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The Healer

John Lee Hooker

1989

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The Healer

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“The Healer” by John Lee Hooker (1989) This album is an okay introduction to the blues, performed by one of the blues legends in American music. As an album, however, it is tainted by its collaborative nature, undoubtedly driven by commercial concerns. It should have been described as “by John Lee Hooker and Friends”. Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Canned Heat, Los Lobos, and George Thorogood all made musical contributions. Unfortunately, these contributions had an adulterating effect on the pure blues artistry of John Lee Hooker. If the listener can focus on his performance instead of the backing music and collaborators, he/she can get a sense of what made John Lee Hooker great—and greatly influential. Now, the happy result of this sad collaborative feature is that the production provided recognition (and income) for Mr. Hooker in his waning years. He was 73 years old when the album was released. The title track’s lyrics help explain why listening to the blues is an uplifting experience. To more fully understand this, it helps to have lived south of, say, Mayflower, Arkansas and then moved to Detroit, Michigan. Some readers of these notes will understand the reference. Hooker’s guitar and vocals are nearly superlative. Pure Hooker can be heard on the last three tracks. Among these, “Rocking Chair” stands out. On “Rocking Chair”, one gets a good feel for how classic blues performers can (intentionally) drop tempo altogether, uniting guitar and voice in strict service to the ‘soul’ of the blues. This ambience had origins in Southern Protestant preaching, and should be approached from that perspective. Guitar on “My Dream” is distractingly out of tune. On “No Substitute”, you can feel the struggle against the maintenance of tempo between vocal and guitar on the one hand, and whoever is tapping rhythm (maybe Hooker himself?) on the other. For my money (and listening pleasure) just let the damn tempo go. This album is more accessible than classic blues, but for the real thing, try “House of the Blues” by John Lee Hooker (1967). 3/5

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John Lee Hooker is excellent, I could bathe in his music all day long.

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Like that classical blues album. Very crystal mix, psychedelic vocals and perfect balanced instruments!

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Legend. John Lee Hooker is a legend. And for good reason. Though the record is full of guest artists who all put their fingerprints on the songs, John Lee pulls everything back to a cohesive whole, grounding every track in his particular flavor of electric blues. "The Healer" is a canvas across which John Lee Hooker and his guests provide contrast to each other in a way that allows everyone to shine. It's an incredibly balanced record and an absolute pleasure to listen to.

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not even flaccid 80s production can kill the blues

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The Healer - John Lee Hooker 1. The Healer - 4/5 2. I’m In The Mood - 3/5 3. Baby Lee - 2/5 4. Cuttin’ Out - 2/5 5. Think Twice Before You Go - 3/5 6. Sally Mae - 3/5 7. That’s Alright - 3/5 8. Rockin’ Chair - 3/5 9. My Dream - 4/5 10. No Substitute - 4/5 Overall: 3.1/5 or 62% Fave Songs: The Healer

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Real boring ngl... good instrumentals and voice just maybe not today LOL

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I own this one and had not listened to it in a while.

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J’adore cet album blues. 5* a reecouter calme et blues rock en maintenant wow et la fin parfaite

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Amazing blues

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Surprised to hear Santana in such an album. Good vibes

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Vielschichtig und tolles Blues Werk, mal sexy, mal spröde, mal nachdenklich und es tönt manchmal gar bluesfern, und ist dann doch seiner am nahesten, wo Kangkleid sanft changierend verläuft. 4.5

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I learned of this when it was new and bought it then. Great collaborations!

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Bisschen poppig produziert aber großartig

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This album goes hard man is goated at the guitar

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This is a must come back to album. Absolutely fantastic.

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I’m not blues expert but I really enjoyed listening to this album. “The Healer” with that unmistakable Carlos Santana rhythm and guitar over John Lee Hooker’s vocals is a great opener to the album. Bonnie Raitt’s style is very evident even before she sings on “In The Mood.” This collaboration is also fantastic. This pattern repeats on the next five tracks with a different, incredibly talented guest artist imbuing John Lee Hooker’s seasoned blues performances with some of their musical styles. I loved all of the variety. Having little experience with John Lee Hooker, I appreciated having the opportunity to hear him on his own on the last three tracks. They are quite distinct but all share Hooker’s talented, emotional delivery. I don’t know that I’ve heard a more powerful ending to an album than “No Substitute.” The music drops away as Hooker delivers the last line on the album, ‘Just wasn’t there’. Amazing.

