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Album Review

MCA's The Best of John Lee Hooker has a misleading title. All of the 16 selections are taken from his recordings for ABC, which were made at the end of the '60s and beginning of the '70s. During this time, his producers were experimenting with his sound, adding contemporary sonic touches like funk rhythms and wah-wah pedals. Needless to say, this sound didn't sit particularly well with Hooker's lean, haunting blues. However, these songs do take the best material from generally poor albums — anyone who wants to sample his ABC material should turn here first and they'll realize that they don't need to explore much further.

Customer Reviews

You gotta have this one! L O V E IT!

It's John Lee Hooker. That said you know you are listening to one of the great masters. This album is one of those pure pleasures for a music lover. From top to bottom the best of Hooker delivers some of the very finest blues you will ever hear. As the cliche goes, it's a must-have album in anyone's collection. What an incredible talent!

Great collection for the price

John Lee Hooker is one of my all time favorite blues artist. In the past, I've owned several vinyls and cassettes of his (yep, sure reveals a lot about my age! LOL!) and I was looking for a good collection of his best work in iTunes. While this is a good sample of his best work, some of the production work on these songs is very different from the original recordings which had a very intimate bluesy feeling to them. Sure, it's great to hear a duet with the great Van Morrison but the song lasts a good 10 mins and seems to be dragging its feet towards the end.

This is indeed a good collection from one the true giants of the american blues tradition but I'd recommend it only for starters. If you get hooked on Hooker, try some his other compilations or albums like The Healer, for instance.


Born: August 22, 1917 in Clarksdale, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

He was beloved worldwide as the king of the endless boogie, a genuine blues superstar whose droning, hypnotic one-chord grooves were at once both ultra-primitive and timeless. But John Lee Hooker recorded in a great many more styles than that over a career that stretched across more than half a century. "The Hook" was a Mississippi native who became the top gent on the Detroit blues circuit in the years following World War II. The seeds for his eerily mournful guitar sound were planted by his stepfather,...
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