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domingo, 27 de mayo de 2018

John Lee Hooker • In Person



He was beloved worldwide as the king of the endless boogie, a genuine blues superstar whose droning, hypnotic one-chord grooves were at once both ultra-primitive and timeless. But John Lee Hooker recorded in a great many more styles than that over a career that stretched across more than half a century.
The Hook was a Mississippi native who became the top gent on the Detroit blues circuit in the years following World War II. The seeds for his eerily mournful guitar sound were planted by his stepfather, Will Moore, while Hooker was in his teens. Hooker had been singing spirituals before that, but the blues took hold and simply wouldn't let go. Overnight visitors left their mark on the youth, too legends like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton, and Blind Blake, who all knew Moore.
Hooker heard Memphis calling while he was still in his teens, but he couldn't gain much of a foothold there. So he relocated to Cincinnati for a seven-year stretch before making the big move to the Motor City in 1943. Jobs were plentiful, but Hooker drifted away from day gigs in favor of playing his unique free-form brand of blues. A burgeoning club scene along Hastings Street didn't hurt his chances any.
In 1948, the aspiring bluesman hooked up with entrepreneur Bernie Besman, who helped him hammer out his solo debut sides, Sally Mae and its seminal flip, Boogie Chillen. This was blues as primitive as anything then on the market; Hooker's dark, ruminative vocals were backed only by his own ringing, heavily amplified guitar and insistently pounding foot. Their efforts were quickly rewarded. Los Angeles-based Modern Records issued the sides and Boogie Chillen -- a colorful, unique travelogue of Detroit's blues scene -- made an improbable jaunt to the very peak of the R&B charts. --- by Bill Dahl, AMG


Tracks
1. You're Gonna Need Another Favor
2. New Sally Mae
3. You're Baby Ain't Sweet Like Mine
4. She's Long She's Tall
5. You're Mellow
6. Will the Circle Be Unbroken
7. Flowers on The Hour
8. It Serves Me Right to Suffer
9. You Ain't No Big Thing
10. You Can Run Baby

Label: Chameleon Records (2) ‎– VJD-87301
Genre: Blues
Style: Electric Blues

These are Vee-Jay recordings from 4 January 1961 (6), July 1963 (1) and 1964 (rest).












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