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I first became an admirer of John Lee Hooker from his memorable cameo in a movie full of memorable cameos, The Blues Brothers. It makes me so glad to know that he finally received the recognition he deserved from this album. I love the collaborations and interactions between him and the many other amazing musicians on this album. I could listen to this over and over and over. It's hard to pick a favorite song as I love listening to this as a whole. "The blues healed me."

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One of my all time favourite albums

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Like many other people my age, I first heard of John Lee Hooker by seeing him in the Blues Brothers. So I was surprised when he released this back in 1989. Admittedly I didn't fully appreciate this album until I saw Henry Rollins talked about John Lee Hooker in an interview a few years that I really gave this a proper listen. Blues isn't my go to genre and I find the production a bit slick for my tastes in places. This is a great album, for one to have a performer in their 70s turning out such grooves is amazing and there is a real craft on display here.

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Very cool bluesy album, I loved Carlos Santana's guitars.

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Hard not to like this but the whole enterprise raises questions. Certainly it mostly avoids seeming a gimmick (of which there was a high likelihood). The sui generis voice with good cameos (Los Lobos and B. Raitt the best; Santana axe work just this side of obnoxious and just short of overwhelming the track). The whole thing works because JLH is front and center on every track. And last few tracks (JLH alone) may be the strongest overall. I want to give it a 5, but feel compromised. Is this really just JLH-lite? Why/how is this the only Hooker in the book? Would a 5 rating seem to degrade the earlier work? One feels certain there are superior records in the archives though blues scholars would be best positioned to say. Does it raise the issue of cultural appropriation (see also Graceland)? It feels pretty authentic (save for Santana opener). Is this an homage/honoring or could it be read as more established artists (including both white and people of color) feeling like he needed a rescuing or drafting off his lead (see also the entire history of rock/pop music)? Overall, I get an honoring vibe, but these are complex questions hovering around what really is an excellent listen. Plus, it’s inspiring me to go deeper into the back catalog … more of which should be “known” … let’s go 5.

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This is gold. Not a bad one in the bunch. I listened through twice.

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Enjoyed this very much

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Doesn’t get more real than this. Hooker is himself on each song. Collaborations add colour, but his soul is in each song. Heartfelt, personal, beautiful.

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nice guitar player

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Liked this one - always enjoy some blues

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Great stuff!

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I realy liked this album. Blues is one of my many favorites.

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Like the collaboration and classic blues.

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I think I just like blues

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I really got into this in the end. At first I wasn't sure but it took a second listen. Easy going and cool

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Strong blues, "long, hazy summer day" vibes.

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good blues and soul

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very good album in my opinion with great funky styles. simple yet effective and i couldnt really get bored of it at all

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Relaxte muziek! Ik kan er ook goed bij werken. En weer eens wat anders dan de Britse overkill hier de laatste tijd.

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Very nice, I could listen to this is most settings, in fact I’m trying to think of a setting where this wouldn’t fit... and I can’t really think of one.

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As of this day, Wednesday 30th June 2021, I Nigel Peter Dandelion Spackman, have only murdered 7 hookers. If you read anything different, it's libellous.

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This was a great listen. Didn't love the first track, but even that wasn't bad.

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Superb blues, and great use of guest artists

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Blues muy fino y temas con canned heat, santana etc

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Richtig gut. I'am in the mood ist mein favourite oder Think twice before you go?! Ich höre es einfach nochmal...

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Titelsong the healer ist gleich ein Kracher. Santana auch eh super. Toller sound, gefühlvoll und trotzdem mit positivem vibe. Coverbild und titel haben mich auch angesprochen. 4 Sterne deluxe

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Hab ich komplett durchgehört. Blues vom feinsten.

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Pretty good, I enjoyed it. Both very good instrumentation (a shame it can't all be with Santana though!) and a very good voice with just a little bit of grit.

