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John Lee Hooker: Documenting The Sensation Recordings 1948-52 (3-CD)

(Ace) 71 tracks.
The blues legend’s recordings for Bernard Besman’s Sensation label released together for the first time, with superior sound and sessionography.

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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  • Interpret: John Lee Hooker

  • Album titlle: Documenting The Sensation Recordings 1948-52 (3-CD)

  • Label ACE

  • Genre Blues

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  • Year of publication 2020
  • EAN: 0029667097024

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Hooker, John Lee - Documenting The Sensation Recordings 1948-52 (3-CD) CD 1
01 Sally mae John Lee Hooker
02 War is over (goodbye california) (extended version) John Lee Hooker
03 War is over (goodbye california) (alt take) John Lee Hooker
04 War is over (goodbye california) (extended version of gb lp John Lee Hooker
05 Boogie chillen' John Lee Hooker
06 Henry's swing club John Lee Hooker
07 Drifting from door to door John Lee Hooker
08 Hobo blues John Lee Hooker
09 Numbers blues (aka she ain't good for nothin') John Lee Hooker
10 Alberta John Lee Hooker
11 Alberta (alt take) John Lee Hooker
12 Howlin' wolf John Lee Hooker
13 Crawlin' king snake John Lee Hooker
14 Hoogie boogie (instrumental) John Lee Hooker
15 Hastings street boogie (extended version) John Lee Hooker
16 Build myself a cave (aka the world is in a tangle) (take #1) John Lee Hooker
17 Build myself a cave (take #2) John Lee Hooker
18 Build myself a cave (take #3) John Lee Hooker
19 Build myself a cave (specialty lp version) John Lee Hooker
20 Graveyard blues John Lee Hooker
21 Momma poppa boogie John Lee Hooker
22 Burnin' hell John Lee Hooker
23 Sailing blues (aka drifting blues) John Lee Hooker
24 Black cat blues John Lee Hooker
Hooker, John Lee - Documenting The Sensation Recordings 1948-52 (3-CD) CD 2
01 Weeping willow boogie John Lee Hooker
02 Miss sadie mae John Lee Hooker
03 Sail on little girl John Lee Hooker
04 Alberta part 2 John Lee Hooker
05 Wednesday evening John Lee Hooker
06 Canal street blues John Lee Hooker
07 Huckle up baby John Lee Hooker
08 Let your daddy ride John Lee Hooker
09 Goin' on highway #51 John Lee Hooker
10 My baby's got somethin' John Lee Hooker
11 Boogie chillen' #2 (take 1) John Lee Hooker
12 Boogie chillen' #2 (take 2) John Lee Hooker
13 Boogie chillen' #2 (take 4) John Lee Hooker
14 Boogie chillen' #2 John Lee Hooker
15 Boogie chillen' #2 (aka 21 boogie) (extended version) John Lee Hooker
16 Roll 'n' roll (alt take) John Lee Hooker
17 Rollin' blues John Lee Hooker
18 Three long years today John Lee Hooker
19 Strike blues (extended version) John Lee Hooker
20 Do my baby think of me? John Lee Hooker
21 Give me your phone number (alt take) John Lee Hooker
22 The story of a married woman (alt take) John Lee Hooker
23 Moon is rising (alt take) John Lee Hooker
Hooker, John Lee - Documenting The Sensation Recordings 1948-52 (3-CD) CD 3
01 John l's house rent boogie (aka house rent boogie) John Lee Hooker
02 John l's house rent boogie (fragment) (alt incomplete take) John Lee Hooker
03 Queen bee John Lee Hooker
04 Grinder man John Lee Hooker
05 Walkin' this highway John Lee Hooker
06 Women in my life (aka goin' away baby) John Lee Hooker
07 Tease me baby (aka tease me over baby) John Lee Hooker
08 I need lovin' (aka tease me over baby) John Lee Hooker
09 How can you do it John Lee Hooker
10 I'm in the mood (three voice) John Lee Hooker
11 I'm in the mood (humming version) John Lee Hooker
12 I'm in the mood (with harmonica overdub) John Lee Hooker
13 I'm in the mood (alt one voice) John Lee Hooker
14 Turn over a new leaf John Lee Hooker
15 It hurts me so John Lee Hooker
16 It hurts me so (alt take) John Lee Hooker
17 I got eyes for you John Lee Hooker
18 I got eyes for you (take 2 or take 5) John Lee Hooker
19 Key to the highway John Lee Hooker
20 I got the key (aka key to the highway) John Lee Hooker
21 Bluebird blues John Lee Hooker
22 That's all right John Lee Hooker
23 It's time for lovin' to be done John Lee Hooker
24 That's all right boogie (under dub) John Lee Hooker
John Lee Hooker After nomadically label-hopping for the first seven years of his... more
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John Lee Hooker

After nomadically label-hopping for the first seven years of his astonishingly prolific recording career, Mississippi Delta émigré John Lee Hooker settled into a relatively exclusive relationship with Chicago’s Vee-Jay Records in 1955. Things had changed dramatically on the R&B front since 1949; no longer would a haunting solo blues piece like the Hook’s Boogie Chillen (it’s on BCD 16921, Disc One) find its way to the top of the charts now that rock 'n' roll had captured the teenage demographic.

