John Lee Hooker

Moanin' the Blues [Eclipse]

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An interesting budget collection of John Lee's little recycled Vee-Jay recordings. The usual suspects like "Boom Boom," "Maudie," and "I'm Mad Again" are here, but the real delights are obscure favorites like "Everybody Rockin,'" "Run On," "Crawlin' Black Spider," and "Trouble Blues," all loaded with shards of explosive guitar from Hooker as he drags a rhythm section by the scruff of the neck. The transfers are a bit echoey and not as clear as they could be, but this is a neat little budget set well worth picking up when it's priced right.

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