John Lee Hooker's deep, baritone growl and infectious boogie rhythms personify the sound of original delta blues like no-one else, and have almost certainly influenced more blues and rock musicians worldwide than anyone else in the 20th century. `Mr. Lucky' released in 1991 was John Lee's second Pointblank label collaboration album (following on from 1989's `The Healer'), where a stellar cast of younger musicians stand in line for the honor of recording with the great master: Albert Collins, Van Morrison, Ry Cooder, John Hammond, Carlos Santana, Johnnie Johnson, Robert Cray, Johnny Winter and Keith Richards all feature and the result is a fitting tribute to one of the 20th century's most iconic and enduring natural talents.
The result is better than you might expect. Stand-out tracks would be boogie-woogie numbers `Father was a jockey', `I want to hug you', `Stripped me naked' and the slow 6-minute `I cover the waterfront' with Van Morrison's soulful tenor proving the perfect counterpoint to John Lee's rich, low-register soul-croon in a sublime duet which lingers in memory.
The album contains some of John Lee's last great recordings, and is worthy of any serious collection.