Still, there remained a solid southern market for blues, and John Lee was happy to help fill it on Vee-Jay through 1964 (granted, there were dalliances with a number of other labels during that span). His first Vee-Jay date, conducted in Chicago in October of ’55, found him in the company of labelmate Jimmy Reed, guitarist Eddie Taylor (a steadying presence for both Reed and Hooker whenever they entered the studio), bassist George Washington, and drummer Tom Whitehead, who had been playing sessions with the Boogie Man since 1953 and clearly knew the territory.

Reed was absent for Hooker’s Vee-Jay encore session, held March 27, 1956, but the rhythm section remained constant. Among the enduring gems laid down that day was the rollicking Dimples, a standard in John Lee’s repertoire from then on. He’s listed as writing it with Jimmy Bracken, the co-owner of Vee-Jay. Hooker was fretting an electric guitar instead of the acoustic he used on his first Detroit sessions (ironically, he’d have to retrieve it when the folk-blues trend hit).

Hooker’s Vee-Jay stint produced some of the most polished recordings he ever made, thanks to stellar musicianship by Taylor and his comrades, who seemed to cope with Hooker’s erratic timing better than just about anyone else he’d recorded with. At the end of 1958, John Lee would find his way back onto the R&B charts for the first time in more than seven years with I Love You Honey. He scored nationally again in 1960 with No Shoes. But as it turned out, the John Lee Hooker story was just getting underway.

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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Tracklist
Hooker, John Lee - Documenting The Sensation Recordings 1948-52 (3-CD) CD 1
01 Sally mae
02 War is over (goodbye california) (extended version)
03 War is over (goodbye california) (alt take)
04 War is over (goodbye california) (extended version of gb lp
05 Boogie chillen'
06 Henry's swing club
07 Drifting from door to door
08 Hobo blues
09 Numbers blues (aka she ain't good for nothin')
10 Alberta
11 Alberta (alt take)
12 Howlin' wolf
13 Crawlin' king snake
14 Hoogie boogie (instrumental)
15 Hastings street boogie (extended version)
16 Build myself a cave (aka the world is in a tangle) (take #1)
17 Build myself a cave (take #2)
18 Build myself a cave (take #3)
19 Build myself a cave (specialty lp version)
20 Graveyard blues
21 Momma poppa boogie
22 Burnin' hell
23 Sailing blues (aka drifting blues)
24 Black cat blues
Hooker, John Lee - Documenting The Sensation Recordings 1948-52 (3-CD) CD 2
01 Weeping willow boogie
02 Miss sadie mae
03 Sail on little girl
04 Alberta part 2
05 Wednesday evening
06 Canal street blues
07 Huckle up baby
08 Let your daddy ride
09 Goin' on highway #51
10 My baby's got somethin'
11 Boogie chillen' #2 (take 1)
12 Boogie chillen' #2 (take 2)
13 Boogie chillen' #2 (take 4)
14 Boogie chillen' #2
15 Boogie chillen' #2 (aka 21 boogie) (extended version)
16 Roll 'n' roll (alt take)
17 Rollin' blues
18 Three long years today
19 Strike blues (extended version)
20 Do my baby think of me?
21 Give me your phone number (alt take)
22 The story of a married woman (alt take)
23 Moon is rising (alt take)
Hooker, John Lee - Documenting The Sensation Recordings 1948-52 (3-CD) CD 3
01 John l's house rent boogie (aka house rent boogie)
02 John l's house rent boogie (fragment) (alt incomplete take)
03 Queen bee
04 Grinder man
05 Walkin' this highway
06 Women in my life (aka goin' away baby)
07 Tease me baby (aka tease me over baby)
08 I need lovin' (aka tease me over baby)
09 How can you do it
10 I'm in the mood (three voice)
11 I'm in the mood (humming version)
12 I'm in the mood (with harmonica overdub)
13 I'm in the mood (alt one voice)
14 Turn over a new leaf
15 It hurts me so
16 It hurts me so (alt take)
17 I got eyes for you
18 I got eyes for you (take 2 or take 5)
19 Key to the highway
20 I got the key (aka key to the highway)
21 Bluebird blues
22 That's all right
23 It's time for lovin' to be done
24 That's all right boogie (under dub)