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Very Best of John Lee Hooker


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1. Boogie Chillen'
2. Crawlin' King Snake
3. Hobo Blues
4. Huckle Up Baby
5. I'm In the Mood
6. I Need Some Money
7. Dimples
8. Boom Boom
9. Shake It Baby
10. Big Legs, Tight Skirt
11. It Serves Your Right To Suffer
12. You Know, I Know
13. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
14. I'm Bad Like Jesse James
15. Burning Hell
16. Terraplane Blues

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  • Audio CD (January 29, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0010DJ19W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,323,379 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By deepbluereview on June 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Every once in a while, a budget disc comes along that is surprisingly good. Such is the case with Rhino Records release of "The Very Best of John Lee Hooker." On this release, Rhino combines 16 stand out tracks and some nice liner notes which briefly describe the man as well as the origin of each of the tracks. The selection of songs range from Hooker's signature "Boogie Chillen'" recorded in 1948 through "Terraplane Blues" recorded with slide man Roy Rogers in 1987. This is not a comprehensive collection nor was it ever intended to be. Instead, you get a flavor for a younger John Lee Hooker and his amazing guitar work. The recording quality is excellent especially considering the age of the songs. Well worth the purchase.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
There are much better John Lee Hooker collections than this one. Half of the songs on this disc are early (pre-1960) JLH, and it's relatively short. Unless you especially like Hooker's early work, I would find a different collection. I much prefer Hooker's later work in which his deep, growling voice is fully developed. I would instead recommend the wonderful The Best Of John Lee Hooker 1965-1974, which has a lot more music from Hooker's best period.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By therosen VINE VOICE on October 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
John Lee Hooker is a spectacular musician, who influences musicians from Carlos Santana to George Thurgood to ZZ Top. This album captures many of his top songs.

Boom Boom is his signature toon, repopularized in the Blues Brothers Movie. Crawlin' King Snake captures his unique style of Delta Blues. One Bourbon, One Scotch and One Beer is his downtempo classic blues number that was later amped up by George Thurgood.

Two tracks are missing from what would be a more complete album or set: Onions is a song more popularized as Green Onions by Booker T and the MGs. (Not sure if JLH got the credit) It pops up in movies and commercials several times a year. The House Rent Blues was fused onto One Bourbon, One Scotch and One Beer by Thurgood, and would have been a worthy addition too.

Certainly a worthy album for any afficianado of the Blues, and anyone interested in hearing some history behind Rock and Roll.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian Fearnley on September 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
There is nothing like drawing the shades close, putting on a set of headphones, and listening to a good John Lee Hooker disc. Whether it be something from the late 40's or his newest releases back in 2000 with John Lee Hooker and Friends. That is what was great about this man, he just got better as time went on. To start out, The Very Best of John Lee Hooker is a great way to get into him if you are interested in the blues. You wont be dissapointed. The Classic Boom Boom, One Scotch, One Beer, are great, but the others that you may never heard of are just as good. It serves You Right To Suffer, Burnig Hell, and Crawlin' King Snake are just a couple on this cd that will grab you. I give this disc 5 stars and then some.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brian Kerecz on July 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Some of John Lee Hooker's best known songs are compiled from his many years and albums onto this budget CD, with not one being one you will skip over. From "Boogie Chillen'" to "Boom, Boom," they are all here. Even the songs which made others famous, such as "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer."

"I'm Bad Like Jesse James" is a favorite of mine, with this particular song showing his inimitable rambling style so strikingly, a style which over the years can be found less and less.

It should be noted that the version of "I'm in the mood" on this album is different than the Chess side he recorded with the Chess brothers (I actually prefer the more polished Chess side). But regardless, each song is representative of a different time in his life, as this legendary bluesman recorded over 100 albums during his lifetime, one of the most prolific bluesmen in history.

A must own for any lover of the blues.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is indeed "The very best" of John Lee Hooker. It captures music from different times in his career, from his first "hit," "Boogie Chillen'" to "Boom Boom" to "I'm Bad Like Jesse James" to "Terraplane Blues."

I'll mention just a few to illustrate. "Boogie Chillen'" is noted as his first hit (1949). The guitar playing is extremely simple--but almost hypnotic in its effect. The simple riff is described by Hooker as "just an old funky lick I found." One theme is how boogie woogie is just trying to get out of him!

"Boom Boom" features a good ensemble playing well together. This song became visible after the Animals covered it and reached a wider audience. A nice set of lines well sung:

"She walked that walk and talked that talk;

And whispered in my ear,

And tell me that you love me.

I love that talk

When you talk like that."

His distinctive voice well serves this song.

"I'm Bad like Jesse James" begins with the central tag line for the song: "I'm mad, I'm bad like Jesse James." This is a story-telling song, telling what the singer is planning for someone who fooled around with his wife. And he gets mad (like Jesse James). He describes three guys he knows who will take care of the bad guy. He goes through a few scenarios, warning off the cad. Pretty graphic! The rhythmic drum playing works well, accenting the development of the story. This is classic John Lee Hooker.

This is a nice introduction to the work of one of the legendary blues singers. Those interested in learning more about the blues would be well advised to consider this CD.
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