John Lee Hooker

Come and See About Me [DVD]

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Come and See About Me: The Definitive DVD, the first DVD release from the John Lee Hooker Estate, is exactly what it says it is -- definitive. Along with being a tremendous primer for the novice Come and See About Me is also an extraordinary two-hours-plus of documentary footage for the fans. Highlights are a roaring Santana giving John Lee the opportunity to take center-stage on "The Healer" from 1990 and a tremendous "Boogie Chillen" recorded in 1989 with Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones. Along the way there are performances with Foghat, Bonnie Raitt and a reverent moment with Van Morrison on "Baby Please Don't Go." The material comes from a variety of sources, but it is smoothly edited and very well paced with interview footage from daughter Zakiya Hooker, John Lee himself, as well as thoughtful commentary from Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Charlie Musselwhite, John Hammond and others. There's some nice bonus material including an extensive scrolling discography, additional interview footage from Hooker and his daughter, and a beautiful black and white six-page booklet that comes with the disc. Audio heard behind the discography and menu is the title track of this DVD, "Come and See About Me," from the lost 1949 tapes Jack O' Diamonds, a CD issued simultaneously with this package.

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