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on 22 December 2012
Before I review this album there's one VERY important point to be aware of. There are two different versions of Endless Boogie available on CD, the original release by MCA and a later re-release by BGO. The MCA disc features the complete album. However, BGO decided for some inexplicable reason to remove four tracks from their release, so the BGO CD is missing approximately 24 minutes of music. Therefore my advice is to avoid the BGO release and stick with MCA. That way you get the complete album, plus the MCA mastering is very good with a nice warmth to the sound.

OK! On with the review...

I'm very surprised to see other reviewers recommend this album to fans of Hooker's 50s/60s work, or claim it to to be "nothing out of the ordinary". On both counts this album is a distinct musical diversion from what one would normally expect with Hooker.

The easiest way to describe the album's general vibe is John Lee Hooker meets the "LA Woman" groove of The Doors via the "Cry of Love" guitar stylings of Jimi Hendrix. The album's concept mirrors that of the slightly earlier Hooker and Heat, so once again we see Mr. Hooker teaming up with a bunch of younger musicians who are given an equal amount of creative freedom. Although Hooker and Heat is by far the more widely recognised of the two albums, I would argue Endless Boogie to be the superior of the pair. The former comes across very much as being a one-off union, whereas the latter sounds very much like a unified working band at their peak, so tightly locked in to the groove that they seem almost telepathic at times.

The boogie isn't quite as "endless" as the title would suggest, although the average track length is about 6 minutes. There are some slower numbers peppering the album, but when the boogie hits the spot it does feel endless in the best possible sense. And when things slow down they tend to simmer, hypnotically so.

My rating for Endless Boogie?

On MCA, A solid five stars.

The BGO release? Because of the removal of almost 25 minutes of the original album, three stars.
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on 26 October 2015
Different tracks to the original version which was one of my all time JLH favourites.
This version is excellent with a couple of songs I have not heard before. Get in your car alone, full volume and literally drive those Blues away, smiling!
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on 23 September 2015
Outstanding blues (with boogie) album, dare I say the best blues album ever, John Lee speaks from the depths!
You will not be disappointed - a real find!
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on 8 September 2013
I would recommend this to all john lee hooker fans , all of the tracks are just brilliant, go on I dare you to buy and you will love it
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on 1 February 2014
Nothing out if the ordinary but simply hooker being Hooker, excellent playing for all lovers of the blues. You will enjoy this.
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on 16 August 2013
remember this from way back when I rolled by own
as it were.
hooker just has the y factor
so y not buy it
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on 18 January 2014
If you love the blues from the 50/60s you will love this album, This is John Lee Hooker at his best.
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