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Don't Turn Me From Your Door: John Lee Hooker Sings His Blues [Us Import] Import
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This set of 1953 sessions consists of lesser-known John Lee Hooker material, but it's none the worse for that; Don't Turn Me from Your Door is as fine an indication as any (as if any were needed) that Hooker is one of the greats. For the most part, it's just the man and his guitar, but really, no more is needed; between his solid feel for rhythm, his clear, expressive guitar work, and his more-than-serviceable vocals, Hooker doesn't need any help. He's a master of setting a mood, whether it's the intimacy of "Stuttering Blues," the sweetness of "Wobbling Baby," or the lamentation of "My Baby Don't Love Me," and he's so subtle that most of the time you don't even notice him doing it. Okay, so "Boogie Chillen" isn't on this album. Doesn't matter. --Genevieve Williams
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There's plenty of evidence for that on this overlooked album recorded by Henry Stone in 1953 & 1961 in Cincinnati and Miami respectively.
The 16 stunning tracks(including two instrumentals) feature Hooker(vocals & guitar) with, on some tracks, Eddie Kirkland(vocals & guitar) and an unknown bassist.
The music is primal, menacing and mesmerising and 'Don't Turn Me From Your Door' is a superb John Lee Hooker album that deserves to be much better known.
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This collection of songs taken from various sessions in 1953 is a great compilation. And, it's just Hooker and an electric guitar. Nothing else.
And, that makes for an enjoyable compilation of songs. 'My Baby Put Me Down,' 'Stuttering Blues,' 'Don't Turn Me From Your Door' and 'Blue Monday' are among his best sides ever recorded, and are some of the few he recorded under the Atco (now owned by Atlantic) label.
Overall, if you like John Lee Hooker like I do, than you'll love this compilation of some of his best. It's 16 flawless songs from one of the blues masters.
Highly recommended for any John Lee Hooker fan. A flawless CD. ENJOY!!!