Discussion in 'Epiphone SG' started by Alex_SG, Dec 16, 2011.
Tell me again how serious gigging musicians can't play and record with an Epiphone...
" Now, Tell me again how serious gigging musicians can't play and record with an Epiphone..."
Hooker issued a large number of singles, with almost a hundred releases by 1960.
Here are ten of his early classic recordings:
Detroit September 1948 - Boogie Chillen' - Modern 627 (11/48) R&B #1 (Crown LP "The Blues")
Detroit September 1948 - Hobo Blues - Modern 663 (3/49) R&B #5 (Crown LP "The Blues")
Detroit September 1948 - Crawling King Snake - Modern 714 (10/49) R&B #6 (Crown LP "The Blues")
Detroit August 7, 1951 - I'm In the Mood - Modern 835 (9/51) R&B #1 (Crown LP "The Blues")
Detroit Early 1955 - The Syndicator b/w Hug And Squeeze - Modern 966 (8/55) (Crown LP "Sings The Blues")
Chicago March 17, 1956 - Dimples - Vee-Jay 205 (8/56) (VJ LP "I'm John Lee Hooker")
Chicago June 10, 1958 - I Love You Honey - Vee-Jay 293 (9/58) R&B #29 (VJ LP "I'm John Lee Hooker")
Chicago March 1, 1960 - No Shoes - Vee-Jay 349 (4/60) R&B#21 (VJ LP "Travelin'")
Chicago Late 1961 - Boom Boom - Vee-Jay 438 (4/62) R&B #16 (VJ LP "Burnin'")
Chicago Mid 1964 - It Serves You Right (To Suffer) - Vee-Jay 708 (11/65) (VJ/Dynasty LP "In Person")
Listed below are the original albums with notable reissues.
THE DETROIT YEARS (recordings 1948-1955)
1959 - House Of The Blues (Chess)
1960 - The Blues (Crown) early Modern tracks
1961 - Sings The Blues (Crown) - Modern tracks
1961 - Plays And Sings The Blues (Chess) 1950-52 tracks
1961 - Sings Blues (King)- reissued as "Moanin' and Stompin'", and "Don't You Remember Me", Texas Slim 1948-50 tracks
1962 - Folk Blues (Crown) - Modern tracks
1963 - The Great John Lee Hooker (Crown) - Modern tracks
1963 - Don't Turn Me from Your Door (Atco) 1953 and 1961 recordings
1963 - John Lee Hooker & Big Maceo Merriweather (Fortune)
1964 - Original Folk Blues (Kent)
1966 - John Lee Hooker & his Guitar (Advent)
1969 - No Friend Around (Advent/Red Lightnin')
1970 - Alone (Specialty)
1971 - Goin' Down Highway 51 (Specialty)
1971 - Coast to Coast Blues Band (United Artists)
1972 - Johnny Lee (GreeneBottle 2-LP)
1973 - John Lee Hooker's Detroit (United Artists 3-LP)
1973 - Mad Man Blues (Chess 2-LP compilation)
1973 - Hooker, Hopkins, Hogg (Specialty-Sonet)
1973 - Slim's Stomp (Polydor) - King tracks
1979 - Southern Blues (Savoy)
1981 - Blues For Big Town (Chess) - v.a. compilation featuring unissued early 1950s
1987 - Gotham Golden Classics - Rare Recordings (Collectables)
1987 - Detroit Blues (Krazy Kat)
1989 - 40th Anniversary Album (DCC) - reissued on Eiropean Demon as Detroit Lion
1990 - Boogie Awhile (Krazy Kat 2-LP)
1999 - Savoy Blues Legends, 1948-1949 (SavoyJazz/Atlantic) - reissued on Savoy
2000 - The Unknown John Lee Hooker (Krazy Kat) - 1951 tracks, reissued as "Jack 0'Diamonds" (Eagle, 2004)
THE CHICAGO YEARS
1959 - I'm John Lee Hooker (Vee-Jay)
1960 - Travelin (Vee-Jay)
1961 - The Folk Lore of John Lee Hooker (Vee-Jay)
1962 - Burnin' (Vee-Jay)
1962 - The Big Soul of John Lee Hooker (Vee Jay)
1962 - The Best of John Lee Hooker (Vee Jay) - compilation
1963 - John Lee Hooker On Campus (Vee Jay) - ("I Want To Shout The Blues" on European Stateside) - reissued as "Big Band Blues" (Buddah Records)
1965 - ... And Seven Nights (Verve-Folkways) British recordings of 1964 (re-issued with brass overdub as "On The Waterfront" on Wand) - and reissued in several versions later
1965 - Is He The World's Greatest Blues Singer? (Vee Jay) compilation - reissued on Exodus
1974 - Gold (Vee Jay) - compilation comprisising "I'm John Lee Hooker" and "The Big Soul of"
1974 - In Person (VeeJay/Dynasty) late Vee-Jay tracks
1989 - The Hook - 20 Years of Hits & Hot Boogie (Chameleon) Vee-Jay license compilation
1993 - John Lee Hooker on Vee-Jay 1955-1958 (VeeJay) compilation
THE FOLK YEARS (recordings 1959-1963)
1959 - The Country Blues of John Lee Hooker (Riverside) - reissued as "How Long Blues" (Battle, 1963)
1960 - That's My Story - JLH Sings the Blues (Riverside) - reissued as "The Blues Man" (Battle, 1963)
1962 - John Lee Hooker (Galaxy) - reissued as "The King of Folk Blues" (America)
1963 - Live At Sugar Hill (Galaxy)
1964 - Burning Hell (Riverside) recorded 1959
1964 - Concert At Newport (Vee Jay) - reissued with bonus tracks as "Live At Newport" (Fantasy)
1966 - Teachin' The Blues (Guest Star) half an LP of recordings from 1961
