No JOHN LEE HOOKER thread? Ever? Really??

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If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Wednesday, 30 January 2008 03:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

For a two-record supersession with guest stars like Steve Miller, Endless Boogie on ABC is surprisingly listenable. Contains his antidrug eulogy for Jimi & Janis, "Kick Hit 4 Hit Kix U."

Rev. Hoodoo, Wednesday, 30 January 2008 03:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang. My favorite blues musician, full stop. I could listen to him read the weather report.

Billy Pilgrim, Wednesday, 30 January 2008 03:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

Also seek out 1974's Free Beer & Chicken, his answer to Electric Mud, only funkier.

Rev. Hoodoo, Wednesday, 30 January 2008 03:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

o damn do want

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 30 January 2008 03:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

And then there are the obvious, no-shit classics (i.e., anything before 1966 or so, before he had much of a white audience) (even though "Boom Boom" was a minor pop hit in 1966).

Rev. Hoodoo, Wednesday, 30 January 2008 03:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

(ooh, mistake - "Boom Boom" was a minor pop hit for Hooker in 1962, sorry)

Rev. Hoodoo, Wednesday, 30 January 2008 03:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Revive! Can anyone recommend some Hooker LPs that are just him, as in, just guitar and vocals? I'm thinking of stuff like "My First Wife Left Me" and "Wednesday Evening Blues," where you can actually hear the tubes in the amps crackling and Hooker's vocals are intimate and close mic'd and eerie as all get out. Going shopping Monday, this is what I'm looking for first. Help?

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Saturday, 12 April 2008 20:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'd recommend 2-disc "The Complete Chess Recordings" from '98 -- fits your description. Very spooky.

Jake Brown, Saturday, 12 April 2008 20:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Can anyone recommend some Hooker LPs that are just him, as in, just guitar and vocals? "

"The Folk Lore of John Lee Hooker" is pretty much just him and guitar. It is a pretty kick ass record and has plenty of those slow deathly blues including 'When My First Wife Left Me' and 'Tupelo'. The latter of which pretty much half inventing some of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds' early sound.

A bunch of his early sides are just him like the original Boogie Chillen', but when you add in John Lee's stompin' foot, he almost sounds like a band.

The thing with John Lee Hooker is that he recorded for so many labels, his stuff is really spread out. It isn't like Howlin' Wolf or Muddy Waters where the primo stuff was all on the same label. I've found you have to kind of pair together some stuff to get a big overview of Hooker. The Rhino collections have some of the 40s stuff and the 60s stuff, but not the mid 50s Vee Jay singles a few of which are some his most marquee recordings.

For his singles, I've got the 2CD Rhino collection, a good British compilation on the Metro label called "The Definitive John Lee Hooker" which has the Vee Jay recordings and a comp on MCA covering some of the ABC and Chess recordings. Beyond this I got that Folklore record, which has more acoustic stuff and the Hooker 'n Heat record, which is pretty fun and Live at Soledad Prison/Cafe Au Go Go. It is all good.

earlnash, Saturday, 12 April 2008 23:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

Those are both good suggestions. I think I'll buy that Chess comp. But I'm also looking for the electric guitar stuff...I'm assuming there was a whole period of stuff like this?

Also - I always heard that JLH recorded under various pseudonyms for other labels - anyone know what these pseudonyms were and for what labels?

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Saturday, 12 April 2008 23:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

The Hall Of Fame 5 disc set I have is great. All stuff from the '50s and '60s, I prefer it greatly to his later stuff.

I picked it up new for $25 bucks, I don't know if this is the going price, though.

RabiesAngentleman, Sunday, 13 April 2008 01:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

Sorry, disc 1-3 cover 1948-49, 4 covers '50-52, and it doesn't tell me what's on 5 but Hooker is accompanied by a drummer and another guitar player and the recordings have a lot more fidelity. The rest he's all solo.

Something about this box has always struck me as sketchy.

