John Lee Hooker – On Campus (1964)


Original Release Date: 1964
Remastered Release Reissue: 2000
Genre: Blues, Country Blues, Electric Blues, Delta Blues
Label: Vee-Jay/Collectables


Vee Jay’s 1964 album John Lee Hooker on Campus is titled to sound like a live recording but it isn’t. As part of the Collectables Vee Jay reissue campaign, these 12 tracks originally tried to capitalize on Hooker’s emergence on the coffeehouse/college tours he was involved in at the time. This is an electric album that contains excellent material from Hooker, even though the occasional background singers get in the way, attempting to modernize his gritty blues with a smoother soul sound.

Line up:

Recorded in Chicago 1963 (two sessions)
first session featuring only Hooker´s guitar plus drums*
– second session with accomp. similar to above
incl. poss. Memphis Slim,pno
and possibly Martha Reeves & the Vandellas,vocals


2nd session

01. I’m Leaving [second session, no reeds, no grp] (02:12)
02. Love Is A Burning Thing (02:39)
03. Birmingham Blues [no vcl group] (02:54)
04. I Want To Shout (02:25)
05. Don’t Look Back (02:56)
06. I Want To Hug You (02:41)

1st session

07. Poor Me (03:11)
08. I Want To Ramble (02:29)*
09. Half A Stranger (04:24)*
10. My Grinding Mill (03:11)*
11. Bottle Up And Go (02:25)*
12. One Way Ticket (03:27)*


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