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John Lee Hooker: The Ultimate Collection 1948-1990

John Lee HookerAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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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 (November 19, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: November 19, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000032HO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,670 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Teachin' The Blues
2. Boogie Chillen'
3. Sally Mae
4. Let Your Daddy Ride
5. Crawlin' King Snake
6. Weeping Willow Boogie
7. Hobo Blues
8. Huckle Up Baby
9. I'm In The Mood
10. John L's House Rent Boogie
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Boom Boom
2. Big Legs, Tight Skirt
3. You Know I Know
4. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
5. Let's Go Out Tonight
6. I Cover The Waterfront
7. She's Mine (Keep Your Hands To Yourself)
8. Back Biters And Syndicators
9. Think Twice Before You Go
10. Shake It Baby
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Features, of course, Boogie Chillen , plus Crawlin' King Snake; John L's House Rent Boogie; Boom Boom; One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer , and more. 30 tracks.

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This 2 CD set represents the best introduction to Hooker's trademark sound: one- and two-chord vamps delivered with a hypnotic, perpetual boogie rhythm and accented by reverberating staccato runs and intense foot-stomping. With his deep, rich voice, Hooker electrified the blues of the Delta, bringing the stark, brooding sound to the city and influencing scores of rock musicians. Most of his highlights are here: from early Modern classics "Boogie Chillen," "Crawlin' King Snake," and "House Rent Boogie"; to Vee-Jay singles "Boom Boom" and "Dimples"; to 1966 Chess work with Chicagoans Lafayette Leake and Willie Dixon; to 1971 collaborations with rockers Canned Heat; to performances with modern blues stars Roy Rogers and Bonnie Raitt. --Marc Greilsamer

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rhino Captures the Hooker. January 16, 2001
By Tom
Format:Audio CD
This is such a nice set.
Almost a primer for the new fan, and a refresher course for seasoned vetrans...John Lee is well portrayed on these very nicely remastered cuts.
Disc 1 starts with his solo accoustic stuff...
"Teachin' the Blues" is a classic blues gem, and this is a great cut of it.
Disc 2 features gritty, rocking cuts of legendary blues tracks including Hooker staples like "Boom Boom," and "One Bourbon, One Scotch, and one Beer."
If you think you like Hooker, this is your starter kit.
If you love him, this little portable collection completes the set.
There is also a 2CD set from Tomato Records that closely mirrors the titles on the Rhino collection but uses different cuts. It is grittier, and poorly produced, but makes a wonderful companion peice to the Rhino set.
Boogie, Chillun.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The creative innovative artistry of John Lee Hooker November 2, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening to Hooker for about 45 years. I can't say that there is a single Hooker side I have ever heard, at least until some of the last sides where other artists pitched in with him to do some CDs to help raise money to get him through his final illness, any single track by Hooker that I didn't think every single blues lover should have. Get this, and then get everything else Hooker did, whatever you can afford!

These recordings start with some of the initial hits that Hooker had when he first began to record blues and his great combination of electric guitar and basic modal blues won him great popularity. The originals like Boogie Chille and King Snake, followed by a bunch of remakes of hot R & B tunes like One Scotch One Bourbon one beer.

There seems to be a lot of later material here, where Hooker remakes not the R & B hits that are contemporary to him, but a number of "delta blues" tunes that became standards among blues performers playing for "folk" artists starting in the late 1960s.

Hooker is good all the time. Myself, I prefer the stuff from the 1940s and the early 1950s which were R & B oriented blues. His covers of songs made famous by Amos Milburn, Winnonie Harris, and even Charles Brown were great music and an important dialogue about the blues. I also prefer the two covers of non-Blues material, Jazz and pop standards here: "I cover the waterfront" and "Frisco Blues" which is really based on Tony Bennett's "I left my Heart in San Fransisco." There are really important statements about how the blues dialogues with the the tin pan alley method of song writing. They also speak to Hooker's power as a poet and a musican.

