This collection centers on the prolific John Lee Hooker's recordings for Vee-Jay Records in the late '50s and early '60s. Some of this material is as smooth as Hooker ever got (relatively speaking, of course). Check out "Onions" here to get a glimpse of what Hooker might have sounded like in a parallel universe backed up by Booker T. & the MG's and the Memphis Horns. There are countless compilations of this material on the market, issued by a variety of labels under assorted different titles, but you really can't go wrong with Hooker -- he always delivered what he was supposed to deliver with no frills and no fuss. Just don't expect any kind of liner notes.
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AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett