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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

Too bad you can't get it on Vinyl

If you don't have it then you better have everything else he put out during this period. AWESOME

First Blues

This album was the first Blues I ever purchased and as a novice to the genre, it was a fantastic place to start. "Never Get Out of These Blues Alive" is a great song featuring Van Morrison. One Bourbon, The Waterfront and Bang are all quality for a new listener. Grab a beverage of choice, turn the lights down and enjoy something you may have never heard.

Hooker at his best

Another Electric Hooker... also my first blues album by the king of blues. If you only have one Hooker set, this is the one. By far my favorite!


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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