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John Lee Hooker – Sings John Lee Hooker (1982/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

John Lee Hooker – Sings John Lee Hooker (1982/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 00:24:21 minutes | 440 MB | Genre: Blues
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Archive of Folk & Jazz Music

John Lee Hooker (August 22, 1912 or 1917 – June 21, 2001) was an American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist. The son of a sharecropper, he rose to prominence performing an electric guitar-style adaptation of Delta blues. Hooker often incorporated other elements, including talking blues and early North Mississippi Hill country blues. He developed his own driving-rhythm boogie style, distinct from the 1930s–1940s piano-derived boogie-woogie. Hooker was ranked 35 in Rolling Stone’s 2015 list of 100 greatest guitarists.

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John Lee Hooker – The Real Folk Blues (1966/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

John Lee Hooker – The Real Folk Blues (1966/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 37:37 minutes | 720 MB | Genre: Blues
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Geffen

The Real Folk Blues is an album by blues musician John Lee Hooker that was recorded in Chicago in 1966 and released by the Chess label. Additional tracks from the sessions were released as More Real Folk Blues: The Missing Album in 1991.

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John Lee Hooker – Hooker ‘N Heat (1971/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

John Lee Hooker – Hooker ‘N Heat (1971/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/192kHz | Time – 01:26:23 minutes | 3,36 GB | Genre: Blues
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © EMI – EMI Records (USA)

When this two-LP set was initially released in January 1971, Canned Heat was back to its R&B roots, sporting slightly revised personnel. In the spring of the previous year, Larry “The Mole” Taylor (bass) and Harvey Mandel (guitar) simultaneously accepted invitations to join John Mayall’s concurrent incarnation of the Bluesbreakers. This marked the return of Henry “Sunflower” Vestine (guitar) and the incorporation of Antonio “Tony” de la Barreda (bass), a highly skilled constituent of Aldolfo de la Parra (drums). Sadly, it would also be the final effort to include co-founder Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson, who passed away in September 1970. Hooker ‘n Heat (1971) is a low-key affair split between unaccompanied solo John Lee Hooker (guitar/vocals) tunes, collaborations between Hooker and Wilson (piano/guitar/harmonica), as well as five full-blown confabs between Hooker and Heat. The first platter focuses on Hooker’s looser entries that vacillate from the relatively uninspired ramblings of “Send Me Your Pillow” and “Drifter” to the essential and guttural “Feelin’ Is Gone” or spirited “Bottle Up and Go.” The latter being among those with Wilson on piano. Perhaps the best of the batch is the lengthy seven-minute-plus “World Today,” which is languid and poignant talking blues, with Hooker lamenting the concurrent state of affairs around the globe. “I Got My Eyes on You” is an unabashed derivative of Hooker’s classic “Dimples,” with the title changed for what were most likely legal rather than artistic concerns. That said, the readings of the seminal “Burning Hell” and “Bottle Up and Go” kept their familiar monikers intact. The full-fledged collaborations shine as both parties unleash some of their finest respective work. While Canned Heat get top bill – probably as it was the group’s record company that sprung for Hooker ‘n Heat – make no mistake, as Hooker steers the combo with the same gritty and percussive guitar leads that have become his trademark. The epic “Boogie Chillen No. 2” stretches over 11 and a half minutes and is full of the same swagger as the original, with the support of Canned Heat igniting the verses and simmering on the subsequent instrumental breaks with all killer and no filler. The 2002 two-CD pressing by the French Magic Records label is augmented with “It’s All Right,” with a single edit of “Whiskey and Wimmen.”

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John Lee Hooker – Live At Montreux 1983 (Remaster) (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

John Lee Hooker – Live At Montreux 1983 (Remaster) (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:06:01 minutes | 876 MB | Genre: Blues
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Eagle Rock Entertainment

The legendary bluesman John Lee Hooker brought his boogie style blend of rhythm & blues to deliver two blistering performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1983.

Joined by The Coast-to-Coast Blues Band they cover an impressive set of hits from across his career including ‘Boom Boom”, “Crawlin’ King Snake” and his very first single “Boogie Chillen’”.​

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John Lee Hooker – The Real Blues (1970/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

John Lee Hooker – The Real Blues (1970/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 28:36 minutes | 563 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Tradition Records.

