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Hooker Box set

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John Lee Hooker, master bluesman and undisputed father of boogie, recorded for more than 30 labels over a span of 50 years. Amazingly, he has never had a definitive career box set, until now. Hooker is an 84-track, 4CD set that culls material from all eras of his lengthy career, produced in conjunction with his estate to serve as the definitive tribute to his legacy. Includes collaborations with Canned Heat, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, Carlos Santana, Van Morrison, Ry Cooder, Charles Brown, Los Lobos, Eric Clapton to name a few. Special packaging - Long form carton with matt celloglaze finish including 4 CDs in jewel cases, 60 page longfrom booklet.

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There's perfect symmetry in the way this four-disc anthology opens with a raw, solo acoustic 1948 rendition of John Lee Hooker's signature tune, "Boogie Chillen'," and then closes a half-century later with Eric Clapton teaming with Hooker on the same tune. Though the Mississippi bluesman who relocated to Detroit has been justly celebrated for his spellbinding repetitions and primal incantations, this comprehensive set shows just how much more range and depth there was to Hooker's music than basic boogie. Beyond the influential hits--"Dimples," "Boom Boom," and "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" among them--the set shows his music touching on everything from religion ("Moses Smote the Water," "We're All God's Chillen") to sociopolitical commentary ("Democrat Man," "King of the World"). Even so, sensual pleasure remained his prime inspiration, and few bluesmen have made sex and liquor sound as sexy and intoxicating as Hooker did. Included are selections from his career revivals spurred by disciples (1970's teaming with Canned Heat, 1989's Grammy-winning collaborations with Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, and others), but the most powerful Hooker is the earlier stuff that cuts closest to the bone. It may be surprising that it has taken Hooker this long to be memorialized with a comprehensive box set, but when you consider how many labels he recorded for (almost all of which he outlived) and under how many different names (Texas Slim, Johnny Williams, et al.), it’s quite an achievement that this set even exists. --Don McLeese

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Boogie Chillen
  2. Sally Mae
  3. Black Man Blues
  4. Hobo Blues
  5. Hoogie Boogie
  6. Weeping Willow Boogie
  7. Crawlin' King Snake
  8. Driften' From Door To Door
  9. Catfish Blues
  10. Moses Smote The Water
  11. Huckle Up Baby
  12. Wandering Blues
  13. Don't You Remember Me
  14. Notoriety Woman
  15. Let Your Daddy Ride
  16. John L's House Rent Boogie
  17. Bumble Bee Blues
  18. Leave My Wife Alone
  19. Just Me And My Telephone
  20. I'm In The Mood
  21. Blues For Big Town
  22. Stuttering Blues
  23. Down Child
  24. Boogie Rambler
  25. Baby You Ain't No Good
  26. I'm Ready

Disc: 2

  1. Dimples
  2. Every Night
  3. I'm So Exited
  4. I Love You Honey
  5. Tupelo Blues
  6. I Need Some Money
  7. Democrat Man
  8. No More Doggin'
  9. Gonna Use My Rod
  10. Whiskey And Wimmen
  11. No Shoes
  12. We're All God's Chillun
  13. I'm Goin' Upstairs
  14. Teachin' The Blues
  15. You Lost A Good Man
  16. Don't Turn Me From Your Door
  17. When My First Wife Quit Me
  18. Boom Boom
  19. She's Mine
  20. Frisco Blues
  21. Birmingham Blues
  22. Big Legs Tight Skirt
  23. It Serves Me Right To Suffer
  24. I'm Losin' You
  25. I Cover The Waterfront

Disc: 3

  1. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
  2. Let's Go Out Tonight
  3. Bottle Up And Go
  4. Let's Make It (Live)
  5. King Of The World (Live)
  6. I'm Bad Like Jesse James (Live)
  7. Think Twice Before You Go
  8. Mean Mean Woman
  9. Burning Hell
  10. Peavine
  11. I Got My Eyes On You
  12. Doin' The Shout
  13. Bluebird
  14. Early One Morning
  15. We'll Meet Again
  16. Loving People

Disc: 4

  1. Baby Lee
  2. I'm In The Mood
  3. The Healer
  4. Mr. Lucky
  5. I Cover The Waterfront
  6. This Is Hip
  7. Bottle Up And Go
  8. Same Old Blue Again
  9. Boom Boom
  10. Chill Out (Things Gonna Change)
  11. Tupelo
  12. Kiddio
  13. Dimples
  14. Don't Look Back
  15. Up And Down
  16. Mean Mean World
  17. Boogie Chillen'


