This John Lee Hooker collection gathers 16 tracks that most fans of "the Hook" have heard ad nauseam and own in spades, including "Boom Boom," "Maudie," "Whiskey and Wimmen," and "Crawlin' Black Spider." The novice listener should be advised that when purchasing Hooker-related budget collections, more often than not the sound quality is substandard. Unfortunately, that's the case on Classic American Voices. If you're looking for a definitive Hooker comp, go for the Rhino two-disc set released in 1995, The Very Best of John Lee Hooker.
AllMusic Review by Al Campbell