Hooker [Box Set]

Hooker [Box Set]

by John Lee Hooker
     
 

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John Lee Hooker was an active recording artist for roughly 50 years -- active in that not only did he record steadily, but he actively jumped from label to label, recording for seemingly every label, big or small, from such legendary imprints as Modern, Savoy, Chess, Vee-Jay, Impulse and Riverside, to such smaller outfits as Eagle, Sensation, Staff, Guest Star and… See more details below

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John Lee Hooker was an active recording artist for roughly 50 years -- active in that not only did he record steadily, but he actively jumped from label to label, recording for seemingly every label, big or small, from such legendary imprints as Modern, Savoy, Chess, Vee-Jay, Impulse and Riverside, to such smaller outfits as Eagle, Sensation, Staff, Guest Star and Pausa. He started his career cutting sides for singles, later recording proper albums, and all these recordings have been repackaged and reissued in a seemingly endless series of compilations, ranging from budget-line bottom of the barrel discs to first-rate retrospectives, like Rhino's 1991 The Ultimate Collection, but one thing his discography has always lacked was a comprehensive, career-spanning box set, which Shout! Factory's finally provides with their 2006 four-disc set Hooker. Encompassing 84 songs recorded for 27 labels over the course of half a century, Hooker manages to sort through his unwieldy discography with grace and precision, offering all his standards -- beginning with "Boogie Chillen" and "Sally Mae," then running through "Crawlin' King Snake," "I'm in the Mood," "Dimples," "Boom Boom," "It Serves Me Right to Suffer," "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" -- but adding the depth and detail by lingering at relatively lesser-known sides and singles (including songs released under pseudonyms like "Texas Slim" and "John Lee Booker") from every era of his career. And even though Hooker never quite deviated from his signature boogie -- he always bent backing bands to follow his rhythm, as much of the music on this set proves -- he did have different eras in his career, starting with the spooky solo sides in the late '40s and early '50s, which gave way to his early experiments with backing bands, which lead to his dynamic electric work of the '60s, which in turn set the precedent for his collaborations with Canned Heat, which in themselves were the foundation of his comeback of the late '80s and early '90s, where he returned to the spotlight via a series of superstar-studded duets albums. All these phases are represented well on Hooker -- some might argue that the latter duet phase is represented a little too well since the entire fourth disc is devoted to it, but that did span a full decade of recording for Hooker, and it did bring him his highest commercial profile ever -- giving this set a welcome narrative in addition to its sheer comprehensiveness. These are the two most attractive elements of Hooker: it makes sense of his long career and hits virtually all his highlights. Hooker certainly has many excellent individual albums in his catalog, but most listeners could get this set and have all the John Lee Hooker they'll ever need. Which isn't the same thing as saying that Hooker is for everybody. Hooker's boogie is intoxicating, but like strong liquor it may either be addictive or an acquired taste, so it's best for the uninitiated to sample something smaller, like Rhino's 1995 set The Very Best of John Lee Hooker, which has all the essentials in a concentrated dose. For some, that single-disc -- or something similar -- will be all they ever need, since it has the best of the boogie. This set is for the listener who already knows they're a fan, and wants to dig in deep -- and for those listeners, this Hooker will certainly and repeatedly satisfy.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/31/2006
Label:
Shout Factory
UPC:
0826663101980
catalogNumber:
10198
Rank:
124371

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Boogie Chillen'
  2. Sally Mae
  3. Black Man Blues  -  Texas Slim
  4. Hobo Blues
  5. Hoogie Boogie
  6. Weeping Willow Boogie
  7. Crawlin' King Snake
  8. Driftin' from Door to Door
  9. Catfish Blues
  10. Moses Smote the Water
  11. Huckle Up Baby
  12. Wandering Blues  -  Texas Slim
  13. Don't You Remember Me  -  Texas Slim
  14. Notoriety Woman
  15. Let Your Daddy Ride
  16. John l's House Rent Boogie
  17. Bumble Bee Blues  - Johnny Williams
  18. Leave Me Wife Alone
  19. Just Me and My Telephone
  20. I'm in the Mood
  21. Blues for Big Town
  22. Stuttering Blues
  23. Down Child
  24. Boogie Rambler
  25. Baby You Ain't No Good
  26. I'm Ready

