Best of Friends

Best of Friends

by John Lee Hooker
     
 

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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 wereSee more details below

Overview

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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/1998
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0724384642426
catalogNumber:
46424

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Lee Hooker   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Charles Brown   Keyboards
Robert Cray   Guitar
Charlie Musselwhite   Harmonica
Ry Cooder   Guitar
Bobby King   Vocals
Bonnie Raitt   Vocals,Slide Guitar
Armando Peraza   Conga
Johnnie Johnson   Piano
José Chepitó Areas   Timbales
Jim Keltner   Drums
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
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
Scott Mathews   Drums
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
Jim Pugh   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Robert Cray   Contributor
Charlie Musselwhite   Contributor
Ry Cooder   Producer,Contributor
Bonnie Raitt   Contributor
Jerry Boys   Engineer
Mario Caldato   Producer,Engineer
Eric Clapton   Contributor
Arne Frager   Engineer
Jim Gaines   Producer,Engineer
Bernie Grundman   Mastering
Ben Harper   Contributor
Ike Turner   Contributor
Booker T. Jones   Contributor
Samuel Lehmer   Engineer
Lobos   Producer,Contributor
Van Morrison   Producer,Contributor
J.P. Plunier   Producer
John Porter   Producer
Allen Sides   Engineer
Jimmie Vaughan   Contributor
Roy Rogers   Producer
Rail Jon Rogut   Engineer
Carlos Santana   Producer
David Bard   Mastering
Hank Waring   Mastering
Bruce Licher   Artwork,Art Direction
Mike Kappus   Producer,Executive Producer,Representation

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