John Lee Hooker

Best of John Lee Hooker [Prism]

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British budget label Prism Leisure's The Best of John Lee Hooker, its tracks licensed from British reissue label Charly with no other source indicated, consists of studio recordings of John Lee Hooker backed by a band, performing some of his better known songs, including "Boom Boom," "Dimples," and "Boogie Chillun." The spare liner notes by Tony Watts are not helpful in identifying the material, beyond Watts' comment that the album "includes many of [Hooker's] greatest hits as well as later re-workings of earlier successes like 'Crawlin' Kingsnake' and 'Hobo Blues.' Maybe that's the best you can expect from an inexpensive collection at least once removed from the original owners. In any case, Hooker is characteristically effective and the sound quality is good, wherever these recordings come from.

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