1973 Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters

Head Hunters is the twelfth studio album by the American pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, released October 13, 1973, on Columbia Records. Recording sessions for the album took place in the evening at Wally Heider Studios and Different Fur Trading Co. in San Francisco, California. Head Hunters is a key release in Hancock’s career and a defining moment in the genre of jazz. In 2003, the album was ranked number 498 in the book version of Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2007, the Library of Congress added it to the National Recording Registry, which collects “culturally, historically or aesthetically important” sound recordings from the 20th century.


1  Chameleon (Herbie Hancock; Harvey Mason Sr; Bennie Maupin; Paul Jackson) 15:44
2  Watermelon Man (Herbie Hancock) 6:31
3  Sly (Herbie Hancock) 10:21
4  Vein Melter (Herbie Hancock) 9:09



BassPaul Jackson
DrumsHarvey Mason Sr
Fender RhodesHerbie Hancock
SynthesizerHerbie Hancock
MarimbulaPaul Jackson
ClavinetHerbie Hancock
ClarinetBennie Maupin
FluteBennie Maupin
SaxBennie Maupin
PipeHerbie Hancock

Liner Notes

Producer – David Rubinson, Herbie Hancock
Arranged By – Harvey Mason (Track 2)
Engineer (Recording) – Dane Butcher, Fred Catero, Jeremy Zatkin, John Vieira

Cover, Design – Victor Moscoso
Photography By – Waldo Bascom

Produced For – David Rubinson And Friends, Inc.
Recorded At – Wally Heider Studios
Recorded At – Different Fur Studios
Phonographic Copyright (p) – CBS Inc.
Record Company – Catero Sound Company
Mastered At – Customatrix
Mastered At – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Santa Maria
Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Pitman