John Lee Hooker

Blues Six Pack

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The Six Pack series essentially offers EP-length collections of songs by various iconic blues, jazz, and soul artists associated with labels under the Concord Music Group umbrella (Bluesville, Fantasy, Stax, Riverside, Prestige, etc.). Like the humble six-pack of beer, these brief six-song collections are meant to offer inexpensive tastes of what Concord's vast vaults have to offer. John Lee Hooker's Blues Six Pack kicks off with a strong pair of understated acoustic tracks from his excellent 1959 Burning Hell album before offering up a spooky live rendition of "Crawlin' King Snake." Another couple of live cuts -- including one of his signature songs, "Boogie Chillun" -- close out this brief set that serves as a pretty nice introduction to Hooker's almost hypnotic, minimalist boogie blues style.

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