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John Lee Hooker: Simply John Lee Hooker (3-CD Metall Box)

(Union Square Music) 54 tracks in metal box.

Hooker is best known for duetting with a star-studded cast of friends on his comeback albums, "The Healer" and "Mr. Lucky." But on these three CDs - packed with fast-paced boogies and heartbreaking slow numbers from the 1940s through the 1960s - you'll discover why those friends - like Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt and Carlos Santana - revered him as one of the greatest bluesmen of all time in the first place. This collection presents classic Hooker recordings from the 1940s through the 1960s.

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Hooker, John Lee - Simply John Lee Hooker (3-CD Metall Box) CD 1
01Boom boomJohn Lee Hooker
02DimplesJohn Lee Hooker
03She's Long, She's Tall (She Weeps Like A Willow Tree)John Lee Hooker
04I'm In The MoodJohn Lee Hooker
05Goin' Down Highway 51John Lee Hooker
06Whiskey And WimmenJohn Lee Hooker
07Boogie ChillenJohn Lee Hooker
08Let your daddy rideJohn Lee Hooker
09Tupelo BluesJohn Lee Hooker
10Crazy 'bout that womanJohn Lee Hooker
11Black Cat BluesJohn Lee Hooker
12Hobo BluesJohn Lee Hooker
13Poor JoeJohn Lee Hooker
14Helpless BluesJohn Lee Hooker
15No Friend AroundJohn Lee Hooker
16Goin' Mad BluesJohn Lee Hooker
17Key To The HighwayJohn Lee Hooker
18Black Man BluesJohn Lee Hooker
Hooker, John Lee - Simply John Lee Hooker (3-CD Metall Box) CD 2
01I'm readyJohn Lee Hooker
02Sugar MamaJohn Lee Hooker
03Locked Up In Jail (Prison Blues)John Lee Hooker
04Long, Long Way From HomeJohn Lee Hooker
05Sally MaeJohn Lee Hooker
06Heart Trouble BluesJohn Lee Hooker
07Johnny Lee's Original BoogieJohn Lee Hooker
08No Mortgage On My SoulJohn Lee Hooker
09Wednesday Evening BluesJohn Lee Hooker
10Mercy BluesJohn Lee Hooker
11Wayne Country Ramblin' BluesJohn Lee Hooker
12RocksJohn Lee Hooker
13Shake Your BoogieJohn Lee Hooker
14Hastings Street BoogieJohn Lee Hooker
15Down So LongJohn Lee Hooker
16Burnin' HellJohn Lee Hooker
17Crawling King SnakeJohn Lee Hooker
18Playing The RacesJohn Lee Hooker
Hooker, John Lee - Simply John Lee Hooker (3-CD Metall Box) CD 3
01Time Is MarchingJohn Lee Hooker
02Mambo ChillunJohn Lee Hooker
03Sail On, Little Girl, Sail OnJohn Lee Hooker
04I Got Drunk (Sonny Boy's Cold Chills)John Lee Hooker
05We Gonna Make Everything AlrightJohn Lee Hooker
06Like A WomanJohn Lee Hooker
07Nightmare BluesJohn Lee Hooker
08I Rule My DenJohn Lee Hooker
09War Is OverJohn Lee Hooker
10Poor SlimJohn Lee Hooker
11Who's Been Jiving YouJohn Lee Hooker
12I Love To BoogieJohn Lee Hooker
13Leavin' ChicagoJohn Lee Hooker
14Drifting From Door To DoorJohn Lee Hooker
15Canal Street BluesJohn Lee Hooker
16Poor Slim 2John Lee Hooker
17Build Myself A CaveJohn Lee Hooker
18Goin' Home BluesJohn Lee Hooker
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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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Tracklist
Hooker, John Lee - Simply John Lee Hooker (3-CD Metall Box) CD 1
01 Boom boom
02 Dimples
03 She's Long, She's Tall (She Weeps Like A Willow Tree)
04 I'm In The Mood
05 Goin' Down Highway 51
06 Whiskey And Wimmen
07 Boogie Chillen
08 Let your daddy ride
09 Tupelo Blues
10 Crazy 'bout that woman
11 Black Cat Blues
12 Hobo Blues
13 Poor Joe
14 Helpless Blues
15 No Friend Around
16 Goin' Mad Blues
17 Key To The Highway
18 Black Man Blues
Hooker, John Lee - Simply John Lee Hooker (3-CD Metall Box) CD 2
01 I'm ready
02 Sugar Mama
03 Locked Up In Jail (Prison Blues)
04 Long, Long Way From Home
05 Sally Mae
06 Heart Trouble Blues
07 Johnny Lee's Original Boogie
08 No Mortgage On My Soul
09 Wednesday Evening Blues
10 Mercy Blues
11 Wayne Country Ramblin' Blues
12 Rocks
13 Shake Your Boogie
14 Hastings Street Boogie
15 Down So Long
16 Burnin' Hell
17 Crawling King Snake
18 Playing The Races
Hooker, John Lee - Simply John Lee Hooker (3-CD Metall Box) CD 3
01 Time Is Marching
02 Mambo Chillun
03 Sail On, Little Girl, Sail On
04 I Got Drunk (Sonny Boy's Cold Chills)
05 We Gonna Make Everything Alright
06 Like A Woman
07 Nightmare Blues
08 I Rule My Den
09 War Is Over
10 Poor Slim
11 Who's Been Jiving You
12 I Love To Boogie
13 Leavin' Chicago
14 Drifting From Door To Door
15 Canal Street Blues
16 Poor Slim 2
17 Build Myself A Cave
18 Goin' Home Blues