkland
whose playing was some of the most sympathetic of Hooker's early years though, as always,
it is Hooker on his own that is the most compelling. Among the highlights here are several
different "takes" of the song Tease Me Baby based on a song by bluesman
Tony Hollins - as always a Hooker alternate is a very different performance and always
fabulous.(Frank Scott) Tracks:
Issued in January, 2004. The long awaited fifth volume in this series (again 46 tracks) presenting the complete recordings in chronological order of one of the greatest of all bluesmen. Two CDs covering John Lee's recordings from early 1952 to late 1953. Solo tracks as well as tracks with Eddie Kirkland, Bernie Besman, Johnny Hooks and others. (Frank Scott - slightly edited). This issue covers the period right after the success of "I'm In The Mood" starting with some lesser known late Besman tracks and covering the second Chess session plus the very first Joe Bihari-produced Detroit recordings of 1952 and 1953, and the very last Besman recordings of "It's My Own Fault" and "Blues For Big Town" (leased to Fortune and later to Chess). The are also couple of interesting Joe Von Battle recordings - the original versions of Hooker´s combo 'signature' "Booogie Rambler" and his first rendition of Roscoe Gordon's "No More Doggin' ". The set ends with two very fine lesser-known Modern tracks of early 1953. (Claus Röhnisch) Tracks in order of appearance:
Issued on January 31, 2005. The sixth volume in this series includes all of the last Hooker Detroit recordings (45 tracks - the four Fortune recordings of ca 1954 - see disco above - are not included). Many of these songs rare and of high quality - most with a full combo. Get it! It is the best of all six volumes in my opinion. Different moods all the way and includes around ten completely different sessions; and Hooker has turned into a mature blues professional. The Specialty recording of "I Do Like I Please" you'll find for the first time on CD. The CDs include the two Henry Stone instrumentals "Hook's Blues" and "Sleepy Blues" (titled "I Ain´t Got Nobody" and "Misbelieving Baby" on Atco). The CD-set lists the ten Henry Stone DeLuxe tracks as recorded in Miami. The original "Boogie Chillen'" appears instead of the listed "Shake Holler And Run" by mistake. When you've got all these six volumes you have all (except for a very few) recordings Hooker has done up to October 1955 (the last Modern recordings probably recorded in 1955 and Hooker made no more - except the Fortune tracks before his contract with Vee-Jay). Well - here you have an almost complete catalogue except for the "unknown" tracks of the recently issued "The Unknown" / "Jack O' Diamonds" CD of private 1951 recordings - originally thought to be recorded in 1949. (Claus Röhnisch). Of what I think of as the Four Seasons of John Lee Hooker (the "Firecracker" period; his sojourn at Vee Jay;"Free Beer & Endless Boogie" and his last flowering as "Mr. Lucky"), I lean towards this one as my favourite and Body & Soul have done me and those of a similar inclination proud..." (Keith Briggs, "Blues & Rhythm" magazine). Tracks:
If you wanna continue your chronological collection of Hooker
recordings - this is the next to get!
All Music Guide on John Lee Hooker
Endless Booogie - The never ending stream of Hooker CDs (bootlegs and not ...)
The classic Vee-Jay recordings have been issued on a uncountable numbers of labels ever since Vee-Jay went overboard in 1965.
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