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Don't Look Back

John Lee Hooker Audio CD
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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 (10 Mar 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000000WD2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,085 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dimples
2. The Healing Game
3. Ain't No Big Thing
4. Don't Look Back
5. Blues Before Sunrise
6. Spellbound
7. Travellin' Blues
8. I Love You Honey
9. Frisco Blues
10. Red House
11. Rainy Day

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1997 ALBUM WITH VAN MORRISON AND LOS LOBOS

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't look back! 4 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
Some real soft, long, classic blues on this album. It's quite chilled apart from a few up-tempo jams. Produced by Van Morrison, and he turns up singing duets on 3 or 4. Didn't like this version of 'Blues Before Sunrise' but that's just me. Loved most of the rest. Well worth it if you're getting into Hooker's blues sound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T LOOK BACK. 16 April 2013
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JLH and van morrison,sorry folks this is as good as it gets,also look out for another track of these two (l cover the water front )on the album JLH and FRIENDS, what a loss .
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5.0 out of 5 stars King of the Blues! 6 Feb 2013
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As Van the Man himself says....John Lee Hooker...King of the Blues, King of the Blues! Thank you, John. Thank you, Van.
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Lee Hooker Don't look back 25 Nov 2011
By Lidija
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CD is perfect and in perfect condition. Everything was done in time and without any problems. Thank you for good cooperation.
All the best!
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4.0 out of 5 stars John Lee Hooker's last (real) CD 25 Jun 2001
By Curtis J. George - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD recorded in 1997 by John Lee Hooker, was his last real recording. There was a CD released in 1998 called THE BEST OF FRIENDS, however it was just a re-release of classic tracks recorded by John Lee Hooker and friends. This CD, DON'T LOOK BACK, is the closest thing that you are going to find to the voice of this gritty blues man before his death four years later.

This CD won two Grammy awards in 1997. The first for, Best Traditional Blues Album and the second for, Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, on the song, "Don't Look Back" with Van Morrison. However, if you were to ask me, the first track, "Dimples," is the best track on this disk.

The last song on the CD, "Rainy Days" seems to sum up John Lee's long and difficult life: "Rainy day in my heart...ain't gonna rain no more in my heart...it's all over baby...the pain is gone...you can't hurt me no more...it use to rain both night and day...teardrops raining from my eyes...you can't hurt me no mor!e...the pain is gone...it don't hurt no more...it ain't gonna rain no more in my hurt...my eyes...it's all over..."

The back of the CD also shows a picture of John Lee walking down the sidewalk with his back to the viewer, waving his hand as if to say goodbye. The man is gone, but his music lives on, and this CD is the closest thing out there to how he sounded before he died.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some Fine Blues... 27 Mar 2004
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This is Hooker's latest original recording and the last one before he died in 2001. I have to say it's quite different from most Hooker recordings I've heard. It is very important to note that this CD is one big collaboration with Van Morrison, and the blues you'll hear here (with the exception of the first track) are mellow, laid back, and smooth. It's an excellent recording, although more mainstream than the real raw Hooker that can be heard on earlier recordings. He's aged like fine wine, and at about 80 years old, I'd say he's holding his own with amazing class :)
If you're new to Hooker, start either with this CD or "Healer". Healer is also an excellent recording (it does, however, have a lot more guest musicians). On this disk, you hear a more diluted Hooker, but you need to hear this before you hear the real raw Hooker.
The first track with Los Lobos is excellent - makes you want to get up and dance. Second and Fourth track are duets with Morrison and are both excellent work. Red House is a take on a Hendrix classic, and while the guitar work can't compare to the Hendrix guitar, the vocals, I thought, are a lot better, grittier, more bluesy than Hendrix's own version.
Get it - you won't regret it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars doesn't get better 31 Jan 2003
By "enfirno" - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're a fan of Van Morrison and his mellow style then you'll love this blues album. Of all the distinctive voices out there, John Lee's has to be the most unique. His almost-mumble singing plays well with Van's high pitched repetative style. An excellent collaboration produced by Van. A must have by fans of both musicians. Standout : "Don't Look Back".
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A John Lee album essential. 6 Nov 2011
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This is definitely an album for your colllection or if you like extended play blues music during a long social event or just hanging around the house. The music selection is very well balanced and John Lee's vocals are sure to impress.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Artistry and innovation, what Johnnie Lee was 3 Nov 2004
By Tony Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Like too many blues artists, Hooker tends to be reduced to a primitivist stereotype. Rather than being a creative artist whose depth of spirit, intellect, music and poetry create a new power and product with his music, he is misinterpreted as some kind of relict of an older or truer blues tradition. Rather than a real artist, he is dehumanized as the real thing! Nothing could be further from the truth. Nothing could minimize his artistry more.

Hooker's music falls into the generation of the R & B bluesmen of the late 1940s who brought the stream of music from the Delta--Johnny Lee being from Clarksdale--to the North, Muddy Waters to Chicago, Johnny Lee to Detroit. Johnny's music, particularly his music from the late 1940s and 1950s when he was popular not among white ex folkies or whites who think they love the blues, but in the Black community, is impossible to understand outside of the context of postwar R & B, not the initial delta blues. The dance rhythm that proceeds from Boogie Chillun, King Snake, Boom Boom Boom, wouldn't have worked in a 1920s Juke Joint. It belongs someplace like Henry's Swing Club where a rockin' rhythm is coming from the attempt to combine the power of swing with the rock of the blues that created R & B in the 1940s.

Hooker was a highly sophisticated musician who developed his own off-shoot from the traditional trajectory of blues artists. Starting with the great female blues stars and Blind Lemon Jefferson, the direction of blues has been to harmonize the essential modal African-based musics of the blues.

Hooker took the music in an entirely different method, by returning to the modal base of the music. To do so he essentially goes away from the tendency of blues musicians to develop the music into a band music. He solves the problem of filling the sound that had become expected without the harmonizing basis for different instruments to work together in a band by technological innovation, not tradition. He was the first bluesman to take full advantage of the ability of electric guitars and amplifiers to do more than make the sound of a guitar louder. He used the settings on guitar, amplified, and recording studio to create a new and different sound, and used the amplification to fill the spaces in the music others would need bands to fill. This decision was really in the vanguard of the electric guitar revolution in blues, rock, country, and all popular music that exploded in the 1950s and has yet to end.

Hooker with accompanying musicians and bands. Some of the best sides came when he was recorded not with other blues players but with some of the top Jazz players in the late 1950s. His modal music, excellent timing, free form improvisation and general cool made his records sell not only among blues players but Jazz lovers back in the day. This speaks to how advanced his rhythmic sense really was. There was also a confluence between Hooker and some of the most advanced Jazz players of the late 1950s and 1960s who sought similar modal solutions to the problems of jazz improvisation.

Get this, and then get everything else Hooker Did. My favorites are the recordings Hooker did in the late 1940s and early 1950s aimed at an R & B audience as well as the sides he did in the 1960s for Vee-Jay a Black owned record company that produced him as a quality artist with great soundwork and free selection of his material. Hooker is really an electric artist, so some of the sides cut during the 1960's "folk revival" where he's made to play an acoustic are kind of an insult to his artistry and history, though like everything Hooker did,they were great music.
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