on 2 August 2005
This is my personal favourite JLH album and certainly the best album of contemporary luminaries jamming with one of the old masters (sic the Muddy Waters/Howlin' Wolf London Sessions) - Having earned his spurs the hard way in jook joints and clubs around the US, John Lee became the respected elder statesman of the Blues! He was one of the triumvirate of the guys from the early days (along with Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf) to be feted by white musicians and rock stars in the 60s. He recorded several albums of Blues classics in a modern idiom. This album came off the back of the 1970 'Endless Boogie' featuring the talents of Steve Miller,a stalwart of JLH albums, Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite and Van Morrison amongst others.
The tracks on this album just plunk along with that raw, intense bluesiness but with a kick and a lilt and at times a funky edge that George Clinton and Sly Stone would be proud of. 'Boogie with the Hook' is just that - An excuse for all the musicians to let rip and just go for it! This is not an album with well-crafted songs or polished virtuosity, but a bunch of guys with a zeal and passion for music that you just don't hear these days and it's just amazing! The finale, the title track, is awesome conveying the whole essence of the Blues in a tour de force workout - Elvin Bishop's guitar work is sublime and Van Morrison and JLH dueting, both egging each other to tell their story of the Blues is monumental. If you don't have this album in your collection, ask yourself why and then order it!
on 24 March 2014
Once again another great pressing from Music on Vinyl. Dead quiet. I never check for flatness as i use a record clamp which flattens the vinyl to the platter anyway.
I've got a few MOV releases now and some can tend to a little sterile due to being digital transfers to vinyl.
This one sounds warm just as it should do but with a touch of digital clarity. The bass is great, warm, but tight and extended.
It's not my favourite Hooker album, that honour goes to The Real Folk Blues which is a stonking album. This album is very very good however.