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Good collaborations. Some good tracks on here, mostly toward the beginning of the album. It definitely drops off.

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Nice and smooth

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Authentic Blues that is somehow stripped away while still having larger supporting instrumentation. Hooker asserts himself as a mainstay within the genre, and delivers an album worthy of his legacy.

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Good stuff. Made for a nice compliment to an early morning l hot tub

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Who knew that the blues could uplift? Great album.

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Great blues album. Definitely deserves a relisten.

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I forgot how much I enjoyed listening to the blues.

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I'm not generally much for blues albums, but this one was really interesting. It incorporated a lot of elements of other musical styles into it. It's also nice to hear a blues album with good production, since so many albums from earlier eras suffer from a lack of production value 4/5

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Great blues. Cool features. Like Santana and Bonnie raitt

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Clima bom com o blues com as participações especiais

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Great performances all around.

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Sweet! John Lee Hooker on his own is always a great listen; throw in guest stars like Bonnie Raitt, George Thorogood, Robert Cray, etc....soooo good. Really nice album.

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Great blues album!

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Legendary

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Sinfully soulful. Will be checking this guy out more. Effortlessly cool and groovy

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I really enjoyed this album. I had not really been all that familiar with John Lee hooker in the past.

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Excellent collaborations.

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this one kicked off a huge boost in interest in the venerable bluesman - but it did so by remaining true to what made him special, honouring his roots, his great voice, and his heart. Many guests, great vibe throughout.

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Great blues and amazing collaborations.

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pretty good

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7/10

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Old friend from the Oakland days

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Vibey

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Meget lækkert, især at de havde Santana med!

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I'm in the Mood is just amazing & love this album!

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very epic!

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Absolute class.

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It's an album with lots of collaborations with other artists. Some, like Los Lobos, work a lot better than others, like Santana. After the terrible first song of the album is slowly turns into a real bluesy John Lee Hooker album. 3,5 stars

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Some great blues from JLH and some of 1989's more mainstream artists. Loved The Healer with Carlos Santana, I'm in the Mood with Bonnie Raitt, Baby Lee with Robert Cray, Cuttin' Out with Canned Heat, and Think Twice Before You Go with Los Lobos. I found the second half of the album much less fun. (I guess I like my blues to be fun.) I'd love to hear more from John Lee Hooker though.

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I went to the Church of Blues today, and it was healing.

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Okay, now this is my shit right here. What an absolute vibe. Pure blues, pure vibes, pure 4/5, close to a 5, just needed to be longer.

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What a bop. Had no expectations and loved this start to finish. Lyrically it's not particularly inspired but musically fantastic with a high energy start that melds into a more mellow mood by the end. It's a 4.5, if the system would allow!

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It was really good but probably my least favorite so far.

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Leuk blues album

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Loving Santana's collaboration on the title track, along with the percussion. Great combination. Awesome singing and guitar by Bonnie Rait on 'I'm in the mood'. Otherwise great guitar work and vocals throughout the album.

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5th April 2022 Listened in the morning while working from home before going out to meet sav and watch the Liverpool match (benfica 1-3) and he asked me to be one of his best men! Wasn’t crazy about the Santana combo to open but you can’t not love a bit of JLH. Elder statesmen of the blues.

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Great album, and I have another of his albums that includes a number of the songs on this one. Very much enjoyed some good old blues with modern(ish...) artists. 4

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pretty good blues sounds. I liked to variety of artists paired with John Lee.

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Solid Blues and Rock n' Roll

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What a great album! The guitar play is textbook perfect, without being too much or overshadowing the vocals.

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6/23 Disco blues. Standout Tracks: The Healer, Cuttin' Out, Sally Mae

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5.5/10 FT: I'm in the mood

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Solid blues jams. The first track blew me away and I was like “holy shit he sounds like Santana”.... the track just featured Santana tho lol

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Typically classic blues stuff doesn't do it for me, but this one's pretty good. I like the different featured guests, so sometimes a little too much 80s glossy sheen creeps in.

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Liked it a lot, but I rarely feel in the mood for the blues.

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not bad. bit boring

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Just eh.

