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Anthology: 50 Years

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Shout! Factory's 2009 set Anthology: 50 Years is not the first double-disc Hooker retrospect, nor is it likely to be the last. It differs from the previous front runner for best two-disc Hooker set, Rhino's 1991 The Ultimate Collection 1948-1990, by covering the last decade or so of his career, winding up being just one song longer than The Ultimate, weighing in at 32 tracks. Anthology has an even-handed approach, touching on almost every phase of his career -- on the '70s, represented only bay a duet with Canned Heat, which is no great loss -- with the first disc running from 1948 to 1962, hitting "Boogie Chillen," "Crawlin' King Snake," and "Boom Boom" along ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Shout! Factory's 2009 set Anthology: 50 Years is not the first double-disc Hooker retrospect, nor is it likely to be the last. It differs from the previous front runner for best two-disc Hooker set, Rhino's 1991 The Ultimate Collection 1948-1990, by covering the last decade or so of his career, winding up being just one song longer than The Ultimate, weighing in at 32 tracks. Anthology has an even-handed approach, touching on almost every phase of his career -- on the '70s, represented only bay a duet with Canned Heat, which is no great loss -- with the first disc running from 1948 to 1962, hitting "Boogie Chillen," "Crawlin' King Snake," and "Boom Boom" along the way, with the second beginning with 1965's "Big Legs Tight Skirt" and ending with 1997's "Don't Look Back," a duet with Van Morrison. As with many latter day Hooker compilations, there may be too many superstar duets for some tastes, but he did spend his last decade recording too many of them, so it's accurate in a sense and they don't wind up setting this collection off balance. For if this collection is anything, it is balanced, taking enough of each period to paint a full picture of Hooker's career -- which may not be the same thing as offering up all his best, but it's useful in its own way.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/17/2009
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663112894
  • Catalog Number: 31128
  • Sales rank: 6,878

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Boogie Chillen' (3:10)
  2. 2 Hobo Blues (3:02)
  3. 3 Hoogie Boogie (2:55)
  4. 4 Crawlin' King Snake (3:00)
  5. 5 Huckle Up Baby (2:47)
  6. 6 Let Your Daddy Ride (2:37)
  7. 7 John l's House Rent Boogie (3:02)
  8. 8 I'm in the Mood (3:07)
  9. 9 Dimples (2:10)
  10. 10 I Love You Honey (2:34)
  11. 11 No Shoes (2:27)
  12. 12 No More Doggin' (2:48)
  13. 13 I Need Some Money (2:29)
  14. 14 Teachin' the Blues (3:28)
  15. 15 Boom Boom (2:33)
  16. 16 She's Mine (2:21)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Big Legs Tight Skirt (2:15)
  2. 2 It Serves Me Right to Suffer (3:36)
  3. 3 Bottle Up and Go (2:26)
  4. 4 One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer (3:00)
  5. 5 Let's Go out Tonight (6:51)
  6. 6 I Cover the Waterfront (4:05)
  7. 7 I'm Bad Like Jesse James (5:18)
  8. 8 Peavine (5:06)
  9. 9 Jealous (3:29)
  10. 10 The Healer (5:40)
  11. 11 I'm in the Mood (4:31)
  12. 12 Same Old Blues Again (6:13)
  13. 13 Boogie at Russian Hill - Albert Collins (4:33)
  14. 14 Kiddio (3:11)
  15. 15 Chill Out (Things Gonna Change) (4:47)
  16. 16 Don't Look Back - Van Morrison (6:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Lee Hooker Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Charles Brown Piano
Robert Cray Guitar
Ivory Joe Hunter Piano
Eddie Kirkland Guitar
Roy Rogers Guitar
Eddie Taylor Guitar
Bonnie Raitt Vocals, Slide Guitar
Albert Collins Guitar
Louis Hayes Drums
Sam Jones Bass Guitar
Armando Peraza Conga
José Chepitó Areas Timbales
Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson Guitar
Deacon Jones Organ
Henry Vestine Guitar
Mac Arnold Bass, Bass Guitar
Lefty Bates Guitar
Fred Below Drums
Wayne Bennett Guitar
Gaylord Birch Drums
Dave Boorman Drums
Bowen Brown Drums
Eddie "Guitar" Burns Guitar
Danny Caron Guitar
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler Drums
Francis Clay Drums
Hank Cosby Tenor Saxophone
Henry Cosby Tenor Saxophone
Richard Cousins Bass, Bass Guitar
Peter Cruickshank Bass
Ruth Davies Bass, Bass Guitar
Antonio de la Barreda Bass, Bass Guitar
Panama Francis Drums
Barry Galbraith Guitar
Jim Guyett Bass, Bass Guitar
Kevin Hayes Drums
Sylvester Hickman Bass
Milt Hinton Bass, Bass Guitar
James Jamerson Bass, Bass Guitar
Richard Johnson Drums
Richard G. Johnson Drums
Tim Kaihatsu Guitar
Rich Kirch Guitar
Sammy Lawhorn Guitar
Lafayette Leake Organ, Piano
S.P. Leary Drums
Scott Mathews Drums
Tony McPhee Guitar
Van Morrison Guitar, Vocals
Muddy Waters Guitar
Tom Parker Organ, Piano
Karl Perazzo Timbales
Benny Rietveld Bass, Bass Guitar
Raul Rekow Conga
Tim Richards Drums
Otis Spann Piano
Andrew "Mike" Terry Baritone Saxophone
Chester Thompson Keyboards
Larry Veeder Guitar
George Washington Bass Guitar
Adolfo de la Parra Drums
Jimmy Pugh Keyboards
Alan Wilson Guitar
Carlos Santana Guitar
Larry Hamilton Bass, Bass Guitar
William "Lefty" Bates Guitar
Joe Hunter Piano
Mike Osborn Guitar
Benny Benjamin Drums
James Watkins Piano
Sam "Stovepipe No. 1" Jones Bass
George Washington Bass
Andrew "Mike" Terry Baritone Saxophone
Larry Veeder Guitar
Sylvester Hickman Bass Guitar
Dave Boorman Drums
Luther Johnson Guitar
Pete Cruickshank Bass Guitar
Everett McCrary Bass Guitar
Tom Whitehead Drums
Jimmy Turner Drums
Eddie Burns Guitar
Technical Credits
John Lee Hooker Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Roy Rogers Composer, Audio Production
Brook Benton Composer
Ralph Bass Producer, Audio Production
Bernard Besman Composer, Audio Production
Jim Gaines Producer, Audio Production
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Richard Harrington Executive Producer
Bob Hite Producer, Audio Production
Orrin Keepnews Producer, Audio Production
Van Morrison Producer, Audio Production
Clyde Otis Composer
Skip Taylor Producer, Audio Production
Bob Thiele Producer, Audio Production
Chester Thompson Composer
Henry Stone Producer, Audio Production
Carlos Santana Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Mike Kappus Executive Producer, Audio Production
Mathieu Bitton Art Direction
Jas Obrecht Liner Notes
Pat Kraus Remastering
James C. Bracken Composer
Janie Bradford Composer
Jeff Palo Producer
Karrie Stouffer Artwork
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