Don't Look Back (John Lee Hooker album)

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Don't Look Back
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 4, 1997
RecordedPlant Recording Studios, Sausalito, California; Sunset Sound Factory, Hollywood, California
ProducerVan Morrison, Mike Kappus
John Lee Hooker chronology
Chill Out
Don't Look Back
The Best of Friends
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Don't Look Back is an album released by Blues singer-songwriter John Lee Hooker in 1997 that was co-produced by Van Morrison and Mike Kappus.[2] Van Morrison also performed duets with Hooker on four of the tracks.[3] The album was the Grammy winner in the Best Traditional Blues Album category in 1998. The title duet by Hooker and Morrison also won a Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

John Lee Hooker and Van Morrison[edit]

The two singers had collaborated on several occasions over the years before this album was realized and had become personal friends. Morrison had first recorded the title song, "Don't Look Back" on his debut album as the frontman for the Northern Irish band Them and according to one of the band members, Billy Harrison, the two first met in London in 1964.[4] Their first collaboration was on Hooker's album, Never Get Out of These Blues Alive recorded in 1972, with a duet on the title song and Hooker's cover of Morrison's "T.B. Sheets". They guested on each other's albums over the years with Hooker also appearing on two films with Morrison: BBC's One Irish Rover and Morrison's 1990 video, Van Morrison The Concert.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Dimples" (James Bracken, Hooker) - 3:59 L*
  2. "The Healing Game" (Van Morrison) - 5:09 M*
  3. "Ain't No Big Thing" (Hooker) - 5:19
  4. "Don't Look Back" (Hooker) - 6:41 M*
  5. "Blues Before Sunrise" (Leroy Carr, Hooker) - 6:41
  6. "Spellbound" (Hooker, Michael Osborn) - 3:56
  7. "Travellin' Blues" (Hooker) - 5:35 M*
  8. "I Love You Honey" (Hooker, Freddy Williams) - 3:31
  9. "Frisco Blues" (Hooker) - 3:47
  10. "Red House" (Jimi Hendrix) - 4:02
  11. "Rainy Day" (Hooker) - 5:50 M*


  • L - with Los Lobos band and also produced by Los Lobos with Mario Caldato Jr.[5]
  • M - Duets with Van Morrison



  1. ^ Chris Slawecki (1997-03-04). "Don't Look Back - John Lee Hooker | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  2. ^ a b "CelebrityAccess Industry Profiles". Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Don't Look Back: John Lee Hooker". Archived from the original on 2003-05-25. Retrieved 2009-03-08.
  4. ^ Heylin. (2003). p.96
  5. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (15 March 1997). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 51–.
  6. ^ "Mike Kappus | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-12.


  • Heylin, Clinton (2003). Can You Feel the Silence? Van Morrison: A New Biography, Chicago Review Press ISBN 1-55652-542-7

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