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3 ruhig und nett

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Some nice collaborations > I liked the Bonnie R song and Carlos' guitar didn't need an introduction. A lot less edge here than on earlier Johny Lee material. Due to his age, I'm sure, & the slick production. A bit smooth for me.

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Unexpected treat. Nice smooth music, never heard of this guy before.

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Alright but not amazing

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Thought this was excellent. Enjoyed the guitar playing throughout.

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i couldn't be arsed with all the roadhouse blues stuff, its just cheesy, even if he was the guy that came up with it. the slow blues towards the end, now some of that was excellent.

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Solider Blues und zum Teil echt schicke Solis. Ich möchte auch die rauchige Stimme. Außerdem bedeutend passender zu meinem Hörrythmus (morgens nach dem Aufstehen).

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Etwas frickelig, ich mag die großen Gitarrenhelden. Müsste das aber noch Mal in Ruhe hören...

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Liked this. Thought the collaborations brought something a bit more to the album.

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Good old blues.

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Cool 90s rap with some darker undertones

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Mixed feelings about this one. It's so clearly a master at work, collaborating with other superstars. Yet this album has somehow failed to draw me in. I'd be into it in one moment, then it would fade to background music the next.

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Great Blues.

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-Great intro and guitar in general in "The Healer" -Great of it wasn't too exciting

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Track 1 and 2 are goat, blues bangers all round.

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The first track is genuinely a little bit healing... nice.

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Blues is the one genre I can’t get super excited about but this one was nice

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Smooth easy listening

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Chill. Ok

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R&B de abuelos pero no en un mal sentido

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The title track might be my least favorite, but enjoyed most the others.

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Redelijk album, beetje te commercieel naar mijn smaak en vooral een weinig origineel. Kan er verder goed naar luisteren, vooral de eerste twee nummers uiteraard, maar geen hoogvlieger

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Fijne sound, aantal herkenbare tracks. Niet genoeg om mijn aandacht hele album vast te houden.

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Ik herken meteen Carlos Santana in het eerste nummer, dat sowieso erg bekend klinkt. Vervolgens ook een bekende damesstem (Bonnie Raitt) in het tweede nummer. Dit is heerlijk bluesmateriaal, al had ik wat meer up-tempo willen hebben voor de vrijdag, laatste dag van de week. Mark zal blij zijn, want van hem leerde ik gisteren Stevie Ray Vaughan kennen, dus vast een enorme liefhebber van het genre. Helaas ook bij dit blues-album is dat alle liedjes snel op elkaar beginnen te lijken. Uiteraard kun je dan naar de tekst gaan luisteren, maar het blijft muziek he, geen boek. Voor mij een prima album, niks mis mee. Favoriet blijft titelsong "The Healer". Ik ga nog een nachtje (update: weekendje) slapen over het aantal sterren.

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Ok steady blues...good for the right move and mood

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Puro blues

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Bello ma nn penso il migliore

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3

Good blues album.

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Blues yes

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Liked a few songs. Some good star power here

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It’s insanely “cool” in parts

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Pretty cool. Very much like Gil Scott Heron crossed with Ali Farka Toure. Santana guitar mixed in too. Hard to rate, not a genre I'd regularly go back to but I do seem to have a soft/spot for blues/Country vibes from time to time. Seems like the quality of music deserves more than a 3,but I think Il give it a 3 just cos I'm not sure if it's quite a 4 for me personally. 3

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John Lee Hooker's shtick at this point feels a bit old, not bad but not sure any new material does much for me.

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Man, I hope this is not the only John Lee Hooker album on this list... It's alright but I would much rather listen to an earlier record of his without all the guests.

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I like this and appreciate it for the soulful blues that is is, but it doesn't excite me particularly.

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JLH is a legend. This album is one of his better latter albums. Still a little too polished.

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I'm not super crazy about albums with a million collaborations like this. Was worried this would be like those Santana records in the late 90's (You know, the one with "Smooth" and the Matchbox 20 guy) where every track is basically just in the style of the collaborator and the main artist is just sort of a show-piece in the background. First track (ironically with Santana) is definitely kind of like this but as it went on it (largely) escaped that trap. Still, it feels like this is probably not his best work - more of his introduction to mainstream audiences. It's fairly stripped down, straight ahead blues. Enjoyable but not that inspiring. I suspect his back catalog is much stronger than this record. Still, glad he got paid by this record - sounds like it let him live out the rest of his life without money worries. It's fine but not great, 3 stars.

