The Ultimate Collection (1948-1990)

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rhino's double-disc 1991 set The Ultimate Collection 1948-1990 falls just short of the promise of its title, losing its focus toward the end of the set. That said, it comes close enough to satisfy, particularly because John Lee Hooker had such a long, convoluted discography, recording for a number of different labels over many decades. This gets the core of his legacy -- the early, minimalist boogie, the gritty late-'50s sides, all the way through to the superstar-studded recordings of the late '80s. If the desire to be comprehensive hurts the collection somewhat -- good though they may be, the '80s recordings really are for those who love all of Hooker's music,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rhino's double-disc 1991 set The Ultimate Collection 1948-1990 falls just short of the promise of its title, losing its focus toward the end of the set. That said, it comes close enough to satisfy, particularly because John Lee Hooker had such a long, convoluted discography, recording for a number of different labels over many decades. This gets the core of his legacy -- the early, minimalist boogie, the gritty late-'50s sides, all the way through to the superstar-studded recordings of the late '80s. If the desire to be comprehensive hurts the collection somewhat -- good though they may be, the '80s recordings really are for those who love all of Hooker's music, and the disc would have been better off if it was simply two discs of '40s through '70s -- this nevertheless gets all the classics "Boogie Chillen," "Crawlin' King Snake," "Boom Boom," "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," among them while giving an idea of the scope of Hooker's career, making it a great introduction.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/1991
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227057220
  • Catalog Number: 70572
  • Sales rank: 42,043

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Lee Hooker Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Willie Dixon Bass
Eddie Kirkland Guitar, Vocals
Louis Myers Harmonica
Eddie Taylor Bass, Guitar
Bonnie Raitt Guitar, Vocals
Louis Hayes Drums
Sam Jones Bass
Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson Guitar
T-Bone Walker Piano
Henry Vestine Guitar
Mac Arnold Bass
Fred Below Drums
Dave Boorman Drums
Eddie "Guitar" Burns Guitar
Francis Clay Drums
Henry Cosby Tenor Saxophone
Peter Cruickshank Bass
Antonio de la Barreda Bass
Al Duncan Drums
Panama Francis Drums
Milt Hinton Bass
Sammy Lawhorn Guitar
Lafayette Leake Piano
Muddy Waters Guitar
Tom Parker Organ
Otis Spann Piano
The Vandellas Vocals
Thomas Whitehead Drums
Antonio de Al Barreda Bass
Adolfo de la Parra Drums
Roy Rogers Guitar, Vocals
Pete Chuickshank Bass
Alan Wilson Guitar, Harmonica
David Riley Guitar, Harmonica
Antonio DelaBerreda Bass
James Watkins Piano
George Washington Bass
Armand Jump Jackson Drums
Technical Credits
John Lee Hooker Composer
Bonnie Raitt Contributor
James Austin Producer
Bernard Besman Composer
Greg Drust Liner Notes
Geoff Gans Art Direction
Joe Josea Composer
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