John Lee Hooker

A Mess'a Blues: The John Lee Hooker Collection

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A mix of acoustic and electric blues tracks, this collection of 20 songs is a fairly decent overview of John Lee Hooker's popular numbers. You get immortal classics such as "Dimples," "Boom Boom," "Hobo Blues," "Boogie Chillun'," "Keep Your Hands to Yourself," and "Crawlin' Kingsnake." The rest of the material lies somewhere between filler and nonessential Hooker, taken from recordings re-reissued as Whiskey & Wimmen and Trouble Blues. One wishes there were some liner notes or some discographical information included, because even for aficionados, this is a crapshoot.

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