Before buying this album i was already a fan of john lee hooker's early work. He had a completely unique blues sound and voice. He also broke just about every 'rule' in the blues; rarely playing 'stardard 12 bars' and changing chord pretty much whenever he felt like it. This freeness in his style made his music sound raw, almost like a 'Delta Holler'. The lack of a set set structure and chord sequence in his music made it very difficult for other musicians to follow so when buying this album i wasn't sure what to expect musically.
I pressed play and out of the speakers came the most stomping, powerful version of boogie chillen i've ever heard. Other highlight tracks on the album have to be, 'The Healer', 'Boom Boom', 'I'm in the Mood', 'Dimples' and 'Chill Out'. The album is definitely full of variety.
All of the guest artists bring their own flavours but the album still retains all the feel, and blues power of john lee hooker's style. Carlos Santana's input's on the album is by far the most fruitfull. The combination of Carlos' screaming, intense guitar playing and his latin feel with john lee's moody, laid back, blues vocals result in almost a completely different style of music. In spite of his years, John Lee Hooker's vocals are on excellent form, and carry the same emotion as always.
What makes this album so good is the way the different guest artist's interpret John Lee's music and adapt their playing but still add their own flavour while retaining John Lee Hooker's whole music style. The music on this album has a slightly stricter structure than most of his early work, making it far easier for people who are new to his style to appreciate.
I would definitely reccomend this album to someone new to John Lee Hooker's music. Its a fantastic collection of his latter day music with great feel and the same raw sounding vocals of his earlier work.