Don't Look Back (John Lee Hooker album)

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Don't Look Back
Studio album by John Lee Hooker
Released March 4, 1997
Recorded Plant Recording Studios, Sausalito, California; Sunset Sound Factory, Hollywood, California
Genre Blues
Length 53:33
Label Virgin
Producer Van Morrison
John Lee Hooker chronology
Chill Out
(1995)Chill Out1995
Don't Look Back
The Best of Friends
(1998)The Best of Friends1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Don't Look Back is an album released by Blues singer-songwriter John Lee Hooker in 1997 that was produced by Van Morrison, who also performed duets with Hooker on four of the tracks.[2] 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.[3] 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
  • 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. ^ "Don't Look Back: John Lee Hooker". Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  3. ^ Heylin. (2003). p.96
  4. ^ "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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