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(2015/Sundazed) 16 tracks. Shake 'em up! R&B from the vaults of King/Federal Records! The... more

John Lee Hooker: Sings The Blues (180g vinyl)

(2015/Sundazed) 16 tracks. Shake 'em up! R&B from the vaults of King/Federal Records! The embodiment of the blues! A primal architect of the genre’s structure, Hooker’s hypnotic guitar work and commanding vocals influenced everyone who followed, and these tracks—originally released in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s as 'Texas Slim' — find him at the peak of his playing and singing powers. Pressed at RTI on 180 gram audiophile vinyl, you’ll hear every moan, gasp and string blast on this definitive edition of John Lee Hooker Sings Blues, from Sundazed.

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  • Interpret: John Lee Hooker

  • Album titlle: Sings The Blues (180g vinyl)

  • Genre Blues

  • Year of publication 2015
  • Label SUNDAZED

  • Price code VLP2
  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl Size LP (12 Inch)
  • Record Grading Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Vinyl weight 180g Vinyl
  • Artikelart LP

  • EAN: 0090771542519

  • weight in Kg 0.3
Hooker, John Lee - Sings The Blues (180g vinyl) LP 1
01 Wandering Blues
02 I’m Gonna Kill That Woman
03 Heart Trouble Blues
04 Don’t You Remember Me
05 Slim’s Stomp
06 The Numbers
07 Shake ‘Em Up
08 Happy Blues
09 Nightmare Blues
10 Moaning Blues
11 Don’t Go Baby
12 Thinking Blues
13 Late Last Night
14 Devil’s Jump
15 Blue Guitar Blues
16 Race Track
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"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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Tracklist
Hooker, John Lee - Sings The Blues (180g vinyl) LP 1
01 Wandering Blues
02 I’m Gonna Kill That Woman
03 Heart Trouble Blues
04 Don’t You Remember Me
05 Slim’s Stomp
06 The Numbers
07 Shake ‘Em Up
08 Happy Blues
09 Nightmare Blues
10 Moaning Blues
11 Don’t Go Baby
12 Thinking Blues
13 Late Last Night
14 Devil’s Jump
15 Blue Guitar Blues
16 Race Track