Boom Boom [Shout! Factory Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
John Lee Hooker won many new listeners with his 1989 star-studded comeback album The Healer, and his 1992 studio album "Boom Boom" was designed as an introduction to his classic songs for this new audience. It wasn't that The Healer or its 1991 follow-up Mr. Lucky avoided either Hooker's signature boogie or several of his signature tunes, but they were tempered by both a slicker production and newly written tunes. In contrast, "Boom Boom" was lean and direct, relying on such staples as "Boom Boom," "I'm Bad Like Jesse James," "Bottle Up and Go" and "I Ain't Gonna Suffer No More." This leanness is in comparison to its two immediate predecessors, of course, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
John Lee Hooker won many new listeners with his 1989 star-studded comeback album The Healer, and his 1992 studio album "Boom Boom" was designed as an introduction to his classic songs for this new audience. It wasn't that The Healer or its 1991 follow-up Mr. Lucky avoided either Hooker's signature boogie or several of his signature tunes, but they were tempered by both a slicker production and newly written tunes. In contrast, "Boom Boom" was lean and direct, relying on such staples as "Boom Boom," "I'm Bad Like Jesse James," "Bottle Up and Go" and "I Ain't Gonna Suffer No More." This leanness is in comparison to its two immediate predecessors, of course, because "Boom Boom" is hardly as gritty as the original versions of these tunes. It might not feel as slick as The Healer, but it's polished and professional and filled with cameos -- but this time, the professional sound comes from the seasoned sidemen offering support and the stars here are all guitarists (or in the case of Charlie Musselwhite, a harpist) who never overshadow Hooker. Jimmie Vaughan and Robert Cray have never been known for their flashiness and they give their respective numbers -- "Boom Boom" and "Same Old Blues Again" -- sharp, typically tasteful leads, but even Albert Collins seems a bit restrained on "Boogie at Russian Hill" -- it's as if all involved decided to lay back and give Hook the center stage. However, he's not in a particularly energetic mood here. He's hardly lazy, but he's not inspired, either, which leaves Boom Boom as a rather curious entry in his latter-day comeback catalog. The feel is better than on The Healer (and certainly the subsequent Chill Out) but it's not as memorable some of the other albums which may haven't been as consistent but were at least had distinguishing characteristics. Boom Boom just captures Hooker the professional -- which is good enough to modestly entertain as it plays but it leaves no real impression behind. [Shout! Factory's 2007 reissue adds two bonus tracks: "Dimples" and "Ain't No Love in This House."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/6/2007
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663103298
  • Catalog Number: 31032
  • Sales rank: 51,488

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Lee Hooker Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, national steel guitar
Robert Cray Guitar
Charlie Musselwhite Harmonica
Mitch Woods Piano
Albert Collins Guitar
Deacon Jones Organ
Bowen Brown Drums
Richard Cousins Bass
Steve Ehrmann Bass
Jim Guyett Bass
Kevin Hayes Drums
Billy Friday Johnson Guitar
Tim Kaihatsu Guitar
Rich Kirch Guitar
Scott Mathews Drums
Jimmie Vaughan Guitar
Jimmy Pugh Keyboards
Melvin Carter Drums
Ollan Christopher Bass
Mike Osborn Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
John F. Hammond Guitar, Harmonica
Technical Credits
John Lee Hooker Composer
Keith Blake Remastering
Samuel Lehmer Engineer
Paul Stubblebine Mastering
Roy Rogers Producer, Audio Production
Mike Kappus Executive Producer
Art Slave Reissue Design
Jas Obrecht Liner Notes
James C. Bracken Composer
Shawn Amos Reissue Producer
Emily Johnson Artwork
Jeff Palo Producer
Eugene Skuratowicz Management
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