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The Final Recordings, Vol. 1: Face to Face

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Final Recordings, Vol. 1: Face to Face combines previously released material from John Lee Hooker with unfinished tracks he was working on before he died. Compiled by the estate of Hooker, with his daughter Zakiya at the helm, the unreleased material leans heavily toward soul-blues united with Hooker's patented electric Delta boogie. "Loving People," "Funky Mabel," "Six Page Letter" a ballad with synth strings, and "Rock These Blues Away" are highlights. Zakiya Hooker takes the spotlight on "Mean Mean World," singing lead alongside her father, and the acoustic "Wednesday Evening Blues" features George Thorogood on guitar. Hooker staples "Dimples," "It Serves Me Right to ...
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All Music Guide - Campbell
Final Recordings, Vol. 1: Face to Face combines previously released material from John Lee Hooker with unfinished tracks he was working on before he died. Compiled by the estate of Hooker, with his daughter Zakiya at the helm, the unreleased material leans heavily toward soul-blues united with Hooker's patented electric Delta boogie. "Loving People," "Funky Mabel," "Six Page Letter" a ballad with synth strings, and "Rock These Blues Away" are highlights. Zakiya Hooker takes the spotlight on "Mean Mean World," singing lead alongside her father, and the acoustic "Wednesday Evening Blues" features George Thorogood on guitar. Hooker staples "Dimples," "It Serves Me Right to Suffer," "Mad Man Blues," and "Boogie Chillen" also make their perennial appearances. While there are no real surprises here, Face to Face still sounds great and is recommended alongside John Lee's last official releases, Chill Out and Don't Look Back, both on Pointblank.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2003
  • Label: Eagle Records
  • UPC: 826992002323
  • Catalog Number: 20023

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Big Road (5:27)
  2. 2 Dimples (4:44)
  3. 3 Loving People (5:16)
  4. 4 Face to Face (5:20)
  5. 5 Funky Mabel (3:56)
  6. 6 It Serves Me Right to Suffer (5:50)
  7. 7 Up and Down (4:48)
  8. 8 Mad Man Blues (3:08)
  9. 9 Six Page Letter (5:32)
  10. 10 Stop Jivin' Me (3:26)
  11. 11 Mean Mean World (6:14)
  12. 12 Turn Over a New Leaf (5:11)
  13. 13 Wednesday Evening Blues (4:18)
  14. 14 Boogie Chillen' (2:44)
  15. 15 Rock These Blues Away (3:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Lee Hooker Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Ron Thompson Organ, Guitar
Dickey Betts Guitar
Elvin Bishop Guitar
George Thorogood Guitar
Johnny Winter Slide Guitar
Gary Benson Background Vocals
Warren Haynes Slide Guitar
Frederick Berry Chart
Bowen Brown Drums
Jack Casady Bass
Ruth Davies Upright Bass
Kevin Hayes Drums
Billy Friday Johnson Guitar
Terrance Kelly Background Vocals
Scott Mathews Drums
Tony Saunders Organ, Bass
Wayne Wallace Chart
Dean McKinney Moore Saxophone
Anthony Cook Guitar
Kevin Williams Drums
Robert "Red Top" Young Guitar
Tina Bryant Background Vocals
Dan Zemelman Piano
Marlon Green Drums
Joe Thomas Bass, Upright Bass
Jim Pugh Organ
Technical Credits
John Lee Hooker Composer
Tommy Johnson Composer
Bernard Besman Composer
Van Morrison Duet
Sonny Terry Composer
Zakiya Hooker Composer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Duet
Mike Kappus Producer
James C. Bracken Composer
Ollan Christopher Bell Arranger, Composer, Producer
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