John Lee Hooker - It Serve You Right To Suffer


Analogue Productions (Impulse)



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CIPJ 9103 SA
UPC: 753088910364
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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!

Mastered by Kevin Gray.

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 (5.00 Stars) 2 person(s) rated this product.

Highly recommended!

posted on 01/09/2017
5 Stars
My appetite for music has always far exceeded my ability to pay (audiophile issues in particular) so I tend to order titles and artists that I am already familiar with as that list alone is always growing and can never be satisfied. But occasionally I take a chance on something that looks like it may be interesting and such was the case with this this release by John Lee Hooker (SACD). I was certainly familiar with him but I never personally explored his catalogue. "Money" and the title track were the only songs I was familiar with prior to purchasing this. What a great decision this turned out to be! I can't tell you how pleased I was to hear this in it's entirety for the first time. It is one of those albums that drew me in immediately and I can't help wondering how I missed it for all of these years. The mastering is stellar and I would recommend this to anyone who is considering it. Thanks to Chad, Acoustic Sounds and all at A.P. for your efforts and dedication.


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