The Best of Friends [Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
John Lee Hooker's recordings for Virgin/Point Blank may have varied in quality, but never in formula. Once The Healer earned reams of praise and, more importantly, solid sales upon its 1989 release, it was pretty much set in stone that every future Hooker album would be painstakingly constructed and boast a plethora of superstar cameos. The guest stars were designed to bring in a larger audience, who would hopefully be impressed enough to stick around for Hooker's solid stuff, which was usually better than the attention-grabbing, star-studded tracks. Of course, the names are what sold, and Virgin did not overlook that fact, choosing to assemble a collection of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
John Lee Hooker's recordings for Virgin/Point Blank may have varied in quality, but never in formula. Once The Healer earned reams of praise and, more importantly, solid sales upon its 1989 release, it was pretty much set in stone that every future Hooker album would be painstakingly constructed and boast a plethora of superstar cameos. The guest stars were designed to bring in a larger audience, who would hopefully be impressed enough to stick around for Hooker's solid stuff, which was usually better than the attention-grabbing, star-studded tracks. Of course, the names are what sold, and Virgin did not overlook that fact, choosing to assemble a collection of highlights titled The Best of Friends in 1998. The title refers to the superstar duets, and while this very well may be the best of those cuts -- well, almost all of the duets are here, including both the sublime ("I Cover the Waterfront," with Van Morrison) and the mediocre -- this stuff still isn't as good as Hooker's solo recordings from this era. Which means this disc is primarily for listeners who like to think they like Hooker, but they really just want to hear Eric Clapton wail away. [The 2007 Shout! Factory edition features one bonus cut.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2007
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663104363
  • Catalog Number: 31043
  • Sales rank: 12,820

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Boogie Chillen (4:36)
  2. 2 This Is Hip (3:26)
  3. 3 The Healer (5:40)
  4. 4 I Cover the Waterfront (6:42)
  5. 5 Boom Boom (4:19)
  6. 6 I'm in the Mood (4:29)
  7. 7 Burnin' Hell (5:02)
  8. 8 Tupelo (3:55)
  9. 9 Baby Lee (3:43)
  10. 10 Dimples (4:02)
  11. 11 Chill Out (Things Gonna Change) (4:47)
  12. 12 Big Legs Tight Skirt (6:02)
  13. 13 Don't Look Back (6:44)
  14. 14 Up and Down (4:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Lee Hooker Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Robert Cray Guitar
Charlie Musselwhite Harmonica
Ry Cooder Guitar
Armando Peraza Conga
Johnnie Johnson Piano
José Chepitó Areas Timbales
Michael Osborn Guitar
Steve Berlin Baritone Saxophone
Gil Bernal Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Gaylord Birch Drums
Victor Bisetti Drums
Danny Caron Guitar
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler Drums
Eric Clapton Guitar
Joachim Cooder Drums
Richard Cousins Bass
Ruth Davies Acoustic Bass
Steve Ehrmann Bass
Terry Evans Vocals
William "Bill" Greene Vocals
Ben Harper Guitar
Kevin Hayes Drums
David Hidalgo Guitar
Ike Turner Piano
Booker T. Jones Organ
Rich Kirch Guitar
Nick Lowe Bass
Conrad Lozano Bass
Reggie McBride Bass
Van Morrison Guitar, Vocals
Bill Payne Keyboards
Karl Perazzo Timbales
Benny Rietveld Bass
Raul Rekow Conga
Cesar Rosas Guitar
Johnny Lee Schell Guitar
Chester Thompson Synthesizer, Keyboards
Jimmie Vaughan Guitar
John "Juke" Logan Harmonica
Maurice Cridlin Bass
Roy Rogers Guitar
Carlos Santana Guitar
Juan Nelson Bass
Dean Butterworth Drums
Samuel Taylor Bass
Eric Barber Bass Saxophone
Bobby "Blanco" King Vocals
Jim Pugh Keyboards
Technical Credits
John Lee Hooker Composer
Ry Cooder Producer
Bernard Besman Composer
Keith Blake Remastering
Jerry Boys Engineer
Mario Caldato Jr. Producer, Engineer
Arne Frager Engineer
Jim Gaines Producer, Engineer
Samuel Lehmer Engineer
Van Morrison Producer
J.P. Plunier Producer
John Porter Producer
Allen Sides Engineer
Chester Thompson Composer
Roy Rogers Composer
Rail Jon Rogut Engineer
Carlos Santana Composer, Producer
David Bard Mastering
Hank Waring Mastering
Bruce Licher Art Direction
Mike Kappus Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Art Slave Reissue Design
Jas Obrecht Liner Notes
James C. Bracken Composer
Shawn Amos Reissue Producer
Emily Johnson Artwork
Jeff Palo Producer
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