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I really liked In the mood, neat that Bonnie Raitt was on it. This Isn't my first exposure to John Lee Hooker. He's so fucking good, this isn't my favorite work of his but it is good, it's a bit overproduced it feels like at times. But even that can't kill the Blues baby.

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Good soulful blues this is. Enjoyed the title track a lot, kinda got bored in the end, but glad I listened

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This is fun actually

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I think this album is decent, but I just didn’t enjoy it. His voice is just too monotonous and distorted. I’m not into it.

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Schön, aber so richtig Hooker hör ich nicht raus…

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Enjoyed this more than expected, I was putting if off but the it didn’t bore me like blues has a tendency to do.

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Nice sound. Groovy, Rock, Good background music.

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I read that this got Hooker the recognition he deserved his whole life, got him a Grammy, and the royalties allowed him to live his late life in relative comfort. Those are great things, but for the little I know of his other music, this doesn't show why he was great. The Bonnie Raitt song and the tracks near the end after he dropped the collabs were the best, and getting there.

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Not bad.

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Weird. Sounds like it’s music for guys that wear lots of rings.

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Pretty good blues album with some big names. Don't care for it enough to relisten.

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Good, not my style.

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Mnie, tranca.

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John Lee Hooker is forever Aces in my book for his appearance in The Blues Brothers alone. I can't help but think this isn't the John Lee Hooker album that should be on the list to represent his greatness. He's a bit overshadowed here by the likes of Bonnie Raitt (who was experiencing something of a career renaissance at the time) and George Thorogood. And he's not doing himself any favors hanging out with Carlos Santana. But you've got to have some Hooker on this list. I just wish the album had "Boom Boom".

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Hooker is a legendary blues artist, without a doubt. I'm a huge fan of his album with Canned Heat, Hooker 'n Heat. I was excited to here some more traditional blues styling from him, but this album isn't quite that. It's something of a mix of styles, but there's still a throughline of Hooker's blues. The story behind this is more interesting than the music itself for me: released when Hooker was 73, and it got him his first Grammy and achieved a level of success that permitted John Lee Hooker to live out the end of his life in comfort." That's a beautiful thing. I enjoyed quite a few tracks on here, but it didn't wow me as a whole. Still, an enjoyable listen. I hope we get more from him on the list. Favorite tracks: Sally Mae, Rockin' Chair, The Healer. Album art: A bit spooky, like someone's reaching out from beyond the grave. I'll trust that it's a healer, but I'm keeping my distance. 3.5/5

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While initially frightened by those healing hands (looks like babadook) this album was anything but scary. Classic blues in the best way with Santana even joining in the fun. Enjoyed this one!

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Chill blues album. Songs become very repetitive and samey as it goes on. There's a smoky, magical sound to some of the tracks which feels good and Hooker's voice is soft and smooth and perfect for this kind of music, but it's just too much of the same.

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Good blues. 3.0/5

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Chilled

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Okay-ish blues.

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Another name that I am familiar with but haven't really listened to. Decent blues album.

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Pretty good blues album

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hey do you guys like the blues

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lovely voice, excellent guitar, lovely jazz

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ihan kivaa bluesia. jotenkin vähän valui toisesta korvasta ulos, ei jääny kovinkaan voimakkaasti mieleen.

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Hyvin toimii ja herätti janon kuunnella enemmänkin bluesia.

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kunnon hyvää letkeetä blues meininkiä, ebin santana :D ehkä en kehtaa myöntää että tykkäsin niin paljon että ansaitsis neljä tähteä, mutta 3.5 ainakin.

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I’m far impressed with his previous work. This album was a far departure in style and it doesn’t work well stylistically.

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Blues!

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Awesome album

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Soulin

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Not too sure, no sparks but finished it any way.

