From Clarksdale to Heaven: Remembering John Lee Hooker

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
For the first of two tribute albums to John Lee Hooker, executive producer Arnie Goodman of Blue Storm Music has assembled an impressive list of British musicians from the 1960s who helped spark the '60s blues revival that was responsible for the ascension of Hooker among others into legendary status. The biggest name on his own is Jeff Beck, who plays guitar on "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" and "Hobo Blues," but other notable figures include Cream's Jack Bruce, Leo Lyons and Ric Lee from Ten Years After, Procol Harum's Gary Brooker, ex-Rolling Stone Mick Taylor, former Fleetwood Mac leader Peter Green, and Gary Moore. The performers are reverent toward Hooker's music,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
For the first of two tribute albums to John Lee Hooker, executive producer Arnie Goodman of Blue Storm Music has assembled an impressive list of British musicians from the 1960s who helped spark the '60s blues revival that was responsible for the ascension of Hooker among others into legendary status. The biggest name on his own is Jeff Beck, who plays guitar on "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" and "Hobo Blues," but other notable figures include Cream's Jack Bruce, Leo Lyons and Ric Lee from Ten Years After, Procol Harum's Gary Brooker, ex-Rolling Stone Mick Taylor, former Fleetwood Mac leader Peter Green, and Gary Moore. The performers are reverent toward Hooker's music, maintaining its relentless rhythmic power and even at times re-creating the master's haunting mumble of a voice. The set is not entirely given over to the Brits, however, as it opens with "I Want to Hug You," sung by Hooker's daughter, Zakiya, and ends with Hooker himself, accompanied by Booker T. Jones and Randy California, among others, performing a previously unreleased "Red House" that was cut for a Jimi Hendrix tribute album. There is also a newly written song "The Business" penned by Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and Bay Area musician Greg Anton that was earmarked for a Hooker project never recorded due to his death. Such tracks provide some variety, but the strength of the album is still in the devoted performances of people like Beck and Green.
Downbeat
No one interprets Hooker's music as forcefully as certain musicians who were part of the British blues boom of the '60s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2009
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5034504122826
  • Catalog Number: 843226
  • Sales rank: 18,642

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Want to Hug You (4:03)
  2. 2 I'm in the Mood - Gary Moore (6:18)
  3. 3 Bad Like Jesse James (7:06)
  4. 4 Will the Circle Be Unbroken - Jeff Beck (6:07)
  5. 5 Baby Lee (4:47)
  6. 6 Ground Hog Blues - T.S. McPhee (5:43)
  7. 7 This Is Hip - Peter Green Splinter Group (3:50)
  8. 8 Crawlin' King Snake - Peter Green Splinter Group (5:40)
  9. 9 I'm Leaving - T.S. McPhee (5:24)
  10. 10 Little Wheel (5:34)
  11. 11 The Business - Gregg's Eggs (4:35)
  12. 12 Hobo Blues - Jeff Beck (5:51)
  13. 13 Serve Me Right to Suffer - Gary Moore (6:24)
  14. 14 Red House - Booker T. Jones (4:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Lee Hooker Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Beck Guitar
Jack Bruce Bass, Vocals
Mick Taylor Guitar, Vocals
Johnnie Johnson Piano
Gary Brooker Piano, Vocals
Randy California Rhythm Guitar
Andy Fairweather Low Guitar
Jeff Allen Drums
Dave "Clem" Clempson Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Tony Cook Synthesizer Guitar
David Daniel Bass
Bruce Gary Drums
Peter Green Guitar, Harmonica
Dave Hadley Bass
Dick Heckstall-Smith Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Gary Husband Drums
Booker T. Jones Organ
Ric Lee Drums
Leo Lyons Bass
Godfrey McLean Drums
Tony McPhee Guitar, Vocals
Max Middleton Piano
Bobby Murray Guitar
Henry Spinetti Drums
Peter Stroud Upright Bass
Nigel Watson Guitar
Chris Wilson Bass
Vince Converse Guitar, Vocals
Kenny Greene Drums
Matt Pegg Bass
Michael Bailey Bass, Background Vocals
Earl Green Vocals
Dave Moore Piano
Richard Bailey Drums
Technical Credits
John Lee Hooker Arranger
Bruce Gary Producer
Arnie Goodman Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Mark Linett Engineer
Leo Lyons Producer
Ben Matthews Engineer
Tony McPhee Author
Billy Oskay Engineer
Andrew Thompson Mastering
Kirk Yano Producer, Engineer
Robert Iriartborde Engineer
Stuart Brinin Cover Photo
Jim Kozlowski Art Direction
Matthew Ollivier Engineer
Peter Green Splinter Group Producer
Michael Moya Cover Photo
Gregg's Eggs Producer
Vinny Cimino Art Direction
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