Hooker [Box Set]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 826663101980
  • Catalog Number: 10198
  • Sales rank: 161,073

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Boogie Chillen' (3:09)
  2. 2 Sally Mae (3:12)
  3. 3 Black Man Blues - Texas Slim (3:37)
  4. 4 Hobo Blues (3:01)
  5. 5 Hoogie Boogie (2:55)
  6. 6 Weeping Willow Boogie (2:50)
  7. 7 Crawlin' King Snake (3:01)
  8. 8 Driftin' from Door to Door (3:00)
  9. 9 Catfish Blues (2:52)
  10. 10 Moses Smote the Water (1:56)
  11. 11 Huckle Up Baby (2:48)
  12. 12 Wandering Blues - Texas Slim (3:19)
  13. 13 Don't You Remember Me - Texas Slim (2:47)
  14. 14 Notoriety Woman (3:09)
  15. 15 Let Your Daddy Ride (2:37)
  16. 16 John l's House Rent Boogie (3:01)
  17. 17 Bumble Bee Blues - Johnny Williams (2:41)
  18. 18 Leave Me Wife Alone (2:47)
  19. 19 Just Me and My Telephone (3:24)
  20. 20 I'm in the Mood (3:07)
  21. 21 Blues for Big Town (3:13)
  22. 22 Stuttering Blues (2:18)
  23. 23 Down Child (2:52)
  24. 24 Boogie Rambler (2:38)
  25. 25 Baby You Ain't No Good (3:13)
  26. 26 I'm Ready (2:38)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Dimples (2:11)
  2. 2 Every Night (2:58)
  3. 3 I'm So Excited (2:53)
  4. 4 I Love You Honey (2:34)
  5. 5 Tupelo Blues (3:24)
  6. 6 I Need Some Money (2:27)
  7. 7 Democrat Man (3:29)
  8. 8 No More Doggin' (2:47)
  9. 9 Gonna Use My Rod (4:22)
  10. 10 Whiskey and Wimmen (2:57)
  11. 11 No Shoes (2:26)
  12. 12 We're All God's Chillun (3:08)
  13. 13 I'm Goin' Upstairs (2:55)
  14. 14 Teachin' the Blues (3:28)
  15. 15 You Lost a Good Man (2:51)
  16. 16 Don't Turn Me from Your Door (2:44)
  17. 17 When My First Wife Quit Me (3:39)
  18. 18 Boom Boom (2:32)
  19. 19 She's Mine (2:23)
  20. 20 Frisco Blues (2:47)
  21. 21 Birmingham Blues (2:54)
  22. 22 Big Legs Tight Skirt (2:16)
  23. 23 It Serves Me Right to Suffer (3:36)
  24. 24 I'm Losin' You (3:53)
  25. 25 I Cover the Waterfront (4:02)
Disc 3
  1. 1 One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer (3:00)
  2. 2 Let's Go out Tonight (6:50)
  3. 3 Bottle Up and Go (2:27)
  4. 4 Let's Make It (4:35)
  5. 5 King of the World (3:44)
  6. 6 I'm Bad Like Jesse James (5:20)
  7. 7 Think Twice Before You Go (2:03)
  8. 8 Mean Mean Woman (5:42)
  9. 9 Burning Hell - Canned Heat (5:27)
  10. 10 Peavine - Canned Heat (5:06)
  11. 11 I Got My Eyes on You - Canned Heat (4:25)
  12. 12 Doin' the Shout (3:31)
  13. 13 Bluebird (5:26)
  14. 14 Early One Morning (4:09)
  15. 15 We'll Meet Again (4:01)
  16. 16 Loving People (5:15)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Baby Lee (3:44)
  2. 2 I'm in the Mood - Bonnie Raitt (4:31)
  3. 3 The Healer - Carlos Santana (5:39)
  4. 4 Mr. Lucky (4:41)
  5. 5 I Cover the Waterfront - Van Morrison (6:42)
  6. 6 This Is Hip - Ry Cooder (3:25)
  7. 7 Bottle Up and Go - John Hammond (2:44)
  8. 8 Same Old Blues Again (6:13)
  9. 9 Boom Boom - Jimmie Vaughan (4:19)
  10. 10 Chill Out (Things Gonna Change) - Carlos Santana (4:48)
  11. 11 Tupelo (3:56)
  12. 12 Kiddio (3:10)
  13. 13 Dimples - Los Lobos (4:01)
  14. 14 Don't Look Back - Van Morrison (6:42)
  15. 15 Up and Down (4:49)
  16. 16 Mean Mean World - Zakiya Hooker (5:22)
  17. 17 Boogie Chillen' - Eric Clapton (4:36)
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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
Al 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
Tower of Power Horn Section Track Performer
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
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
Al Smith Producer
Ralph Bass Producer
Bernard Besman Composer
Mario Caldato Jr. Producer
Jim Gaines Producer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Richard Harrington Executive Producer
Bob Hite Producer
Orrin Keepnews Producer
Los 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 Jr. Producer
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