Disc 2

  1. Dimples
  2. Every Night
  3. I'm So Excited
  4. I Love You Honey
  5. Tupelo Blues
  6. I Need Some Money
  7. Democrat Man
  8. No More Doggin'
  9. Gonna Use My Rod
  10. Whiskey and Wimmen
  11. No Shoes
  12. We're All God's Chillun
  13. I'm Goin' Upstairs
  14. Teachin' the Blues
  15. You Lost a Good Man
  16. Don't Turn Me from Your Door
  17. When My First Wife Quit Me
  18. Boom Boom
  19. She's Mine
  20. Frisco Blues
  21. Birmingham Blues
  22. Big Legs Tight Skirt
  23. It Serves Me Right to Suffer
  24. I'm Losin' You
  25. I Cover the Waterfront

Disc 3

  1. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
  2. Let's Go out Tonight
  3. Bottle Up and Go
  4. Let's Make It
  5. King of the World
  6. I'm Bad Like Jesse James
  7. Think Twice Before You Go
  8. Mean Mean Woman
  9. Burning Hell  -  Canned Heat
  10. Peavine  -  Canned Heat
  11. I Got My Eyes on You  -  Canned Heat
  12. Doin' the Shout
  13. Bluebird
  14. Early One Morning
  15. We'll Meet Again
  16. Loving People

Disc 4

  1. Baby Lee
  2. I'm in the Mood  - Bonnie Raitt
  3. The Healer  - Carlos Santana
  4. Mr. Lucky
  5. I Cover the Waterfront  - Van Morrison
  6. This Is Hip  - Ry Cooder
  7. Bottle Up and Go  - John Hammond
  8. Same Old Blues Again
  9. Boom Boom  - Jimmie Vaughan
  10. Chill Out (Things Gonna Change)  - Carlos Santana
  11. Tupelo
  12. Kiddio
  13. Dimples  -  Lobos
  14. Don't Look Back  - Van Morrison
  15. Up and Down
  16. Mean Mean World  - Zakiya Hooker
  17. Boogie Chillen'  - Eric Clapton