RabiesAngentleman, Monday, 14 April 2008 06:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

this Free Chicken and Beer album is pretty hilariously good

Ayn Rand Akbar (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 7 November 2013 22:40 (four years ago) Permalink

the proper box is endless

j., Thursday, 7 November 2013 22:45 (four years ago) Permalink

I love this kind of shit, when old grimy blues guys dabble in funk (see also Electric Mud, Bo Diddley's 70s records, Howlin Wolf Doesn't Like His New Album)

Ayn Rand Akbar (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 8 November 2013 18:30 (four years ago) Permalink

Freddie King's "Goin' Down" another good example

Ayn Rand Akbar (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 8 November 2013 18:30 (four years ago) Permalink

Free Beer And Chicken is great. The only album I own by the man. What is the go to Bo Diddley album in this context?

Doran, Friday, 8 November 2013 19:20 (four years ago) Permalink

there's three he cut for Chess in the early 70s that are all in this vein - Black Gladiator, Another Dimension, and Where it All Began. I have a comp that collects tracks from all three but haven't heard any of them in full. Would probably go with Light in the Attic's reissue of Black Gladiator, which looks pretty nice.

a sample:

Ayn Rand Akbar (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 8 November 2013 19:27 (four years ago) Permalink

Cool. Thanks.

Doran, Friday, 8 November 2013 19:33 (four years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

John Lee Hooker - vocals, guitar
Barry Galbraith - guitar
Milt Hinton - bass
Panama Francis - drums
William Wells - trombone on "Money"
Billy Preston - piano on "It Serves You Right to Suffer"

j., Sunday, 23 February 2014 03:58 (four years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

I'd like to renew the request above: which recordings feature him solo on (dark & eerie) electric guitar? For example, I have in mind some of what he has on The Hot Spot soundtrack.

Pataphysician, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 17:18 (three weeks ago) Permalink

dunno but hooker N heat is one of the best barnstorming records ever

sweetheart of the Neo Geo (Ross), Tuesday, 25 September 2018 17:45 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I will reiterate that It Serves You Right to Suffer (in addition to being one of the greatest blues album titles ever) is fantastic

nothing springs to mind about strictly solo stuff though, sorry. his discography is such a mess mostly what I have is stuff from various comps.

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 18:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink

John Lee Hooker: Boom boom boom boom (guitar riff)
me: hm pretty good. What else you got
John Lee Hooker: Hau hau hau hau
me: Fuck this .

— wint (@dril) May 24, 2018

ciderpress, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 18:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I have not heard this whole album but in response to the thread-revive question

Οὖτις, Monday, 8 October 2018 20:00 (one week ago) Permalink

Two more versions of that same song, the second one contemporaneous with The Hot Spot (and with Booker T. on organ).

Pesto Mindset (Eazy), Monday, 8 October 2018 20:12 (one week ago) Permalink

Wow, that Free Beer and Chicken album is amazing. There's one track with Joe Cocker on guest vocals, and Sam Rivers on flute!

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 8 October 2018 20:19 (one week ago) Permalink

I know right? it's all over the place

Οὖτις, Monday, 8 October 2018 20:25 (one week ago) Permalink

I love It Serves You Right to Suffer so much

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Monday, 8 October 2018 20:52 (one week ago) Permalink

cosign, that's a bad ass record

he really goes in on the one chord thing, it's kinda meditative, droney, there's something really cool about it too, a lot of the moody stuff on ISYRTS reminds me of Dylan's "Highlands"

funny when he plays "Money" I could have sworn that song had more chord changes

niels, Thursday, 11 October 2018 16:59 (five days ago) Permalink

I remember reading years and years ago that early in his career Hooker had a real problem finding a drummer, because nobody could lock in with his idiosyncratic rhythm; that's why a lot of his records have him just stomping on a wooden box as percussion.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 11 October 2018 17:22 (five days ago) Permalink

funny when he plays "Money" I could have sworn that song had more chord changes

obviously what the song required was less chords and more trombone solos

Οὖτις, Thursday, 11 October 2018 19:17 (five days ago) Permalink

haha, indeed

niels, Friday, 12 October 2018 06:19 (four days ago) Permalink

Got to see him in the late 80s where a white guitar player was almost noodling through most of the set. & I don't think he was playing much guitar himself. Which sounds like sacrilege really.

Stevolende, Friday, 12 October 2018 16:03 (four days ago) Permalink

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