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Boom Boom [Shout! Factory Bonus Tracks]
     

Boom Boom [Shout! Factory Bonus Tracks]

by John Lee Hooker
 

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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

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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."]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/06/2007
Label:
Fantasy
UPC:
0826663103298
catalogNumber:
10329
Rank:
65122

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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
Samuel Lehmer   Engineer
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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