Too Much Boogie

John Lee Hooker

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Too Much Boogie Review

by Thomas Ward

Another of Laserlight's series of John Lee Hooker collections, Too Much Boogie carries on the trend of the rest of the series. These are superior budget albums, and together they provide an excellent record of Hooker and his music. Tim Branom's liner notes are excellent, although they stop short of being definitive, and the choice of tracks, although constrained by copyright restrictions, is revelatory. The concluding trio -- "I Tried Hard," "Down Child," and "Bad Boy" -- provides one of the more thrilling finishes to a Hooker record anywhere. All in all, Too Much Boogie is highly recommended.

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