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Lee Hooker   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Boogie Woogie Red   Piano
Charles Brown   Piano
Robert Cray   Guitar,Vocals
Willie Dixon   Bass
Buddy Guy   Guitar
Ivory Joe Hunter   Piano
Eddie Kirkland   Guitar
Louis Myers   Harmonica
Eddie Taylor   Bass,Guitar
Ry Cooder   Guitar
Bonnie Raitt   Vocals,Slide Guitar
Louis Hayes   Drums
Armando Peraza   Conga
Clifford Coulter   Keyboards
Johnnie Johnson   Piano
José Chepitó Areas   Timbales
Jim Kahr   Guitar
Jim Keltner   Drums
Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson   Guitar
Deacon Jones   Organ
Louisiana Red   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Henry Vestine   Guitar
Lloyd Gregory   Guitar
Warren Haynes   Slide Guitar
Mac Arnold   Bass
Fred Below   Drums
Steve Berlin   Baritone Saxophone
Gaylord Birch   Drums
Victor Bisetti   Drums
Dave Boorman   Drums
Bowen Brown   Drums
Eddie "Guitar" Burns   Guitar
Danny Caron   Guitar
Emilio Castillo   Tenor Saxophone
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Drums
Eric Clapton   Guitar
Francis Clay   Drums
Henry Cosby   Tenor Saxophone
Richard Cousins   Bass
Ruth Davies   Bass
Antonio de la Barreda   Bass
Duncan   Drums
Steve Ehrmann   Bass
Terry Evans   Vocals
Mike "Hollywood Fats" Mann   Guitar
Otis Finch   Tenor Saxophone
Curtis Foster   Drums
Panama Francis   Drums
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Mic Gillette   Trombone,Trumpet
William "Bill" Greene   Vocals
Jim Guyett   Bass
Ernie Hayes   Organ,Piano
Kevin Hayes   Drums
Sylvester Hickman   Bass
David Hidalgo   Guitar
Milt Hinton   Bass
James Jamerson   Bass
Billy Friday Johnson   Guitar
Richard G. Johnson   Drums
Booker T. Jones   Organ
Tim Kaihatsu   Guitar
Bruce Kaphan   Guitar
Terrance Kelly   Background Vocals
Stephen "Doc" Kupka   Baritone Saxophone
Sammy Lawhorn   Guitar
Nick Lowe   Bass
Conrad Lozano   Bass
Scott Mathews   Drums
Reggie McBride   Bass
Everett McCarary   Bass
Tony McPhee   Guitar
Steve Miller   Guitar
Van Morrison   Guitar,Vocals
Muddy Waters   Guitar
Tom Parker   Organ,Piano
Bill Payne   Keyboards
Karl Perazzo   Timbales
Earl Phillips   Drums
Lenny Pickett   Tenor Saxophone
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Benny Rietveld   Bass
Raul Rekow   Conga
Wally Richardson   Guitar
Theophilus Roosevelt   Bass
Cesar Rosas   Guitar
John Sanders   Piano
Johnny Lee Schell   Guitar
Gino Skaggs   Bass
Otis Spann   Piano
Ken Swank   Drums
Andrew "Mike" Terry   Baritone Saxophone
Chester Thompson   Keyboards
Jimmie Vaughan   Guitar
Larry Veeder   Guitar
Quinn Wilson   Bass,Drums
Adolfo de la Parra   Drums
John "Juke" Logan   Harmonica
Maurice Cridlin   Bass
John Griffith   Piano
Jimmy Pugh   Keyboards
William Folwell   Bass
Roy Rogers   Guitar
Hele Rosanthal   Harmonica
Zakiya Hooker   Vocals
Bob Thurman   Piano
Marlene Barrow   Track Performer
Alan Wilson   Guitar,Harmonica
Carlos Santana   Guitar
Robert Cray Band   Track Performer
Larry Hamilton   Bass
Greg Adams   Trumpet
William "Lefty" Bates   Guitar
Randie McBride   Percussion
Anthony Cook   Synthesizer,Guitar
Jackie Hicks   Track Performer
Mike Osborn   Guitar
Benny Benjamin   Drums
Kevin Williams   Drums
Robert "Red Top" Young   Guitar
Tina Bryant   Background Vocals
Ollan Christopher Bell   Bass
Dan Zemelman   Piano
Marlon Green   Drums
Bobby "Blanco" King   Vocals
James Watkins   Piano
John F. Hammond   Guitar,Harmonica
Joe Thomas   Bass
Sam "Stovepipe No. 1" Jones   Bass
Pete Cruickshaw   Bass
Mary Wilson & The Andantes   Track Performer
George Washington   Bass
Armand Jump Jackson   Drums
Tower Of Power Horns   Track Performer

Technical Credits

John Lee Hooker   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Roy Rogers   Composer
Brook Benton   Composer
Ry Cooder   Producer
Bonnie Raitt   Liner Notes
George Thorogood   Liner Notes
Robert C. Smith   Producer
Ralph Bass   Producer
Bernard Besman   Composer
Mario Caldato   Producer
Jim Gaines   Producer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Richard Harrington   Executive Producer
Bob Hite   Producer
Orrin Keepnews   Producer
Lobos   Producer
Ed Michel   Producer
Van Morrison   Producer,Liner Notes
Clyde Otis   Composer
John Porter   Producer
Skip Taylor   Producer
Bob Thiele   Producer
Chester Thompson   Composer
Johnny Vincent   Producer
Roy Rogers   Producer
Henry Stone   Producer
Zakiya Hooker   Composer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Ted Drozdowski   Liner Notes
Joe Von Battle   Producer
Carlos Santana   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Louie Pérez   Contributor
Horst Hohenboken   Producer
Fred Mendelsohn   Producer
Mike Kappus   Producer,Executive Producer
Pat Kraus   Remastering
James C. Bracken   Composer
Janie Bradford   Composer
Joe Bihari   Producer
Elmer Barbee   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Emily Johnson   Art Direction
Ollan Christopher Bell   Composer,Producer
Jeff Palo   Producer
Joe Brown   Producer
Gene Deitch   Producer
Idessa Malone   Producer
Devora Brown   Composer
Bill Grauer   Producer

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