John Lee Hooker

Very Best of John Lee Hooker [Deja Vu]

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This double-disc collection centers on the prolific John Lee Hooker's recordings for Vee-Jay Records in the late '50s and early '60s, with a nice dose of sides Hooker recorded for Bernie Besman at United Sound Studios in Detroit between 1948 and 1952 (these were leased to Modern Records in Los Angeles, although Besman did release some of them on his own Sensation Records imprint). There are countless compilations of Hooker material on the market, issued by a variety of labels under assorted different titles, and this one isn't much different, but then you really can't go wrong with this guy -- he always delivered what he was supposed to deliver with no frills and no fuss.