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The Best of Friends John Lee Hooker

John Lee HookerAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 20, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pointblank
  • ASIN: B00000DCER
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,315 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Boogie Chillen
2. This Is Hip
3. The Healer
4. I Cover The Waterfront
5. Boom Boom
6. I'm In The Mood
7. Burnin' Hell
8. Tupelo
9. Baby Lee
10. Dimples
11. Chill Out (Things Gonna Change)
12. Big Legs Tight Skirt
13. Don't Look Back

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Product Description

The Hook's definitive duets album, remastered and expanded! Up and Down with Johnnie Johnson joins Boogie Chillen with Eric Clapton; The Healer with Carlos Santana; Dimples with Los Lobos; the Grammy-winning I'm in the Mood with Bonnie Raitt and Don't Look Back with Van Morrison, and more.

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The premise behind this compilation is somewhat unusual: classic tracks, yes, but classic tracks recorded by John Lee Hooker... and friends. Charles Brown, Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder, Los Lobos, and Bonnie Raitt are only some of the performers who appear here, and the tracks, selected from recordings made by the prolific guitarist since 1988, show that Hooker hasn't lost his touch. Among the highlights, there's a smokin' duet with Raitt on "I'm in the Mood," a rendition of "Boom Boom" with a guest appearance from Jimmie Vaughan, and a reprise of Hooker's 1956 hit "Dimples" with Los Lobos backing up. Mention must also be made of the lone solo track on this CD, the acoustic "Tupelo," which hearkens to Hooker's Delta blues roots. There are also three previously unreleased tracks, which are probably the real reason to get this compilation. --Genevieve Williams

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great CD for people new to the blues. January 7, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I've been a Johnny Lee fan for a long time. When I heard this CD I had to Have it! It is made up of Duets with people such as Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Vaughan....an all-star cast.
The songs are from Johnny's vast career, but done with the other artist's style meshed with Johnny's. They really did a wonderful job with this CD.
And if you are new to the blues, have no fear buying this CD, in fact it is a great "first blues" CD for your collection...Enjoy!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
Blues fans will be pleasantly surprised by this recording pairing the master himself with some of the finest musicians alive today. Special mention should be made of "I Cover the Waterfront" and "Don't Look Back" which feature the soulful voice and guitar of Van Morrison, as well as the familiar touch of Carlos Santana in "The Healer". Last, but certainly not least, adorers of Bonnie Raitt will love the playful duet she and Hooker provide in "I'm in the Mood".
BUY THIS CD, lower the lights, crank up the volume, and be swept away. You won't regret it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Blues Greatness Here December 23, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you love the electric blues and blues slide guitar, this is a must-have album for your collection. Many of the songs are instantly recognizable blues patterns that have set the style for generations of blues and rock superstars. John Lee Hooker is on a par with B.B. King, Robert Johnson and other classic great blues artists. The repertoire of session musicians from the likes of Carlos Santana, Jimmy Vaughn, Bonnie Raitt, and Eric Clapton are not to be missed. John Lee Hooker set a blues standard - get this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have Album if you only get one of JLH November 6, 2011
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This Album is a must-have for the sole reason that it's the best collection of songs. "waterfront" is hauntingly beautiful that reminds us of friends we miss while "don't look back" is an inspiring ballad to renew chapters in our lives. Vocals are impressive and guitar work even more so. Santana does a great piece too with JLH and gives the selection a Latin twist. Get that mojito going and sit back with this Album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of John Lee Hooker and Friends June 17, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My husband and I are great Blues fans with a particular liking for John Lee Hooker. Our friend James brought the CD around at New Year and we just had to have it. Blues music is a bit hard to come by in the local music stores which tend focus on more commercial stuff. WE have quite a few John Lee CDs and this one rounds off the collection nicely. I particularly like track 6 with Bonnie Raitt and the Santana one
Recommend highly to any Blues fan
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5.0 out of 5 stars great track February 3, 2014
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i had it, heard it before and got gifts for friends and like blues, jazz, and the artists on it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Friends John Lee Hooker December 28, 2013
By Nancy
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I heard some cuts from this CD on the radio while in my car and when I got home I went directly to my computer and ordered it. It's John Lee Hooker and friends. What els is there to say?
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One of the best songs ever and these skeezers know it...come on!!! We would pay $2 for that single, Give It!
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