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 31, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B000IU3YN2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,434 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Whether or not one will buy this killer box set may depend on the amount Hooker material you have in your collection. There's no question that this magnificent box set is the dinfinitive collection of John Lee Hooker material. It covers his entire recording career from the late 40's through the 90's. Still, it's a drop in the bucket considering the vast wealth of material he recorded over his 50 year career. One wouldn't be able to carry or afford his entire recording output. For new fans or people who may be a little "thin" with Hooker material, this is, without a doubt the way to go. As for me, I'm OK with John Lee Hooker cd's, but I do see this on my shelf in the near future. I mean what the heck, it's all Hooker and it's all good.

I do think they could of extended the set to another disc of material, along with a DVD of vintage Hooker in concert. They did it with the recently released Buddy Guy box set, "Can't Quit the Blues", with rave reviews. Anyway, no matter which way you slice it, you're getting quality John Lee Hooker material with this set. I consider this box set essential.

One more note for anyone who may be interested in early Hooker material. There's a 10 CD box set out there with vintage, mostly solo, Hooker recordings. I'm talking Johnny Lee with only guitar and a big o'l stomping foot. This isn't recomemmed for wimps, strictly die hard fans who enjoy this type of stuff. The better news is that the set is under $25.00. If you type in John Lee Hooker through Amazon, you'll come up with about 600 Hooker titles. You'll get a headache looking at all of them. But, if you type in John Lee Hooker: Portrait, which is tha name of this killer box set, you'll come to the page of this box set. I got a little pissed because the page didn't include any info on the set.
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This lavish boxed set is the first attempt to provide a comprehensive survey of John Lee Hooker's lengthy career. Hooker was active for more than 50 years, and in the early years recorded under a variety of pseudonyms so this is quite a daunting task. The first couple of CDs cover the early groundbreaking solo recordings he made for labels like Modern where his ominously pounding foot and over-amped guitar propel classics like "Boogie Chillun" and "Let Your Daddy Ride." Slowly expanding his band to include second guitar (usually Eddie Burns) and drums he moved on to Vee-Jay and Chess for the blasting "Mad Man Blues" and deep down in the alley for "Tupelo Blues." After years toiling on the blues circuit, the blues revival found him touring around the world as the "king of the boogie" and disc three shows him recording with the blues-rock band Canned Heat on "Burning Hell" and waxing his immortal ode to alcoholism, "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer." The final disc shows the elder statesman/lion in winter recording with a variety of blues and rock luminaries most successfully a simpatico relationship with Van Morrison that produced two gems, "I Cover the Waterfront" and "Don't Look Back." The liner notes and discographical information is very good with nice essays and photographs. Longtime Hooker collectors will have most of this music already, but those looking for an overview of the great musician's entire career should be pleased.
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This Cd set is a bit pricey but is out there for about $40.00 if you look hard enough. What a set! If you like blues, and I mean REAL blues, you will love this. If you're the type of blues fan that needs loud, fast , Stevie-Ray wanabees on CD, this is not for you. This set is way over due, has great sound, and spans Hooker's entire career. This guy was the real deal and there are few of his kind left. If you really love pure blues, this set will not disappoint.
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John lee hooker was a one of a kind bluesman who made some of the best music in the buisness for 50 years and to his die hard fans like me collecting his discography is a lifetime work in progress. because in those 50 years he recorded 100 different albums and several hundred singles for no less than 10 different labels. What this box set does is give you about a hundred of those tracks over 4 disks in chronological order showing the growth of johnny from solo man with a stompin foot to band leader to legend playing with the likes of eric clapton,carlos santana and van morrison. I can say with out hesitation that this boxset is the best overview of his 50 years that you can get for the money, with every track crisp,clear and amazing. The reason then you might wonder is why do I give it four stars ? because at the end of the day its just a drop in the bucket and if you like this you can go find the MANY other compilations and anthologys with just as much great hooker. Some with just as many tracks covering a mere 3 or 4 year period.

but to reiterate if you are looking to buy only one hooker album and your tastes run higher than a one cd compilation
(some great ones include "the definitive john lee hooker" and "the best 1965-1974") I whole heartdly reccomend this collection,but as I said its still just the tip of the iceberg.
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This box set is worth the price even though he has released many albums. All the songs on all four cds are great. And it comes with a book on his life and his music this is a must have. Dont pass this legend up this is the box set to have.
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