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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 (March 9, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Snapper UK
  • ASIN: B0001BYLLM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,107,894 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dimples
2. Unfriendly
3. Everybody Rockin
4. Im So Excited
5. Crawlin Black Spider
6. Little Wheel
7. I Love You Honey
8. Boogie Chillun
9. Hobo Blues
10. Moanin Blues
11. Dirty Ground Hog
12. My First Wife Left Me
13. Boom Boom
14. Whiskey Wimmen
15. Process
16. Blues Before Sunrise
17. This Is Hip
18. Birmingham Blues
19. Big Legs Tight Skirt
20. Dont Look Back

Editorial Reviews

John Lee Hooker worked from a stylistically limited palette, and the gutbucket blues stomp of his signature songs like "Boogie Chillun" and "Boom Boom" remained enduring and influential because of their simple, primal structure. Like an old junkyard dog, Hooker only knew a few tricks, but he did them so well that it really never mattered. This 20-track collection from Snapper Records is drawn from his years with Vee Jay Records, and does a good job of dropping the listener into Hooker's reverb-laden, swampy world. Both the above songs are included here, along with a pair of interesting and atmospheric modal blues pieces, "Moanin' Blues" and "Dirty Ground Hog," and a marvelous and soulful version of "Don't Look Back" that shows Hooker really did know a few other ways to the river. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi

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A must have by fans of both musicians.
"enfirno"
He was the first bluesman to take full advantage of the ability of electric guitars and amplifiers to do more than make the sound of a guitar louder.
Tony Thomas
Buy it and listen.i would buy it again.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Curtis J. George on June 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This CD recorded in 1997 by John Lee Hooker, was his last real recording. There was a CD released in 1998 called THE BEST OF FRIENDS, however it was just a re-release of classic tracks recorded by John Lee Hooker and friends. This CD, DON'T LOOK BACK, is the closest thing that you are going to find to the voice of this gritty blues man before his death four years later.

This CD won two Grammy awards in 1997. The first for, Best Traditional Blues Album and the second for, Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, on the song, "Don't Look Back" with Van Morrison. However, if you were to ask me, the first track, "Dimples," is the best track on this disk.

The last song on the CD, "Rainy Days" seems to sum up John Lee's long and difficult life: "Rainy day in my heart...ain't gonna rain no more in my heart...it's all over baby...the pain is gone...you can't hurt me no more...it use to rain both night and day...teardrops raining from my eyes...you can't hurt me no mor!e...the pain is gone...it don't hurt no more...it ain't gonna rain no more in my hurt...my eyes...it's all over..."

The back of the CD also shows a picture of John Lee walking down the sidewalk with his back to the viewer, waving his hand as if to say goodbye. The man is gone, but his music lives on, and this CD is the closest thing out there to how he sounded before he died.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is Hooker's latest original recording and the last one before he died in 2001. I have to say it's quite different from most Hooker recordings I've heard. It is very important to note that this CD is one big collaboration with Van Morrison, and the blues you'll hear here (with the exception of the first track) are mellow, laid back, and smooth. It's an excellent recording, although more mainstream than the real raw Hooker that can be heard on earlier recordings. He's aged like fine wine, and at about 80 years old, I'd say he's holding his own with amazing class :)
If you're new to Hooker, start either with this CD or "Healer". Healer is also an excellent recording (it does, however, have a lot more guest musicians). On this disk, you hear a more diluted Hooker, but you need to hear this before you hear the real raw Hooker.
The first track with Los Lobos is excellent - makes you want to get up and dance. Second and Fourth track are duets with Morrison and are both excellent work. Red House is a take on a Hendrix classic, and while the guitar work can't compare to the Hendrix guitar, the vocals, I thought, are a lot better, grittier, more bluesy than Hendrix's own version.
Get it - you won't regret it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "enfirno" on January 31, 2003
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If you're a fan of Van Morrison and his mellow style then you'll love this blues album. Of all the distinctive voices out there, John Lee's has to be the most unique. His almost-mumble singing plays well with Van's high pitched repetative style. An excellent collaboration produced by Van. A must have by fans of both musicians. Standout : "Don't Look Back".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon hater on November 6, 2011
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This is definitely an album for your colllection or if you like extended play blues music during a long social event or just hanging around the house. The music selection is very well balanced and John Lee's vocals are sure to impress.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tony Thomas on November 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Like too many blues artists, Hooker tends to be reduced to a primitivist stereotype. Rather than being a creative artist whose depth of spirit, intellect, music and poetry create a new power and product with his music, he is misinterpreted as some kind of relict of an older or truer blues tradition. Rather than a real artist, he is dehumanized as the real thing! Nothing could be further from the truth. Nothing could minimize his artistry more.

Hooker's music falls into the generation of the R & B bluesmen of the late 1940s who brought the stream of music from the Delta--Johnny Lee being from Clarksdale--to the North, Muddy Waters to Chicago, Johnny Lee to Detroit. Johnny's music, particularly his music from the late 1940s and 1950s when he was popular not among white ex folkies or whites who think they love the blues, but in the Black community, is impossible to understand outside of the context of postwar R & B, not the initial delta blues. The dance rhythm that proceeds from Boogie Chillun, King Snake, Boom Boom Boom, wouldn't have worked in a 1920s Juke Joint. It belongs someplace like Henry's Swing Club where a rockin' rhythm is coming from the attempt to combine the power of swing with the rock of the blues that created R & B in the 1940s.

Hooker was a highly sophisticated musician who developed his own off-shoot from the traditional trajectory of blues artists. Starting with the great female blues stars and Blind Lemon Jefferson, the direction of blues has been to harmonize the essential modal African-based musics of the blues.

Hooker took the music in an entirely different method, by returning to the modal base of the music. To do so he essentially goes away from the tendency of blues musicians to develop the music into a band music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 2003
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As a late convert to JLH's music, I like this a lot. More than the Healer actually.
To sound this good at his age is like sipping a fine vintage wine.
Long live Hooker!
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