Real Folk Blues / More Real Folk Blues


Real Folk Blues / More Real Folk Blues by Chess at Your Free Album. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. Delta native son turned Detroit and Chicago electric-blues groove king John Lee Hooker had been recording for nearly 20 years (for at least a half-dozen labels under as many aliases) when he cut these tracks for Chess Records in the mid-'60s. If the original concept behind the Chicago label's Real Folk Blues series (also featuring collections by legends Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Sonny Boy Williamson) belatedly attempted to cash in on a '60s acoustic folk boom forever changed the minute Dyl


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Delta native son turned Detroit and Chicago electric-blues groove king John Lee Hooker had been recording for nearly 20 years (for at least a half-dozen labels under as many aliases) when he cut these tracks for Chess Records in the mid-'60s. If the original concept behind the Chicago label's Real Folk Blues series (also featuring collections by legends Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Sonny Boy Williamson) belatedly attempted to cash in on a '60s acoustic folk boom forever changed the minute Dylan strapped on an electric guitar, it yielded some blues gems nonetheless. Hooker's 1966 Chess sessions find him working in a band format, which could be a risky proposition for a musician all too happy to meditate endlessly on a single groove and often unrestrained by the niceties of meter and 12-bar form. But with the able and alert assistance of guitarist Eddie Burns, pianist Lafayette Leake, and drummer Fred Below, Hooker stretches out and turns in one of his most expressive and inventive vocal performances. Whether he's loping through the feverish boogie of "Let's Go Out Tonight," ruminating on romance in a sinister remake of his '51 hit "I'm in the Mood," or expanding the genre's very boundaries with the eerie "Waterfront" (a track liner-note writer Chris Morris astutely credits for inspiring Van Morrison's vocal style), Hooker makes you believe every word. This is also the session that yielded the original "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," long a staple of latter-day blues-rocker George Thorogood's act. --Jerry McCulley

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  • John Lee Hooker- The Real Folk Blues/More Real Folk Blues

Additional Information

Manufacturer:
Chess
Category:
Electric Blues
Release Date:
2002-03-12
UPC:
008811282127
Artist:
John Lee Hooker
Publisher:
Chess
Audience Rating:
NR (Not Rated)
Format:
Original recording remastered
Binding:
Audio CD
Item Weight:
0.2 pounds
Item Size:
5.75 x 0.45 x 5 inches
Package Weight:
0.18 pounds
Package Size:
4.97 x 0.54 x 5.55 inches

 


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