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Haven't heard it all yet but so far so good

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Seems to be dialling it in, not sure why i had to listen to that particular album before i die

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Ma jazz album, pozadinski, nimalo loš. Just like that.

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Pa dobro. Nis special ali jako slušljivo. Santana uvijek dobrodošao

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Nothing much stuck with me here, but there were immaculate blues vibes peppered across the entire tracklist. Some of the guitar playing was absolutely filthy and the range of collaborations was great, with the featured artists bringing a slightly different flavour to each of their tracks before a much more subdued and emotional closing run

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This was inoffensive yet plain porridge.

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Enjoyed this one, some vibey songs, especially towards the start of the album. I did get a bit bored as it went on though.

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That's Alright: 0/10 for relationship advice Enjoyed this, got a wee bit lost in the middle but the last two songs were very pretty

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Decent blues album. Haven’t listened to John Lee hooker much but this felt like him at the tail end of his career. The guitar playing was solid and the songs were very typical bluesy. 5.6/10

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2022.01.27

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Really enjoying the more up-tempo songs at the start of this album, but it does drop off from Sally Mae onwards as it slows down a lot. Absolutely amazing musicians and great skill in this, I'm just not blown away in the 2nd half.

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Good blues, but I don't care for blues

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JLH was 73 when h recorded this. Wow. The late 80's production brings out the best of the blues guitar. It's a little trudge laden in places, but that's the blues, innit.

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Buen disco

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Unexceptional blues rock

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Definitely worth a listen. High-quality blues. Blues is a respectable genre The song with Santana had epic guitar, as one would expect

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You can tell Mr Hooker is starting to get up there in his age upon release of this album. While he is surround by Allstars , I would not choose this particular album for the list. There are many better in his catalog. I believe this one was a miss. He still gets 3 stars because he is John Lee Hooker.

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Очень приятная гитара.

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Good music but like all blues, every song sounded the same when listening in the background

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40 minutes of generic blues music. I'm indifferent towards this one.

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Given the rather embarrassing cover and the vintage of 1989, I lessened my expectations of this album, even though I have loved plenty of John Lee Hooker joints. And the grimness of the 80s production on the opening track made my gums recede, sounding exactly like a shifty, leisure-suited band in an especially dingy bar playing Midnight at the Oasis. So why did John Lee Hooker lose his creative bearings on this album? Well, the first seven tracks are all collaborative, but they lack any sense of creative tension or exploration, an absence spotlit by the mouldy production. Maybe it's reverence towards John, causing the performances to seem mannerist and artificial. However, the last three tracks are solo efforts, and we finally hear the old Hooker magic. Seriously, the last three tracks rescue the album from embarrassment and belatedly demonstrate John Lee Hooker's majesty as an artist. So, the mean of the album is very much average, but the best tracks are touched by the hand of God and nobody else.

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I want to like this more. It's got lots of soul. Everything is recorded and mixed well. It sounds like it was a really fun record to make. Unfortunately, the blues just makes me snooze. I know it's not an album trying to break barriers; it's a style that's been done a million times before, but only occasionally has it been done this well. I can appreciate how good it is even if it's not my thing. The Los Lobos track is a good old-time rock and roll song that kicks in at the right time and brings some much-needed energy to the mix.

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A nice blues mix, with some songs definitely rising above the rest (e.g., the Santana collaboration).

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Not my favourite Hooker record but still good

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Back half of this one made a much stronger impression than the front half, although the opener with Santana was pretty cool. My Dream specifically resonated with me. Such strong emotion on this one. Hooker was in his 70’s when he made this record. Makes you think about what people you’ll miss and the moments gone by that you’ll reflect on at that age.

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Guys, I think his baby left him. The collaborations in the first half are really quite dull and mar the album. But unleash Hooker solo at the end of the record and there’s something special he creates with voice and guitar, slowly drawing you in to the blues. It’s really rather beautiful.

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How is this on the list????? JLH must have done a better album than this !?

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Interesting, not an unpleasant listening experience.

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The First song was just ok. I like the start to the 2nd one so far. Easy to listen too and enjoyable. Definitely a Blues Jam!

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jpense il a du pécho un max

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Bit backgroundy

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Blues lentillo. Ni fu ni fa.