1969 - That's Where It's At! (Stax) recordings of 1961
1971 - Detroit Special (Atlantic) compilation ("Don't Turn Me From Your Door" plus bonus tracks)
1972 - Boogie Chillun (Fantasy) ("Live at Sugar Hill" plus bonus tracks) - reissued on Ace as "Live at Sugar Hill Vol. 1 & 2"
1972 - Black Snake (Fantasy 2-set) - reissue of Riverside's "The Country Blues" and "That's My Story"
1979 - Sittin' Here Thinkin (Muse) - reissued as "Sad And Lonesome" (Savoy recordings of 1961)
2002 - Live At Sugar Hill, Vol. 2 (Fantasy) unissued recordings from 1961 (featuring a "third session")
THE ABC YEARS (recordings 1965-1974)
1965 - It Serves You Right to Suffer (Impulse! Records)
1966 - The Real Folk Blues (Chess) new Chicago recordings
1967 - Live at the Café Au Go-Go (Bluesway)
1967 - Urban Blues (Bluesway)
1968 - On The Waterfront (Wand) (... And Seven Nights" with brass overdub)
1969 - Simply The Truth (Bluesway)
1969 - If You Miss 'Im ... I Got 'Im (Bluesway)
1970 - I Wanna Dance All Night (America) Europe recordings - reissued with the next as "Black Rhythm 'n' Blues" (Festival)
1970 - I Feel Good (Carson) Europe recordings - reissued on Jewel (1972)
1971 - Get Back Home In The USA (Black & Blue) Europe recordings - reissued with bonus tracks as "Get Back Home"
1971 - Hooker 'n Heat (Liberty) - reissued as "Infinite Boogie" (Rhino)
1971 - Endless Boogie (ABC)
1972 - Never Get Out of These Blues Alive (ABC)
1972 - Live at Kabuki Wuki (Bluesway)
1973 - Live At Soledad Prison (ABC)
1973 - Born In Mississippi, Raised Up In Tennessee (ABC)
1974 - Free Beer And Chicken (ABC)
1991 - More Real Folk Blues - The Missing Album (Chess) - also issued with "The Real Folk Blues" as "The Complete Chess Folk Blues Sessions"
THE ROSEBUD YEARS (recordings 1975-2001)
1976 - Alone Vol 1 (Labor) live - reissued on Tomato
1976 - Alone - Live in New York Vol 2 (MMG) - reissued on Tomato
1978 - Live + Well (Ornament)
1978 - The Cream (Tomato) live recordings - reissued with bonus tracks on Charly
1979 - Live in 1978 (Lunar)
1981 - Hooker 'n' Heat Recorded Live at the Fox Venice Theatre (Rhino, various artists)
1986 - Jealous (Pulsa) - reissued on Pointblank 1996 - and on Shout! Factory with bonus tracks
1989 - The Healer (Chameleon)
1990 - The Hot Spot (Featuring Miles Davis)
1991 - Mr. Lucky (Pointblank)
1992 - Boom Boom (Pointblank) - reissued on Shout!Factory with bonus tracks
1995 - Chill Out (Pointblank) - reissued on Shout!Factory with bonus tracks
1997 - Don't Look Back (Pointblank/Virgin) - reissued on Shout!Factory with bonus tracks
1998 - The Best of Friends (Pointblank) compilation 1986–1998 incl one new track - reissued on Shout!Factory download with bonus track
2003 - Face to Face (Eagle) new recordings
He can't have used the same Epi for all of that?
"He can't have used the same Epi for all of that?"
As you might expect,John Lee had many guitars, Gibsons, Epis, a Kent that I'm aware of, but his Epi Sheraton was his main axe for many years .
As in "Once he got it, that's what he used" ?
That man could make one note sound good...for 45 minutes.
They're real... and they're SPECTACULAR!
I would say yes though this one is a lower price "Special" model that Epiphone puts out. I had a red one of these when I was 16. I bought it with all my birthday money. I played it for years until I outgrew it and need a better guitar. Plus the bolt on neck killed the sustain.
I still say yes these are SGs. These are the "beginner" ones. Not as nice as the G400s or even the G310s with bolt on necks, but still SGs just the same.
Well, the current Epiphone factory is called "Gibson Quindao" which is fairly telling...
I've had both Epiphones and Gibsons and I have had good and bad in both..
I recently set up a pair of Epiphone Les Paul Specials that had uncovered pickups and bolt on necks (solid timbers though). Now I can't say that they sounded like Les Pauls but I can say that once they were set up they played and sounded really good, it was a bit disturbing actually...
+1 Our drummer just bought one for 100$ and while it sounds differently than classic epi/gibsons (not bad, just different),
the sustain of this bolt on p.o.s. absolutely KILLS all other guitars in the room, including gibsons... I dunno how, but its true.
In the same vein, and slightly off topic maybe, see this page on the guitars used by Oasis. Epiphones kept on cropping up all the way through.
The Guitars of Noel Gallagher
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