John Lee Hooker

John Lee Hooker Is Hip: Greatest Hits

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There have been few modern musicians who can embody the inherent contradictions of the blues as well as John Lee Hooker. Primitive and complicated, simple and complex, joyous and devastating, Hooker is never one or the other -- he is always both. This collection of blues standards finds Hooker at the top of his game, announcing happily "This Is Hip" on one track and singing of the simple sexualized glory of a woman with "Big Legs, Tight Skirt" two tracks later. The collection is dominated by his highly stylized, up-tempo boogies, and when Hooker chimes in with "It Serves Me Right to Suffer" near the end of the collection, he makes his suffering sound well worth it.

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