Live in Istanbul, Turkey

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Turkey has long had a reputation for being the most westernized country in the Islamic world. As a result, a lot of North American music that is frowned upon by the far-right Islamic fundamentalist governments of Saudi Arabia and the Sudan -- music ranging from alternative rock to hip-hop to jazz -- isn't hard to find in Istanbul or Ankara. And there are visits by American bluesmen like John Lee Hooker, Jr. This 2010 release, as its title indicates, focuses on a live gig in Istanbul, where the son of the late blues icon John Lee Hooker, Sr. performs material from three studio albums (2004's Blues with a Vengeance, 2006's Cold as Ice, and 2008's All Odds Against Me) as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Turkey has long had a reputation for being the most westernized country in the Islamic world. As a result, a lot of North American music that is frowned upon by the far-right Islamic fundamentalist governments of Saudi Arabia and the Sudan -- music ranging from alternative rock to hip-hop to jazz -- isn't hard to find in Istanbul or Ankara. And there are visits by American bluesmen like John Lee Hooker, Jr. This 2010 release, as its title indicates, focuses on a live gig in Istanbul, where the son of the late blues icon John Lee Hooker, Sr. performs material from three studio albums (2004's Blues with a Vengeance, 2006's Cold as Ice, and 2008's All Odds Against Me) as well as some previously unreleased songs. By now, it should be more than obvious that Hooker is far from a carbon copy of his legendary dad; he's much more soul/funk-minded, he doesn't have his dad's penchant for swampy, dusky grooves, and his lyrics have a decidedly 21st century focus. This memorable Istanbul show, in fact, is full of 21st century references. "They Hatin' on Me," with its references to playa-haters (petty individuals who are envious of someone else's success), shows Hooker's awareness of hip-hop terminology -- and "The People Want a Change" and "It's a Shame" (not to be confused with the Spinners' 1970 hit) voice his dissatisfaction with the economic and political direction the United States took during the years when George W. Bush was president. Whether he is mentioning Puff Daddy on "Wait Until My Change Comes" or singing about the economic crisis of the late 2000s/early 2010s, no one will mistake this Istanbul appearance for a Hooker, Sr. concert. He includes one Hooker, Sr. standard in this set ("Boom Boom"), but even then, it's clear that Hooker has his own style. This 64-minute CD is a fine document of the bluesman's visit to Turkey's largest city.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2010
  • Label: Cc Ent / Copycats
  • UPC: 707541920094
  • Catalog Number: 92009
  • Sales rank: 215,129

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction (0:18)
  2. 2 Suspicious (7:46)
  3. 3 People Want a Change (4:00)
  4. 4 It's a Shame (3:31)
  5. 5 Fed Up (4:51)
  6. 6 Funky Funk (4:55)
  7. 7 You Make My Life Brand New (3:20)
  8. 8 They Hatin' on Me (2:26)
  9. 9 One Eye Opened (4:35)
  10. 10 Wait Until My Change Come (4:35)
  11. 11 Maudie (4:30)
  12. 12 Boom Boom (2:16)
  13. 13 Doin' the Boogie (10:57)
  14. 14 Talk Too Much (6:14)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Extramarital Affair
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Lee Hooker Jr. Primary Artist
Mike Rogers Drums
Mike Rinta Trombone
John Garcia Guitar
Frankie "B" Bailey Trumpet
Frank "Tebo" Thibeaux Bass, Background Vocals
Jeff Horan Guitar
Technical Credits
James Cotton Composer
Jim Gardiner Engineer
William Griffin Composer
Frank Thibeaux Composer
Mike Rinta Composer
Laurent Mercier Composer
John Lee Hooker Jr. Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
John Garcia Composer
Frank "Tebo" Thibeaux Producer
Jeff Horan Composer
Gokhan Kali Cover Photo
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