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John Lee Hooker John Lee Hooker Plays & Sing The Blues (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.)

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(WaxTime) 14 tracks John Lee Hooker Plays and Sings the Blues, originally released by Chess... more

John Lee Hooker: John Lee Hooker Plays & Sing The Blues (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.)

(WaxTime) 14 tracks
John Lee Hooker Plays and Sings the Blues, originally released by Chess Records in 1961, is primarily Hooker's solo performance, the master charging forward with nothing but his raw electric guitar, soul-soaked, world-weary vocals and his foot to keep the rhythm going.
One of Hooker's best tracks, "The Journey," kicks off the set.
This album also includes a cover of Muddy Waters' "Please Don't Go," an excellent example of Hooker's hugely influential "boogie" style.

+ 2 bonus tracks!

Article properties: John Lee Hooker: John Lee Hooker Plays & Sing The Blues (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.)

  • Interpret: John Lee Hooker

  • Album titlle: John Lee Hooker Plays & Sing The Blues (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.)

  • Genre Blues

  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl record size LP (12 Inch)
  • Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Vinyl weight 180g Vinyl
  • Label WaxTime Records

  • Artikelart LP

  • Year of publication 2021
  • EAN: 8436559467018

  • weight in Kg 0.3
Hooker, John Lee - John Lee Hooker Plays & Sing The Blues (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.) LP 1
01 The Journey John Lee Hooker
02 I Don`t Want Your Money John Lee Hooker
03 Hey, Baby John Lee Hooker
04 Mad Man Blues John Lee Hooker
05 Bluebird John Lee Hooker
06 Worried Life Blues John Lee Hooker
07 Baby, You Ain`t No Good John Lee Hooker
08 Apologize John Lee Hooker
09 Lonely Boy Boogie John Lee Hooker
10 Please Don`t Go John Lee Hooker
11 Dreamin` Blues John Lee Hooker
12 Hey Boogie John Lee Hooker
13 Just Me And My Telephone John Lee Hooker
14 The Road Is So Rough John Lee Hooker
John Lee Hooker After nomadically label-hopping for the first seven years of his... more
"John Lee Hooker"

John Lee Hooker

After nomadically label-hopping for the first seven years of his astonishingly prolific recording career, Mississippi Delta émigré John Lee Hooker settled into a relatively exclusive relationship with Chicago’s Vee-Jay Records in 1955. Things had changed dramatically on the R&B front since 1949; no longer would a haunting solo blues piece like the Hook’s Boogie Chillen (it’s on BCD 16921, Disc One) find its way to the top of the charts now that rock 'n' roll had captured the teenage demographic.

Still, there remained a solid southern market for blues, and John Lee was happy to help fill it on Vee-Jay through 1964 (granted, there were dalliances with a number of other labels during that span). His first Vee-Jay date, conducted in Chicago in October of ’55, found him in the company of labelmate Jimmy Reed, guitarist Eddie Taylor (a steadying presence for both Reed and Hooker whenever they entered the studio), bassist George Washington, and drummer Tom Whitehead, who had been playing sessions with the Boogie Man since 1953 and clearly knew the territory.

Reed was absent for Hooker’s Vee-Jay encore session, held March 27, 1956, but the rhythm section remained constant. Among the enduring gems laid down that day was the rollicking Dimples, a standard in John Lee’s repertoire from then on. He’s listed as writing it with Jimmy Bracken, the co-owner of Vee-Jay. Hooker was fretting an electric guitar instead of the acoustic he used on his first Detroit sessions (ironically, he’d have to retrieve it when the folk-blues trend hit).

Hooker’s Vee-Jay stint produced some of the most polished recordings he ever made, thanks to stellar musicianship by Taylor and his comrades, who seemed to cope with Hooker’s erratic timing better than just about anyone else he’d recorded with. At the end of 1958, John Lee would find his way back onto the R&B charts for the first time in more than seven years with I Love You Honey. He scored nationally again in 1960 with No Shoes. But as it turned out, the John Lee Hooker story was just getting underway.

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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