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50 Years:John Lee Hooker Anthology


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Singer-guitarist John Lee Hooker (1917-2001) was one of the most successful blues artists of the second half of the 20th century, yet his hypnotic brand of blues was in many ways a throwback to earlier times, before rules of rhyme, meter, and chord structure became standardized. The Clarksdale, Mississippi-born musician burst on the national scene with his first record, "Boogie ... Read more in Amazon's John Lee Hooker Store

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  • Audio CD (February 17, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B001P4OAB0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,629 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Boogie Chillen'
2. Hobo Blues
3. Hoogie Boogie
4. Crawlin' King Snake
5. Huckle Up Baby
6. Let Your Daddy Ride
7. John l's House Rent Boogie
8. I'm in the Mood
9. Dimples
10. I Love You Honey
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Big Legs Tight Skirt
2. It Serves Me Right to Suffer
3. Bottle Up and Go
4. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
5. Let's Go out Tonight
6. I Cover the Waterfront
7. I'm Bad Like Jesse James Live
8. Peavine
9. Jealous
10. The Healer
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Editorial Reviews

No other 2-CD set combs the complete career of this one-man/one-guitar boogie machine! The 32 tracks take you from the essential early vamps and hits to his last recordings in the '90s: Boogie Chillen'; Hobo Blues; Crawlin' King Snake; Hoogie Boogie; I'm in the Mood; I Love You Honey; Dimples; No Shoes; Boom Boom; One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer; I'm Bad Like Jesse James (live); The Healer (with Carlos Santana), and more!

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Docendo Discimus on February 22, 2009
Format: Audio CD
When an artist has recorded for fifty years, and for an incredible amount of different labels, two discs really isn't a lot. I have a two-CD collection featuring just Hooker's band-backed 60s recording (Tomato's "The Early Years"), and if an equal amount of time was to be devoted to every phase of his career, you'd end up with a ten-disc box set.

So, the "50 Years" anthology isn't everything you could ever want from the Boogie Man. But if you're just looking for a good, career-spanning compilation which has the "must-have" songs, this is one of the best. Rhino's 31-track "The Ultimate Collection 1948-1990" comes close, and Hip-O Records' 20-track "The Definitive Collection" is probably the best single-disc Hooker-compilation on the market, but this one pretty much leave all others in the dust. Unless you want to spring for the 2006 "Hooker" box set from the Shout Factory label; that one is a whopping 84 songs.

Casual listeners will note that "Boom Boom" is here, of course, and so is the swaggering "Dimples", the bar boogie "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer", and the gritty slow blues "I'm Bad Like Jesse James" and "It Serves Me Right To Suffer".
There are bare-bones solo performances here, just John Lee Hooker and his guitar and a piece of plywood for Hooker to stomp on. There are swinging, band-backed "middle-era" numbers like "Big Legs, Tight Skirt" and "Bottle Up And Go". And there are a few songs from his latter-day "super star" period, including a duet with Van Morrison on "Don't Look Back" (and, unfortunately, the misguided "Chill Out", too).
"I'll Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive" is missing, which is a shame...but you can get that one on the magnificent "Live at the Café au Go Go"-album which you are going to want anyway!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Comment Man on January 25, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I think my title just about sums it up. I love the blues in general but must admit the appeal of John Lee Hooker always escaped me. I mean, I acknowledged his talent, but his songs so often seemed murky and to my mind tiresome.

After listening to this anthology, I think I must have bought a whole bunch of badly mixed, and badly selected sides. He has a subtle rhythm unmatched by most American artists--it seems to be very African actually--and the songs have a great drive. For me, the early cuts, where Hooker is just accompanied by his cheap guitar and foottapping were a total revelation. Powerful doesn't begin to describe it. And the classic song Boom Boom which I had always liked just jumps out in this mix. The music is so exciting I am a little down I didn't spring for the big box set.

So I guess I am a John Lee Hooker fan NOW. If you have listened to the man and didn't understand what the fuss was about, this anthology is a great place to start. If you are already a fan--well, you probably think I was pretty dumb not to see what was so obvious, and I just have to hang my head and shame and order---

ONE BOURBAN ONE SCOTCH ONE BEER!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Outtha Wazoo on November 6, 2009
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This is a great collection of his stuff! With all the "collections" of musicians where they put a lot of the same stuff on like 3 or 4 "anthologies" or "collections" you get tired of trying to get all of an artists' stuff but an average fan could get by with this. I of course had to have a lot more of JLH so I own pretty much all his stuff seeings' how's he's about my favorite blues artist.
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