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3/5

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3.2 - good blues, but didn’t really standout in the genre to me (although not my deepest/biggest affinity for this type of music)

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hell of a guitar player and I really enjoyed the first track with santana

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Este es un disco para escuchar en una tarde lluviosa. Me gusta el blues rabioso y urgente, pero también puedo disfrutar de uno más acompasado, paciente, meditativo, como el de este disco.

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Good ol revival blues.

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strong start but then kinda flopped

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Fine. 5/10

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It had some moments, but dragged on for way too long

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Blues.

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Tja....

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Eerste liedje klinkt bekend en klinkt aangenaam. Daarna verzandt het toch teveel in pure blues. Niet aan mij besteed.

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Baby Lee is Robert Plant's favourite. Fancies babies. Nonce.

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Modern communications technology has jaded me. Every track elicited a thought of "I have heard derivations of this on Spotify/Pandora/Sirius/Radio/YouTube/etc". Would have been such an exciting thing to discover this album back when you had to work to listen to and discover music. It's all fine music, that's about all I can say. Maybe it was over produced with all the collaborations happening. Didn't have a unified POV.

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The first song was AWFUL—something you’d hear in a Fair Trade store, everything I hate about world music produced to pander to the 90s white coffeehouse set. It’s for the 90s Starbucks crowd, lame 90s elements fucking up boring blues. I hate most of this album. At one point it “Rocking Chair” sounded like the comedian playing fake jazz piano. I will admit I did some toe tapping on track 3 and 4 and felt the heart of the last track. D. Still better than Anthrax.

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Blues by numbers.

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Must of these collaborations are good and more of a showcase for the relatively younger guitarists. Sacred cow or not, I don't enjoy most of John Lee Hooker's mumbling and guitar picking. 2.5/5

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Not my genre of music but some of it was quite listenable

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Just not my thing

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Not really much of a blues guy. But on occasion I can enjoy and appreciate the genre. But not this time. Nothing bad here just nothing that gets me excited. 2.5 🌟

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Not my kind of music, pretty meh

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I love blues, but this album is just flat. I wonder why an album like this made this list and none of the albums of Stevie Ray Vaughan.

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Not as much feeling as a expected, seemed to be a bit lackluster in places.

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A very distinctive sound equating to a thin pingy guitar tone, a stomping foot, and changing to either a I, IV or V chord whenever the mood strikes him. Some call it primitive and rootsy. I'd call it something else entirely.

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The same okay song, the entire album. Listen to the entire thing and didn't hear anything.

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A bit boring. Some songs sounds improvised, and not very well.

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Blues with no passion is terrible.

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Good sound for blues….

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Horny jazz

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Det var nu ikke hans bedste album. "My Dream" er lidt bedre end de andre. 2,5

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I found it really boring to be honest

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A classic blues musician held back by 80s production that I dislike so much. The guest list also feels like a slight vanity project, or similar to how Santana was in the mid 00s (convenient he's on here too). Favorite track: "Rockin' Chair"

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Pretty uneven album. About half the cuts are lame and both the production and John Lee Hooker himself sound aged (not in the way that’s good for a blues musician), particularly the first song, and the other half are solid blues numbers with the last song standing out as being truly poignant. It’s not that bad overall but it gets a 2 because 😈

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Baš slušljiv i baš meh.

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Better slower, better acoustic. *Rockin’ Chair *My Dream

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I enjoyed parts of it but have always had a hard time getting into straight blues (but love blues rock, blues influenced jazz, etc)

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2/5 nope

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I dig his voice and guitar work but the 80s production really detracts from hit in my opinion. It does make me want to check out some of his earlier work though.

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An album mostly of collaborations, with most of them sounding how you think they would given who he’s collaborating with on that track. Not his best.

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This did not start well. I have a real aversion to that soft blues style. And have never heard a Santana song that I like. But this got better, at least in places. In The Mood is such a classic that it is hard to ruin it. Although give me the original version any day. The songs near the end, where it is just the man himself and his guitar still sound good, but as a whole this album seems a miscalculated attempt to reach a ‘modern’ audience and takes out much of the energy and directness that makes John Lee Hooker one of the original greats.