Like too many blues artists, Hooker tends to be reduced to a primitivist stereotype.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As Close as It Gets! September 15, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Let's get one thing straight: as of today 09/15/03, there is no "ultimate" John Lee Hooker collection. But with 31 of his best tracks, this Rhino mini-box comes the closest to Hooker nirvana. (There is a 10-CD set, Epitath, but since it would take a week to listen to it once, I'll pass.) The problem with compiling such a collection is implied in Boogie Man, Charles Shaar Murray's fine biography. Hooker recorded for a number of different labels, especially in his early days, and also under a variety of different names (John Lee Booker, John Lee Cooker, Little Pork Chop, etc.), so it takes a lot of legwork to figure out just which recordings were made by Hooker at all, much less obtain the rights to rerelease them. (Murray spends almost half the book on such detective work.) Therefore, such classic gems as "The Flood" and "Whiskey and Wimmen" are not included in this set. Still, it's a very good attempt. Rhino has chosen to start the collection with the track "Teachin' the Blues," which is an aural primer on how he created his unique sound. Thus educated, the listener can then move on to such primal tunes as "Boogie Chillun" (A live staple for virtually every major blues band from Canned Heat to Savoy Brown, this was the number Hooker chose to perform in a guest spot on the Rolling Stones Steel Wheels tour in the eighties.), "Crawling King Snake" (covered wonderfully by the Doors), "Boom, Boom" (the Animals), and his reinterpretation of an Amos Milburn song, here entitled "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer (which, when combined with John L's House Rent Boogie, was very well covered by George Thorogood). Read more ›
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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So why "only" four stars?
Well, the music is great, but Rhino could certainly have found room for more than 31 songs on two compact discs. And why include two versions of "In The Mood" when songs like "I'll Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive", "Onions" and "Old Time Shimmy" are missing?

The sad thing is that there are really no John Lee Hooker-compilations on the market that truly get it right. Either they're too short, or they're limited by the fact that the compilers were only able to chose from recordings made for one particular record company.
This one is the best of the lot in my view, though. It almost gets it right (although the missing "Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive" is a pretty big minus), and the sound quality is very, very good.

(If you're not against spending a little extra, you might also want to look for the fine Vee-Jay compilation "The Early Years", which also spans 31 tracks, many of them essential in the Hook's canon. It's been re-released on two CD's, but the contents - and the layout - are the same.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 2 months ago by Thomas Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr Hooker
Very nice recordings of John Lees work.Nice to have a wide example of his work thru the years including early years.
Published 6 months ago by Jerry Kohler
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Blues
I got in to classic blues heavily in the late 80s. This release was timed perfectly being released in 1991 to be my first purchase of JLH. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars HOOKER CD
THE CD DID HAVE ONLY ONE POOR SONG BUT I FOUND A WAY TO RETREIVE IT. SO THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT THE CD IS EXCELLENT.
Published 13 months ago by Donald P. Dunn
4.0 out of 5 stars Great hits, some near misses
Lots of music on these two discs. Many of them are great, but some aren't so great and could have been replaced by better songs. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars top notch
Top notch with most all of Hooker's distinctive beat hits. Sound quality is very good. Would recommend very highly to any blues fans.
Published on October 6, 2012 by Buckeye Jim
1.0 out of 5 stars Er, have a good look around first before you purchase
There's an online download available titled "John Lee Hooker 100 Blues Classics" which is very, very inexpensive. Read more
Published on June 7, 2011 by Bernard J. Demuth
5.0 out of 5 stars One of The Best Hooker Anthologies
John Lee Hooker: The Ultimate Collection 1948-1990 is one of the best, if not the best anthologies of the blues master early work and some of his later work. Read more
Published on April 3, 2007 by Terence Allen
3.0 out of 5 stars the ultimate collection 1948-1990 by john lee hooker
pretty good but a little disappointing for the price
Published on March 27, 2007 by Darlene Taunt
5.0 out of 5 stars 492 John Lee Hooker CD listings on Amazon and counting...
A truly original Emperor of the Blues has left behind a legacy that few of us can fathom. Where does one begin? Read more
Published on August 21, 2006 by David G. Lucas
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