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John Lee Hooker: The Hook - The Best of (CD)

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  • Interpret: John Lee Hooker

  • Album titlle: The Hook - The Best of (CD)

  • Year of publication 1989
  • Genre Blues

  • Label GREEN LINE

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0084815023324

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Hooker, John Lee - The Hook - The Best of (CD) CD 1
01 One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer John Lee Hooker
02 Thelma John Lee Hooker
03 Louise John Lee Hooker
04 Dimples John Lee Hooker
05 Boogie Chillen John Lee Hooker
06 No Shoes John Lee Hooker
07 Blues For Big Town John Lee Hooker
08 Drive Me Away John Lee Hooker
09 Big Legs, Tight Skirt John Lee Hooker
10 Sugar Mama John Lee Hooker
11 Green Onions John Lee Hooker
12 The House Rent Boogie John Lee Hooker
13 Leave My Wife Alone John Lee Hooker
14 Bottle Up And Go John Lee Hooker
15 Keep Your Hands To Yourself John Lee Hooker
16 Solid Sender John Lee Hooker
17 I Feel Good John Lee Hooker
18 Boom Boom John Lee Hooker
19 Will The Circle Be Unbroke John Lee Hooker
20 Hobo Blues John Lee Hooker
21 Your Baby Ain't Sweet Like Mine John Lee Hooker
22 I'm Going Upstairs John Lee Hooker
John Lee Hooker After nomadically label-hopping for the first seven years of his... more
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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 - The Hook - The Best of (CD) CD 1
01 One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
02 Thelma
03 Louise
04 Dimples
05 Boogie Chillen
06 No Shoes
07 Blues For Big Town
08 Drive Me Away
09 Big Legs, Tight Skirt
10 Sugar Mama
11 Green Onions
12 The House Rent Boogie
13 Leave My Wife Alone
14 Bottle Up And Go
15 Keep Your Hands To Yourself
16 Solid Sender
17 I Feel Good
18 Boom Boom
19 Will The Circle Be Unbroke
20 Hobo Blues
21 Your Baby Ain't Sweet Like Mine
22 I'm Going Upstairs