“John Lee Hooker was truly a seminal blues artist. Many of his songs are part of America’s blues music treasury,” said blues historian and Founding Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum Bob Santelli. “In addition to impacting blues history, Hooker’s music influenced great rock bands like the Rolling Stones, the Animals, the Yardbirds and ZZ Top. We’re thrilled to honor the King of the Boogie’s legacy and tell the story of his incredible career in his own home state.”

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John Lee Hooker – Travelin’ (1960/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

John Lee Hooker – Travelin’ (1960/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/48kHz | Time – 30:40 minutes | 303 MB | Genre: Blues
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Music Manager

Travelin’ is an album by blues musician John Lee Hooker, recorded in Chicago in 1960 and released on the Vee-Jay label.

The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings wrote that “Travelin’ “was the first of Hooker’s Vee-Jay albums to be recorded at a single session. Cut from the same cloth, the performances have little variety in texture and not much in tempo.”

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John Lee Hooker – That’s My Story (1960/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

John Lee Hooker – That’s My Story (1960/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/48kHz | Time – 44:44 minutes | 442 MB | Genre: Blues
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Music Manager

That’s My Story is a studio album by American blues musician John Lee Hooker, released in April or May 1960 on Riverside Records. The album was recorded in one session on February 9, 1960 at Reeves Sound Studio in New York City. It was produced by Orrin Keepnews and features the rhythm section from saxophonist Cannonball Adderley’s group, which included bassist Sam Jones and drummer Louis Hayes.

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John Lee Hooker – Live At Montreux 1990 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

John Lee Hooker – Live At Montreux 1990 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:00:43 minutes | 731 MB | Genre: Blues
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Eagle Rock Entertainment

New York, NY (October 1, 2020)—On November 6th, The John Lee Hooker Estate and Eagle Rock Entertainment will release John Lee Hooker Live at Montreux 1983 & 1990 as a 2-LP set, digital video & digital audio.

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John Lee Hooker – It Serve You Right To Suffer (1966) [Analogue Productions’ Remaster 2010] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

John Lee Hooker – It Serve You Right To Suffer (1966) [Analogue Productions’ Remaster 2010]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 32:37 minutes | Scans included | 1,32 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 618 MB
Recorded on November 23, 1965

Given Hooker’s unpredictable timing and piss-poor track record recording with bands, this 1965 one-off session for the jazz label Impulse! would be a recipe for disaster. But with Panama Francis on drums, Milt Hinton on bass, and Barry Galbraith on second guitar, the result is some of the best John Lee Hooker material with a band that you’re likely to come across. The other musicians stay in the pocket, never overplaying or trying to get Hooker to make chord changes he has no intention of making. This record should be played for every artist who records with Hooker nowadays, as it’s a textbook example of how exactly to back the old master. The most surreal moment occurs when William Wells blows some totally cool trombone on Hooker’s version of Berry Gordy’s “Money”. If you run across this one in a pile of 500 other John Lee Hooker CDs, grab it; it’s one of the good ones.

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John Lee Hooker – Boogie Chillen’: Original 1948-1954 Blues Masterpieces (2003) [Audio Fidelity] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

John Lee Hooker – Boogie Chillen’: Original 1948-1954 Blues Masterpieces (2003)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 57:48 minutes | Scans included | 2,34 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 558 MB
Audio Fidelity SACD #AFZ-005 | Compiled & Mastered for SACD by Steve Hoffman

For Boogie Chillen’, Audio Fidelity went back to the original 1948-1954 recording session tapes of these “Detroit Blues Masterpieces” for the SACD edition. The only exception will be the title track since recording tape was not in use in 1948 at the United Sound recording studio in Detroit when it was recorded. In that case, “Boogie Chillen’” was transferred from the surviving 78 RPM acetate record. The SACD compilation and remastering work for the album was done by Steve Hoffman at Kevin Gray’s AcousTech Mastering Studio with Lon Neumann serving as the DSD Technician on the remastering session.

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