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Most times when a bluesman makes an album packed with superstar guests, it means that the music's going to take a beating. (For proof, hear B.B. King's 1997 Deuces Wild.) These 13 tunes are an exception. Ten are collected from previous CDs, so they represent the cream of Hooker's collaborations. His "Baby Lee" with Robert Cray is a joy. So is "I'm in the Mood", where Hooker hams it up with Bonnie Raitt. Oddly, he even fits into Santana's Latin groove on "The Healer". This album's three brand-new pairings with famous guitarists are mixed. Eric Clapton adds hot sauce to Hooker's sassy classic "Boogie Chillen". and Ben Harper's wah- wah and slide guitar gives "Burnin' Hell" a psychedelic sizzle. However, Ry Cooder's turn on "Big Legs Tight Skirt" is atypically anonymous. --Ted Drozdowski
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For a person who could barely read or write it is a great testament to the mans talent, that the guest artists on this album read like a who's who in the modern blues scene.
With the likes of Bonnie Raitt to Robert Cray anyone who knows anything about the blues, this is the man who lived and felt the music he played all his life.
The great attraction for anybody who is a fan are tracks that were recorded for this album especially.
As with all of Johns modern recordings the sound is of the highest quality, on the tracks that are just guitar and vocal you can hear his foot tapping on the stool he is sitting on, this set of songs could never do justice to such a long recording career but if you are new to this mans music it's a great starting point!
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.
a great collaboration of singers playing and singing with the great John lee hooker, can't stop listening to it!!!!
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fantastic album, love john lee,great service from amazon, have played it to deathPublished 20 months ago by joseph paul mescus