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Very Best of John Lee Hooker

John Lee HookerAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 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 (January 29, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B0010DJ19W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,023,402 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Stuff Legends Are Made Of! 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that good... August 16, 2000
By A Customer
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Intro to Hooker's Work July 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
For those who aren't familiar with the Hook (1917-2001, RIP), this is an excellent introduction. Those who have heard other versions of "Boogie Chillen" will admit that the enclosed version is not the best, but the uninitiated may enjoy. "Huckle Up baby" and "In The Mood" give good examples of "early Hook's" style (dig "JLH-The Modern Recordings" if you like his acoustic stuff). Of course theire's "Boom Boom " in it's classic glory and there is the collaboration with Canned Heat "Burning Helll" with Al Wilson tearing up the harmonica and Hooker sounding like a high priest of Voodoo in a hypnotic trance (the night Hooker died recently, I played htis song over and over in tribute). Some fans may be put off by the exclusion of "Tupelo," "Birmingham," Democrat Man," etc. But like I said, it's just an introduction. Enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll tell you a story, now... October 15, 2004
By Dan
Format:Audio CD
This was the first JLH cd that I ever bought, and with good reason. It covers a good number of his obvious classics like Boogie Chillen and Boom Boom, which are of course the ones everyone wants. However, it also has some other amazing songs that really show what the Hook was all about.

John Lee Hooker was a truly unique bluesman... he was more of a storyteller. His songs often abandon the standard 12-bar phrases, remaining in 1 key most of the song, and in between the instrumental breaks he would simply tell you a story about his blues. Normally this would get old but the Hook makes it interesting... his really great voice certainly helps. He improvised most of his lyrics - If you've seen the version of Boom Boom on the movie the Blues Brothers you'll know what I'm talking about. His playing style was also really unique, going from a steady rollin' wall of chords to perfectly timed single string picks.

This CD demonstrates his many styles beautifully, every song being good. This guy released a mess of LP's, 45's, 78's, you name it, and finding all the good stuff is hard. This CD has a lot of it. If you are new to the blues or the Hook in genral, you will definitely wanna pick up this CD, and hear this legend's story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boom Boom Boom Boom.... 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
5.0 out of 5 stars pioneer of the blues 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Legendary and Prolific Bluesman! 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars John lee hooker fan
I enjoy hearing the blues and his stuff is the best. this one is for any one thats a fan.
Published 8 months ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
5.0 out of 5 stars Soulful
Deep feelings/fine music. Always good for a listen. He's one of the significant blues artists currently laying it on the line.
Published 10 months ago by Adriana
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely had to have this one
Always been a fan of John Lee Hooker's music and this disc didn't let me down! One of the greats!
Published 15 months ago by P. Bates
3.0 out of 5 stars good compilation
I love this guy like every fan of blues does, but this compilation could (and should) be better: of course, 2 discs with the earlier records is an indisputable valuable reporting,... Read more
Published 19 months ago by andrada
5.0 out of 5 stars John Lee Hooker, blues artist at his finest
First off I must admit that I don't generally follow blues. Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf just don't appeal to me. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Christopher C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Best of John Lee Hooker
Better than the CD that I ordered 2 CDs 45 songs, great buy.Great for any Blues collection.Blues at it's very best.
Published 21 months ago by Jerry W Suttles
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my all time best library finds
Thank God for da Miami-Dade Public Library System. I located this gem there. JLH music is a national treasure. Here U have the basic introduction. Read more
Published 24 months ago by robb sososikwitit
4.0 out of 5 stars THE BOOGIE MAN
JOHN LEE HOOKER-THE VERY BEST: THE BLUES BROTHERS drafted their classic "look"...dark shades, dark fedora, dark suit... Read more
Published on August 12, 2012 by Jukebox Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars It's great!
This CD is a great sampling of John Lee Hookers music. I love it.
Published on August 10, 2010 by Lordley
4.0 out of 5 stars The Boogie Chillen" Man
I have poured out kudos to the likes of Howlin' Wolf, Skip James, Son House, Bukka White and an assortment of other legendary male acoustic and electric blues guitar players in... Read more
Published on April 21, 2009 by Alfred Johnson
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