Documenting The Sensation Recordings 1948-1952 John Lee Hooker

£32.66

Genre:
Blues
Label:
Ace Records
Format:
CD
Catalogue Id:
JLHBOX 019

Ace acquired a lot of John Lee Hooker sides when we purchased the Sensation label from Bernard Besman. Bernie had also sold some sides to United Artists and to Greene Bottle before then. However, no-one has carried out a forensic investigation into exactly what we had bought, until now.

These three CDs contain all of the Besman John Lee Hooker sides gathered in one place for the first time. Also included is the Little Eddie Kirkland RPM single with John Lee Hooker on second guitar and vocal. There has been meticulous tape research for best sources, so the mastering far exceeds anything presented before, as anyone who has the ‘Boogie Chillen’’/‘Boogie Chillen’ #2’ 10-inch 78 we recently issued can attest. 19 different, previously unreleased versions of songs appeared in the research for the project, including extended takes and alternative versions.

The collection comes as a 3CD digipak box set. The accompanying booklet features an introductory note from Peter Guralnick, a comprehensive overview of the music from Dr Wayne Goins, Director of Jazz Studies at Kansas State University, and a sessionography covering all the tracks on the CDs.

These early Hooker recordings are akin to jazz as much as the blues, with an improvisatory feel, harking back to the pre-war era, but with a very distinct approach and a unique sound presaging the blues that was to come.

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Side 1

  • 01 Preview Sally Mae ((alt take of Modern 627 B 7003))

  • 02 Preview War Is Over (Goodbye California] ((extended take of Specialty LP SPS 2127 B6))

  • 03 Preview War Is Over (Goodbye California) ((alt take of Specialty LP SPS 2127 B6 - as Highway 51 on acetate bag))

  • 04 Preview War Is Over (Goodbye California) ((extended take of Greene Bottle LP 3130 as See See Baby on acetate bag))

  • 05 Preview Boogie Chillen'

  • 06 Preview Henry's Swing Club

  • 07 Preview Drifting From Door To Door

  • 08 Preview Hobo Blues ((alt take of UA LA 127-J3 as Long, Long Way From Home))

  • 09 Preview Numbers Blues (aka She Ain't Good For Nothin') ((alt take of Greene Bottle LP GBS 3130))

  • 10 Preview Alberta

  • 11 Preview Alberta ((alt take of Specialty LP SPS 2125 A6))

  • 12 Preview Howlin' Wolf ((as I'm A Howling Wolf on Crown LP 5353))

  • 13 Preview Crawlin' King Snake

  • 14 Preview Hoogie Boogie (Instrumental)

  • 15 Preview Hastings Street Boogie ((extended take of Specialty LP SPS 2127 B3 - as Desert Boogie on acetate bag))

  • 16 Preview Build Myself A Cave (aka the World Is in A Tangle) ((take #1))

  • 17 Preview Build Myself A Cave (aka the World Is in A Tangle] ((take #2))

  • 18 Preview Build Myself A Cave (aka the World Is in A Tangle] ((take #3))

  • 19 Preview Build Myself A Cave (aka the World Is in A Tangle) ((an intercut of takes 2 & 3 on Specialty LP SPS 2125 A4))

  • 20 Preview Graveyard Blues

  • 21 Preview Momma Poppa Boogie

  • 22 Preview Burnin' Hell

  • 23 Preview Sailing Blues (aka Drifting Blues)

  • 24 Preview Black Cat Blues

Side 2

  • 01 Preview Weeping Willow Boogie ((as Weeping Willow on Crown 5157))

  • 02 Preview Miss Sadie Mae

  • 03 Preview Sail On Little Girl

  • 04 Preview Alberta Part 2

  • 05 Preview Wednesday Evening ((as She Left Me On Bended Knee on Crown 5232))

  • 06 Preview Canal Street Blues

  • 07 Preview Huckle Up Baby

  • 08 Preview Let Your Daddy Ride

  • 09 Preview Goin' On Highway #51 ((as Goin' Down Highway 51 on Specialty LP SPS 2127))

  • 10 Preview My Baby's Got Somethin'

  • 11 Preview Boogie Chillen' #2 ((take 1 alt take of Sensation 34))

  • 12 Preview Boogie Chillen' #2 (Take 2)

  • 13 Preview Boogie Chillen' #2 ((take 4 alt take of Sensation 34 - extended take of Greene Bottle LP 3130 as Jump Chillun))

  • 14 Preview Boogie Chillen' #2 ([extended take of UA-LA 127-J3 as I Gotta Be Comin' Back))

  • 15 Preview Boogie Chillen' #2 (aka 21 Boogie) ([alt take of Sensation 34 B 8037, extended take of Specialty LP SPS 2127 as 21 Boogie))

  • 16 Preview Roll 'n' Roll ((alt take of Modern 767 B 8040))

  • 17 Preview Rollin' Blues

  • 18 Preview Three Long Years Today

  • 19 Preview Strike Blues ((extended take of Specialty LP SPS 2127 B5))

  • 20 Preview Do My Baby Think Of Me?

  • 21 Preview Give Me Your Phone Number ((alt take of Modern 767 B 8047))

  • 22 Preview The Story Of A Married Woman ((alt take of UA-LA 127-J3 D1))

  • 23 Preview Moon Is Rising ((alt take of UA-LA 127-J3 A4))

Side 3

  • 01 Preview John L's House Rent Boogie ((alt take of Modern 814 B 9001 as House Rent Boogie on CDCHD 799))

  • 02 Preview John L's House Rent Boogie ((alt take I/T of Modern 814 B 9001])

  • 03 Preview Queen Bee

  • 04 Preview Grinder Man

  • 05 Preview Walkin' This Highway

  • 06 Preview Women In My Life (aka Goin' Away Baby)

  • 07 Preview Tease Me Baby (aka Tease Me Over Baby) ((as Tease Your Daddy on Crown LP 5353))

  • 08 Preview I Need Lovin' aka Tease Me Over Baby ((alt take of Modern 829 MM 1561))

  • 09 Preview How Can You Do It

  • 10 Preview I'm In The Mood

  • 11 Preview I'm In The Mood ((humming overdub of UA-LA 127-J3 C5))

  • 12 Preview I'm In The Mood ((harmonica overdub of UA-LA 127-J3 C6))

  • 13 Preview I'm In The Mood (aka original one voice] ((alt take of UAS 5512 B4))

  • 14 Preview Turn Over A New Leaf

  • 15 Preview It Hurts Me So

  • 16 Preview It Hurts Me So ((alt take of Modern 876))

  • 17 Preview I Got Eyes For You

  • 18 Preview I Got Eyes For You ((alt take of Modern 876 take 2 or 5))

  • 19 Preview Key To The Highway

  • 20 Preview I Got The Key (aka Key To The Highway) ((alt take of Modern 886))

  • 21 Preview Bluebird Blues

  • 22 Preview That's All Right

  • 23 Preview It's Time For Lovin' To Be Done

  • 24 Preview That's All Right Boogie (under dub RPM 367)

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