John Lee Hooker - It Serve You Right To Suffer


Analogue Productions (Impulse)



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AIPJ 9103
UPC: 753088910371
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45 RPM Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2
Note: 180 Gram

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180-gram 45 RPM double LP

Mastered at AcousTech Mastering

Plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings

It's back in stock! Newly repressed at 45 RPM by Quality Record Pressings. This recording was originally mastered at the former AcousTech Mastering facility and the sound is fantastic.

John Lee Hooker himself did not know his exact date of birth. If he hadn't died at around the age of 80, this ageless musician would still be easily pulling the next generation to his gigs. Hooker remains a phenomenon, a mysterious figure of black rhythm and blues, a charismatic king who reigns supreme in rock 'n' roll's Hall of Fame. John W. Peters described his music as a synthesis of scorching emotional ardour, unrelenting rhythmic intensity, and original poetry of a highly personal character. Anyone hearing him for the first time may well be startled at the unfiltered passion and power of his music.

And another surprise is in store for those who compare Hooker's late recordings with those made in the Sixties. His unmistakable, raw voice has fully matured, but his incantory style of singing appears markedly finer and more flexible. And then there is the perfect gem of a rhythm group whose sinewy sounds fill the grooves with merciless gravitational force. It's enough to make your spine tingle!

John Lee Hooker, guitar, vocals
David "Panama" Francis, drums
Joe Galbreath, guitar
Milt Hinton, bass
William Wells, trombone


1. Shake It Baby
2. Country Boy
3. Bottle Up And Go
4. You're Wrong
5. Sugar Mama
6. Decoration Day
7. Money
8. It Serve You Right To Suffer

Customer Reviews (4.93 Stars) 14 person(s) rated this product.


posted on 02/02/2022
5 Stars
Reviewer: TDM7997
New audiophile here, this is the best record I've heard so far. Great all around from the first track to the title track!!!

Holy Toledo

posted on 11/14/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Mike
Well it’s 60 bucks! Worth every penny! Incredible hits you right in gut like your in a smoke filled bar drinking a good bourbon and he’s playing for you. Dead silent vinyl incredible sound stage. Wow!


posted on 04/20/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: CodyBros
Well worth the wait! Incredible mind blowing clarity.

Big Soundstage

posted on 04/18/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Danny
Well worth the money. It feels bigger than the room I listen to it in. I'll spare you with all of the nerd speak, but I will just say it's terrific. And the jacket is beautiful, too!

Well done!

posted on 04/12/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: motoraway
Aside from being in the room with the man himself, which these LP's replicate extremely well, it don't get much better than this. Dead silent wax with clarity of vocals and true to live instrumentation like you rarely hear today on vinyl. It's been in heavy rotation since purchased and sure to be one of those records you will pull out to showcase your hifi system when you want to impress your friends.

Buy this record!

posted on 04/05/2021
5 Stars
Seriously, get this album and put it on a good system. Then you will swear John Lee Hooker is in the room with you.

Highly recommended

posted on 11/19/2017
5 Stars
Reviewer: DC
Both the music and the sound gets 5 stars . Very good midrange and soundstage.


posted on 03/11/2015
5 Stars
This LP is the very heart and soul of mississippi blues. Great vinyl, fantastic recording, and John Lee in his prime. This was recorded in the mid 60's and is a real gem. It's a surprisingly good recording and lovengly remastered. All the little nuances of his voice and guitar finger work are there. With a good playback system it sounds like he's right there in the room with you. The first thinh I thought when I first heard it was "Oh my... , that's really good" When I play this in the morning I have John Lee going in my head all day long. If I had to limit myself to 1 blues LP this would be the one. It serves you right to suffer is worth every penny of it's somewhat hefty price. One review complained about the vinyl quality but my vinyl was perfect.

Wax Blues

posted on 01/09/2014
4 Stars
Reviewer: Emmanuel
The jacket is gorgeous. It looks like Analogue Productions learned their lesson from those flimsy jackets they did for their Blue Note reissues. Kudos! The sound is wonderful; smooth, balanced and warm. My only regret is the physical record. It is not flat and wobbles during playback. I've noticed most of the AP impulse reissue surfer from this problem. The series seems to have been pressed at Pallas so I am not sure why the titles exhibit this problem, maybe the plant manager was not paying attention. What ever the reason it is inexcusable to experience this kind of quality control issue with a $50 audiophile record

Don't suffer with inferior versions

posted on 06/29/2012
5 Stars
It serves YOU right to suffer if you don't pick up this 45rpm pressing. Stunning music and stunning audio quality.

All the Spooky Glory!

posted on 06/08/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: JeffersonDD
Like the other reviewer said, a lot of emotion comes through. The spookiness is uncanny and made the hair on the back of my neck stand straight up. Get it while you can!

John Lee Hooker

posted on 05/16/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: Ant Simon
Lovely pressing. A lot of emotion comes through. A must for all JLH fans


posted on 07/22/2010
5 Stars
Reviewer: Ray
The quality of this pressing is unmatched!! Dead quiet!! Beautiful Gatefold Cover!! And Great Music!! Forget the $50 and just buy it!!!

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