From Clarksdale to Heaven: Remembering John Lee Hooker

From Clarksdale to Heaven: Remembering John Lee Hooker

     
 

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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 isSee more details below

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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.

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Downbeat
No one interprets Hooker's music as forcefully as certain musicians who were part of the British blues boom of the '60s.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/2009
Label:
Imports
UPC:
5034504122826
catalogNumber:
843226
Rank:
160400

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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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