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The Healer

John Lee Hooker

1989

The Healer

Album Summary

The Healer is a blues album by John Lee Hooker, released in 1989 by Chameleon Music Group Chameleon. The album features collaborations with Bonnie Raitt, Charlie Musselwhite, Los Lobos and Carlos Santana, among others.

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Rating

3.2

Votes

5143

Genres

  • Blues
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Sun Apr 11 2021
3

“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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Sun Apr 04 2021
4

not even flaccid 80s production can kill the blues

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Mon Mar 29 2021
3

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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Mon May 10 2021
5

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

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Sun Sep 26 2021
5

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

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

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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Mon Sep 27 2021
3

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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Thu Oct 14 2021
3

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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Wed Nov 24 2021
3

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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Tue Mar 08 2022
3

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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Fri Feb 26 2021
2

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

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

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

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Thu Apr 08 2021
5

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

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Tue Apr 06 2021
5

Amazing blues

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Surprised to hear Santana in such an album. Good vibes

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Mon Sep 27 2021
5

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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Wed Sep 29 2021
5

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

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Sat Oct 23 2021
5

Bisschen poppig produziert aber großartig

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Fri Nov 26 2021
5

This album goes hard man is goated at the guitar

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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

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

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

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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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

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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Fri Feb 04 2022
5

One of my all time favourite albums

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

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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Wed Feb 16 2022
5

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

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

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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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

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

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Tue Apr 26 2022
5

Enjoyed this very much

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Sun May 22 2022
5

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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Tue May 24 2022
5

nice guitar player

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Tue Aug 16 2022
5

loved it, thanks!

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Sat Aug 27 2022
5

I was never into blues, but hard to argue with The Godfather of blues!

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

I really enjoyed it, an older, slightly mellower John Lee Hooker.

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Sat Sep 17 2022
5

Beautiful blues by the master himself. A must hear album

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Sat Sep 17 2022
5

Absolutely fantastic, I have listened to John Lee Hooker many times but not this album, loved it.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

Blues

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

AMAZING! 10/10

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Liked this one - always enjoy some blues

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Great stuff!

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Sun Apr 18 2021
4

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

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

Like the collaboration and classic blues.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

I think I just like blues

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Mon May 10 2021
4

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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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

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

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

good blues and soul

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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

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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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

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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Mon May 10 2021
4

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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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

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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Sat May 08 2021
4

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

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

Superb blues, and great use of guest artists

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

Blues muy fino y temas con canned heat, santana etc

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Sat Mar 20 2021
4

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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Sat Mar 20 2021
4

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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Sat Mar 20 2021
4

Hab ich komplett durchgehört. Blues vom feinsten.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

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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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

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

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

Nice and smooth

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

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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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

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

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

Who knew that the blues could uplift? Great album.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

Great blues album. Definitely deserves a relisten.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

I forgot how much I enjoyed listening to the blues.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

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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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

Great blues. Cool features. Like Santana and Bonnie raitt

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

Clima bom com o blues com as participações especiais

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Sat Aug 14 2021
4

Great performances all around.

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Sat Aug 21 2021
4

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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Sun Aug 29 2021
4

Great blues album!

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Mon Aug 30 2021
4

Legendary

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

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

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

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

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

Excellent collaborations.

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

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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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Great blues and amazing collaborations.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

pretty good

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

7/10

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Sun Nov 14 2021
4

Old friend from the Oakland days

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

Vibey

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

Meget lækkert, især at de havde Santana med!

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

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

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

very epic!

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

Absolute class.

