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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing But The Best, And Later For The Garbage., 17 July 2011
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R. A. Johnson "raoul_malaria" (Britain.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: CANNED HEAT & JOHN LEE HOOKER/HOOKER N H (Audio CD)
When this album was recorded in 1971, Hooker was in one of the more turbulent periods of his life - recently divorced, he had relocated from Detroit, home for the best part of thirty years, to the Bay Area of San Fransisco. We can assume that he was in a raw sort of state, then, when Canned Heat asked him to record an album with them for the Liberty label.

Rock's collaboration with the blues has a dubious history, notably the painfully 'psychedelic' experiments to which Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters were subjected. That 'Hooker & Heat' turned out to be a triumph is largely because the boys from the Heat kept themselves very much to a supporting role and treated it as an extended John Lee Hooker session.

Miked up to modern technology, Hooker's classic style, trance-like boogies, ruminative baritone and endlessly stomping foot, had never sounded so good or so fresh, and Hooker repaid the Heat's faith by bringing with him his best form for years. Whether on the hotter boogies like 'Send Me Your Pillow' and 'Meet Me In The Bottom,' or the cut-to-the-bone sorrowful 'Alimonia Blues' Hooker achieves some of the most intense performances of his recorded career.

While Hooker himself is the obvious hero of the sessions, the real revelation is Alan Wilson. Hooker was notoriously difficult to accompany, given as he was to playing eleven, thirteen, or fifteen bar blues as and when he felt like it, but Wilson - supplying harp, guitar and piano accompaniment - is here as lithe and intuitive a player as Hooker himself. "I dig this kid's harmonica," Hooker remarks at the beginning of one track. "I don't know how he follow me, but he do."

This is one of John Lee Hooker's best albums, which makes it, frankly, one of the high points of recorded blues. It didn't last long; Wilson died even before the album was mixed, and the downbeat cover features his black-edged portrait hanging on the wall of a hotel room. Record label ABC tried to reproduce the magic of the sessions by matching Hooker with a medley of Big Rock Names which succeeded only in showing how right Canned Heat had got it by just letting the Hook be the Hook.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A perfect pairing of mentor and disciples., 22 Mar. 2009
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Hooker 'N Heat is a double album released by Canned Heat and John Lee Hooker in 1970.

Around this time a lot of performers of electrified blues were taking the music across into blues-rock. This was to my mind inferior and tended to involve longwinded soloing at the expense of songs and feel.

This album however is characterised by the music of Hooker at his best - its all about the boogie. Trancelike grooves sometimes staying on one chord are the mainstay.

Its strange to think that in the states this was the first time Hooker troubled the billboard album charts. It was probably Canned Heat's involvement that made that possible. But these disciples were perfect foils for the older master, and they give him plenty of respect and space to do his thing. And John Lee's thing is pretty fine. Its a shame that his much later team-ups with various rock and blues stars for a series of "with guests" projects were not executed with the same good taste as these cuts.

If you prefer bump and grind to overheated widdly diddly guitar soloing, then this is the perfect blues record for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooker'n'Heat: Canned Heat and John Lee Hooker-Young Turks Canned Heat show they are more than capable of messin' with the Hook, 9 Jun. 2011
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: CANNED HEAT & JOHN LEE HOOKER/HOOKER N H (Audio CD)
At the forefront of the late sixties blues revival was Canned Heat. With a love of the music and a unique sound, they helped bring blues and boogie to whole new generation. John Lee Hooker had helped start the blues and boogie style that so inspired them, so how fitting that they should get the chance to record with the great man.

Recording a set of John Lee Hooker tracks, and with Hooker himself adding vocals, guitar and foot stomps, Canned Heat did the impossible and managed to put their own stamp on the tracks. It's boogie of the highest order, played by a bunch of guys who are having a whole load of fun and just feeling the magic in the air. Hooker remarked that it was like he'd been playing with them all his life, so well did he merge with the group.

The result is a record full of easy going foot stomping chilled boogie that is one of my favourite albums from either artist. Classic stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Basic John Lee blues, 5 April 2013
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Barry Spall (Essex) - See all my reviews
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Primarily a John Lee Hooker album. Very basic earthy sound which is great if you are a John Lee fan, like myself.
Not too much contribution from Canned Heat members, except Al Wilson. Sounds very much like they all got together in a studio for a couple of days and listened to their hero John Lee and what's wrong with that?
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5.0 out of 5 stars An essential purchase, 19 May 2013
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Mr. P. L. Mooney "Mr. Paul L. Mooney" (Edinburgh, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Bringing veteran blues men into the recording studio with younger rock musicians has rarely led to successful collaborations but this is one exception that proves the rule. One of the reasons is that Canned Heat who were a blues band through and through, had obviously listened to and respected a lot of John Lee Hooker’s music. Another successful ingredient was the amps used to recreate that classic Hooker sound from the 1950’s.
Originally released on the Liberty label in 1971, BGO reissued this in 2005 with John Tobler’s useful booklet notes on Canned Heat and Hooker. Much of the album is Hooker playing on his own and as the album progresses Hooker loosens up and becomes more confident. The studio chatting is fascinating – on one occasion Bob ‘The Bear’ Hite reassures Hooker that as he has recorded several tracks then they can make a triple album: Hooker swiftly responses that if that is the case then he is expecting triple money.
The album highlight’s are when harp player Al Wilson joins Hooker on some memorable tracks such as ‘Drifter’, (the liner notes mistakenly describe Hooker playing solo on this track) ‘You Talk Too Much’, and the excellent ‘Burning Hell’. The rest of the band (minus Hite) join Hooker and Wilson for the last three rocking tracks culminating in a rousing ‘Boogie Chillen No. 2’. This is one of the best blues albums ever recorded and over 40 years later it still sounds fresh and exhilliarating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best blues album ever?, 21 Jan. 2014
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Canned Heat used their success to persuade their record company to allow them to make this album where essentially they become Hooker's backing band. The tracks that Hooker recorded with just Alan Wilson accompanying him are some of the best Hooker ever recorded. An essential purchase for any John Lee Hooker fan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Late Great John Lee Hooker with the inimitable Canned Heat., 11 Jan. 2014
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This must be one of the best collaborations between a bluesman of the older school and one of the new bands of the sixties/ seventies. John Lee Hooker was a very forward looking artist and it shows up here. Terrific Album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hooker n heat, 6 Dec. 2013
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Brilliant album full of infectious, driving, riff-ridden blues-it's a real hidden gem for all officionados of the genre. I loved it!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 July 2014
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Just brilliant. So pleased I took the chance to buy this CD. You should as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really cool blues., 30 April 2013
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Early John Hooker meets established Canned Heat equals interesting blues mix.Shame that the latter disappeared relatively in the 1970's,burnt out and tired of the music scene!Some tracks tend to sound repeptitive but overall a worthy alternative,at the time to glam rock,and easy listening.But now all gone but the memories and some great old fashioned rock and roll.
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