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

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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: 9/1/2009
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261208972
  • Catalog Number: 897
  • Sales rank: 129,295

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 Jr. Vocals
Cliff Coulter Electric Piano
El 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 Jr. Composer, Adaptation
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