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Sat Jan 15 2022
4

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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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

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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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

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

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

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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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

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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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

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

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

Leuk blues album

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

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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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

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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Mon May 02 2022
4

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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Tue May 03 2022
4

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

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Fri May 13 2022
4

Solid Blues and Rock n' Roll

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Sun May 22 2022
4

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

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Wed May 25 2022
4

Some great collaborations with Uncle John. What a man, singer and guitarist he was. Particularly love the Santana collab.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

Highlights: Healer, In the Mood.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

pretty good blues album. there are a few songs where the 80s production shows but other than that it's a solid album

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Tue Jun 21 2022
4

Sounds good! Nice for a background

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Mon Jun 27 2022
4

Excellent newer blues.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

Wow, pretty late album from JLH. Very solid, very bluesy. (7/10) FT: The Healer, Think Twice Before You Go

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Sun Jul 17 2022
4

Amazing!

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

Well not normally my cup of tea but this is actually a nice restrained and classy blues album - surprising for me to find it enjoyable because normally I find the genre tiresome. Listen to this on a swelteringly hot humid day for maximum pleasure.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
4

I was torn between a 4-5 star. Lots of bops, cool guests, cool sounds

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

Typical 80's overproduction. The songs were good, but too polished for Hooker's style of blues. Thank heaven for the last 5 tracks, from "Sally Mae" to the end. THAT was John Lee blues.

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Sat Aug 13 2022
4

He’s got the Blues

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

Feels like a tale of two albums here. I did not like the over-produced first half with all the guest appearances. Too much hokey extra "flare" added in, like on the title track (sounded like a Sade song) and the tracks with Canned Heat and Los Lobos. I didn't mind his duet with Bonnie Raitt since they were just playing and singing; ditto for Baby Lee, Sally Mae, and That's Alright where the guests were just playing guitar or harmonica. Still, I much preferred the stripped down last three tracks especially Rockin' Chair and No Substitute. Feels like a 3.5, but I'm rounding up because the legend was 73 and still holding it down when he put out this album.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

Ah, the old trope: "If the old guy can't sell the record on his own, let's get people who are influenced by him to guest on the album." (Although if we got everyone influenced by JLH there would be no room to hear anyone...) Still, for the most part, I liked the album. I didn't feel like they were trying to pigeonhole him into songs he wouldn't really do. I thought the last two songs dragged on a bit too much, but sometimes that happens in the blues. They overstay their welcome. Never been a big fanned of Canned Heat, but they weren't as overbearing as I thought they would be on Cuttin't Out. The album, as a whole, isn't as straight-up blues as I was expecting. But even so, I enjoyed it for what it was. Probably the stand out songs here were the first three tracks and the one with Los Lobos.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

Some fantastic rockin' blues from a true legend.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

Not my preferred genre but nonetheless an enjoyable album!

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

Great Blues with lots of great collaborators

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Skip the first song, rest is golden.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Good bluest album

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Really enjoyed the blues style and pacing

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

valid blues

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

Even though in some ways this is the kind of blues that ends up all sounding the same to me, I think the different guests really made the songs they were on distinctive. And I liked his singing, and the guitar was really good.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

I'm not sure how to describe this album, it's not a perfect album but also it isn't bad, it's just blues that I could enjoy listening from time to time. Some songs are repetitive but even that doesn't make the album boring it's just a peculiar album

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Sat Sep 24 2022
4

I enjoyed this, but then I knew I would. John Lee Hooker is The Tits when it comes to blues. This isn't quite what I expected, being a touch more 80s than anything I've heard by him before. Good though.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

I thought this was a pretty good album calling back to classic Blues music. I quite enjoyed this, though I admit some of the songs seemed a little repetitive. Favourite: Cuttin' Out

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

It's OK. His voice is lovely.

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Sat Oct 08 2022
4

blues!!! loved.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

I could listen to this all day, and I almost did. A great and accessible blues record with some big name guest appearances. Rating: 4/5 Playlist track: I'm In The Mood Date listened: 07/10/22

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Sat Oct 15 2022
4

Very good. Never thought that blues could be this good.

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Sat Nov 05 2022
4

This was a major comeback for the 72 year old blues legend, during a time I was very much into blues music myself. My obsession with the blues has faded a lot over the years, but after a few listens I can still appreciate the album today. Most of the songs have a very stripped down setting, which I have always preferred when it comes to this genre. The recording sounds very crisp as well, and there are several interesting guest appearances to check out.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
4

For coming out in 1989 this certainly had an old jazz feel which was cool! I enjoyed this!

