Live at Soledad Prison/Never Get Out of These Blues Alive

Live at Soledad Prison/Never Get Out of These Blues Alive

by John Lee Hooker
     
 

Combining two LPs originally released in 1972, Live at Soledad Prison and the Ed Michel-produced Never Get Out of These Blues Alive, on a single disc, this set features John Lee Hooker in his mid-career Endless Boogie prime, both in and out of the studio -- not that Hooker ever sounded anySee more details below

Overview

Combining two LPs originally released in 1972, Live at Soledad Prison and the Ed Michel-produced Never Get Out of These Blues Alive, on a single disc, this set features John Lee Hooker in his mid-career Endless Boogie prime, both in and out of the studio -- not that Hooker ever sounded any different wherever he played. The live set finds him backed by a crackerjack (and rehearsed) band featuring guitarists Luther Tucker and Charlie Grimes and Hooker's son, John Lee Hooker, Jr. The group backs Hooker as he delivers a scorching "I'm Your Crosscut Saw" and a desolate, heart-wrenching "Serve Me Right to Suffer," among other boogie gems. The studio set includes more of the same, although polished up just the slightest notch with guest spots from Van Morrison (he duets with Hooker on the title track, "Never Get Out of These Blues Alive"), Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, Steve Miller, and jazz violinist Michael White, who lifts "Boogie with the Hook" into the air and gives a mournful, desolate veneer to the already spooky and harrowing "T.B. Sheets." This package ends up being a great way to hear Hooker doing what he does best with musicians who understand what he's after, and it's all well recorded, too.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/01/2009
Label:
Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC:
5017261208972
catalogNumber:
897
Rank:
79469

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Superlover  - John Lee Hooker
  2. I'm Your Crosscut Saw  - John Lee Hooker
  3. What's The Matter Baby  - John Lee Hooker
  4. Lucille  - John Lee Hooker
  5. Boogie Everywhere I Go  - John Lee Hooker
  6. Serve Me Right To Suffer  - John Lee Hooker
  7. Bang Bang Bang Bang  - John Lee Hooker

Disc 2

  1. Bumblebee, Bumblebee  - John Lee Hooker
  2. Hit The Road  - John Lee Hooker
  3. Country Boy  - John Lee Hooker
  4. Boogie With The Hook  - John Lee Hooker
  5. T.B. Sheets  - John Lee Hooker
  6. Letter To My Baby  - John Lee Hooker
  7. Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive  - John Lee Hooker

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Lee Hooker   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Charlie Musselwhite   Harmonica
Elvin Bishop   Slide Guitar
Mel Brown   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Ron Beck   Drums
Charlie Grimes   Guitar
Robert Hooker   Organ,Electric Piano
Ray MacCarty   Guitar
Van Morrison   Guitar,Vocals
Mark Naftalin   Piano
Benny Rowe   Slide Guitar
Ken Swank   Drums
Luther Tucker   Guitar
Michael White   Violin
Paul Wood   Guitar
Steven Miller   Organ
Chuck Crimelli   Drums
John Lee Hooker   Vocals
Cliff Coulter   Electric Piano
Brown   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

John Lee Hooker   Composer
Baker Bigsby   Engineer
Ken Hopkins   Engineer
Ed Michel   Producer,Liner Notes
Andrew Thompson   Remastering
John O'Regan   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer
John Lee Hooker   Composer,Adaptation

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