It Serves You Right to Suffer

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It Serve You Right to Suffer
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Studio album by John Lee Hooker
Released 1966 (1966)
Recorded New York City
Genre Blues
Length 33:10
Label Impulse!
Producer Bob Thiele
John Lee Hooker chronology
Hooker & The Hogs
(1965)Hooker & The Hogs1965
It Serve You Right to Suffer
The Real Folk Blues'
(1966)The Real Folk Blues'1966
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Review scores
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Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

It Serve You Right to Suffer (later retitled "It Serves You Right To Suffer" for reissue) is an album by blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist John Lee Hooker, released on the Impulse Records label in early 1966 (catalogue no. 9103). It was part of the short-lived Impulse folk music division, with the slogan adapted from their jazz promotion, "the new wave of folk is on Impulse!"

Signed to Impulse's parent label ABC Records, this is the only album Hooker made for the jazz label. Producer Bob Thiele partnered Hooker with session musicians all possessing jazz pedigree, presenting a unique setting for his music. The released songs are a mix of new compositions and re-working of ones Hooker had previously recorded, and includes a cover of the Barrett Strong 1959 Motown hit "Money (That's What I Want)."

The album was reissued for compact disc by MCA Records on July 27, 1999.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by John Lee Hooker except "Money" by Berry Gordy and Janie Bradford.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Shake It Baby" – 4:23
  2. "Country Boy" – 5:42
  3. "Bottle Up & Go" – 2:27
  4. "You're Wrong" – 4:22

Side two[edit]

  1. "Sugar Mama" – 3:15
  2. "Decoration Day" – 5:11
  3. "Money" – 2:26
  4. "It Serves You Right To Suffer" – 5:15