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Tue Nov 22 2022
4

This was a lovely experience! Roots blues music is perfect for Mondays! It's not one of the best albums of my life, but is absolutely good to listen to these clean guitars!

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Fri Nov 25 2022
4

One of the great classics

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Wed Nov 30 2022
4

I didn't know what to expect with this album at all. The first song I thought, "this sounds a lot like Santana, was Santana considered blues?"...its because Santana collaborated on the song. Great album.

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Wed Dec 07 2022
4

Some very good songs. Had never gotten into him. Great voice.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

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

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

5.5/10 FT: I'm in the mood

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

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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Thu May 20 2021
3

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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Tue Apr 27 2021
3

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

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Wed Mar 31 2021
3

not bad. bit boring

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Wed Mar 31 2021
3

Just eh.

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Wed May 26 2021
3

3 ruhig und nett

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Sat Mar 27 2021
3

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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Tue Feb 23 2021
3

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

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

Alright but not amazing

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

Thought this was excellent. Enjoyed the guitar playing throughout.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

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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Sat Mar 20 2021
3

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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Sat Mar 20 2021
3

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

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Thu May 27 2021
3

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

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

Good old blues.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
3

Cool 90s rap with some darker undertones

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Wed May 19 2021
3

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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Sat Jul 03 2021
3

Great Blues.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
3

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

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Thu May 06 2021
3

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

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Thu May 06 2021
3

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

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Sun May 09 2021
3

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

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Tue May 11 2021
3

Smooth easy listening

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Tue Jun 08 2021
3

Chill. Ok

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Mon Jun 14 2021
3

R&B de abuelos pero no en un mal sentido

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Fri Jul 02 2021
3

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

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Mon Jul 12 2021
3

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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Mon Jul 12 2021
3

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

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Mon Jul 12 2021
3

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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Mon Jul 19 2021
3

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

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Fri Jul 30 2021
3

Puro blues

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Sat Jul 31 2021
3

Bello ma nn penso il migliore

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Fri Aug 06 2021
3

Good blues album.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
3

Blues yes

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Sun Aug 29 2021
3

Liked a few songs. Some good star power here

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Thu Sep 09 2021
3

It’s insanely “cool” in parts

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Sat Sep 18 2021
3

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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Mon Sep 20 2021
3

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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Mon Sep 20 2021
3

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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Mon Sep 20 2021
3

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

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Tue Sep 21 2021
3

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

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Tue Oct 05 2021
3

As much as I really wanted to like this one, I mostly found it too repetitive for my taste. I do like his voice and can hear the good guitar playing, but I didn't really enjoy listening to it all that much.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

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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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

This is fun actually

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Tue Oct 19 2021
3

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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Sat Oct 23 2021
3

Schön, aber so richtig Hooker hör ich nicht raus…

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Mon Oct 25 2021
3

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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Tue Oct 26 2021
3

Nice sound. Groovy, Rock, Good background music.

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Sat Nov 06 2021
3

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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Tue Nov 09 2021
3

Not bad.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

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

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Mon Nov 15 2021
3

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

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Mon Nov 15 2021
3

Good, not my style.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
3

Mnie, tranca.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
3

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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Wed Nov 24 2021
3

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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Thu Nov 25 2021
3

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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Thu Nov 25 2021
3

Good blues. 3.0/5

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Mon Nov 29 2021
3

Chilled

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Mon Nov 29 2021
3

Okay-ish blues.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
3

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

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

Pretty good blues album

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Sat Dec 11 2021
3

hey do you guys like the blues

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

lovely voice, excellent guitar, lovely jazz

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

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

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

Hyvin toimii ja herätti janon kuunnella enemmänkin bluesia.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

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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Sat Dec 18 2021
3

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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