John Lee Hooker – It Serves You Right To Suffer (1966/2013) [PonoMusic 24-96]

John Lee Hooker – It Serves You Right To Suffer (1966/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 32:37 minutes | 642 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Pono Music |  © Impulse! Records/Geffen Records

Anyone hearing this 1966 album for the first time may well be startled at the unfiltered passion and power of John Lee Hooker in his earlier days; a surprise when comparing Hooker’s later recordings with those made in the 1960s. His unmistakable raw voice has fully matured here, 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: Barry Galbraith on second guitar, Milt Hinton on bass, William Wells on trombone and David “Panama” Francis on drums.

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John Lee Hooker – It Serve You Right To Suffer (1966) [Analogue Productions’ Remaster 2010] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24-88.2}

John Lee Hooker – It Serve You Right To Suffer (1966) [Analogue Productions’ Remaster 2010]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 32:37 minutes | Scans included | 1,32 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 618 MB
Recorded on November 23, 1965 | Genre: Blues

Given Hooker’s unpredictable timing and piss-poor track record recording with bands, this 1965 one-off session for the jazz label Impulse! would be a recipe for disaster. But with Panama Francis on drums, Milt Hinton on bass, and Barry Galbraith on second guitar, the result is some of the best John Lee Hooker material with a band that you’re likely to come across. The other musicians stay in the pocket, never overplaying or trying to get Hooker to make chord changes he has no intention of making. This record should be played for every artist who records with Hooker nowadays, as it’s a textbook example of how exactly to back the old master. The most surreal moment occurs when William Wells blows some totally cool trombone on Hooker’s version of Berry Gordy’s “Money”. If you run across this one in a pile of 500 other John Lee Hooker CDs, grab it; it’s one of the good ones.

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John Lee Hooker – Boogie Chillen’: Original 1948-1954 Blues Masterpieces (2003) [Audio Fidelity] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24-88.2}

John Lee Hooker – Boogie Chillen’: Original 1948-1954 Blues Masterpieces (2003) [Audio Fidelity]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 57:48 minutes | Scans included | 2,34 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 558 MB
Audio Fidelity SACD #AFZ-005 | Compiled & Mastered for SACD by Steve Hoffman | Genre: Blues

For Boogie Chillen’, Audio Fidelity went back to the original 1948-1954 recording session tapes of these “Detroit Blues Masterpieces” for the SACD edition. The only exception will be the title track since recording tape was not in use in 1948 at the United Sound recording studio in Detroit when it was recorded. In that case, “Boogie Chillen’” was transferred from the surviving 78 RPM acetate record. The SACD compilation and remastering work for the album was done by Steve Hoffman at Kevin Gray’s AcousTech Mastering Studio with Lon Neumann serving as the DSD Technician on the remastering session.

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