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Tremendously boring.

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Slow blues, slightly faster blues, blues with extra singers and musicians, all 12-bar, just an awful lot of very samey stuff.

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(sigh) This is a great example about what gives me the screaming shits about this 1001 albums project. This was John lee Hooker's biggest album by far, won him a Grammy, and paid for him to live the rest of his life in comfort. It is really well recorded versions of some of classic material (even if a little heavy on the 80s digital synths, recorded to a click track, soooo much reverb, and somewhat over polished by Roy Rogers) and with very impressive guests stars (Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Roy Rogers, Robert Cray, Canned Heat, George Thorogood, Charlie Musselwhite, Los Lobos). But is this REALLY a John lee Hooker album? Have you really heard and understood John lee Hooker if this is the only album of his you have heard? Most tracks sound more like the guest stars than John Lee Hooker. Most of the guests do a pretty good version of the blues, but it is a little strange to me that nearly all of the collaborators on this album are white. And I'm sure they even have Hooker playing guitar on all tracks.It feels a little bit like wheeling Hooker out to provide a veneer of authenticity to a major label album of blues for a mainstream (read as "white") audience, but he really is just window dressing. I don't begrudge Hooker his belated recognition or long-delayed pay-day, but this is not the album you should hear from one of the titans of electric blues. This is blues for people who don't really know anything about blues. This is the blues for middle-aged financial advisers. This is blues for dentists who have a Harley Davidson in their garage to occasionally pretend they are a bad-ass. It's blues for soccer moms to dance to. This a blues for white people. Listening to this again reminds me of why I sold my copy of this album. I know John Lee Hooker had a patchy history with record labels, but surely there is a better choice to represent this giant of the blues?

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Meh

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just not my thing at all.

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Ja, gewoon kut natuurlijk. Met die irritante santana er ook nog bij...

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No no no no more blues. No no no no amount of collaborations can save this album of late 80s CPAP blues. D

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Veldig kjedelig album, ikkje min type musikk. Veldig sånn «elvis-musikk». Alle sangane va veldig like, og eg komme nok aldri til å høra på detta igjen

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Late 80s romance blues? Uninspiring. Guy can strum a guitar sure, but this was boring.

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The guitar is good. But it is not music I really enjoyed. It would be okay live in a bar however, with a lot of drink involved

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Never liked JLH. I don't understand why he's popular. He just outlived all the other great blues musicians.

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Bored to death by this album. Probably need to relisten at a later date. ?/10

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sigh

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boring and not impressed

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Grand respect pour l’artiste et je comprends que cet album a été son plus gros vendeur grâce aux collaborateurs. Par contre, je ne reviendrai pas à cet album. Je vais plutôt aller fouiller dans ses plus vieux enregistrements.

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C’est franchement mauvais. Ça commence avec du E-piano... pas bon ça. Ensuite, il y a plein de mauvaise compréhension harmoniques dans l’album. On dirait qu’il ne sait pas quand ça va aller au IV. C’est encore pire pour Bonnie Raitt. Les 3 meilleures toune sont les 3 où il est seul et sur la 1re des 3, on dirait qu’il ne sait pas du tout jouer de la guitare. Il n’y a que « No substitute » qui soit un peu venue me chercher.

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Pas un fan de blues à la base et cet album ne m'a pas fait changer d'avis malheureusement. Le son de flute de pan synth dans la première toune est hilarant, à part ça je suis resté sur ma faim pas mal, c'est un musicien légendaire mais cet album ne l'est pas. Des grand bout je sens le bassiste sur le radar : "quand est-ce qu'on va au IV déjà?!?" Style... J'aurais préférer un album plus vieux qui l'a révélé ou qqch plus root je sais pas.... Leurs choix commencent à m'épuiser...

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Capa assusta mas as músicas são bem melódicas e blues, o tiozinho canta bem também e os instrumentos são bem usados também sla 7.5/10

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Technically proficient but the blues is NOT my jam at all.

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Can definitely see the critically-acclaimed moniker for this album. That said, it's not a personal preference and not something I would listen to on repeat.

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