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John Lee Hooker: Live at Sugar Hill, Volume 2

Read "Live at Sugar Hill, Volume 2" reviewed by Derek Taylor

What gives a man justification to sing the blues? There have never been a staid set of credentials for such a pursuit, but if any one man had the proper pedigree custom plugged into his persona, it was John Lee Hooker. His voice could sway from gravel-grained bark to plaintive croon amidst lyrics of the most hard-bitten sort; and his fretwork often took flight on the simplest of one-chord wingspans that were among the most non-idiomatic in field. He was ...

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John Lee Hooker: Live At Newport

Read "Live At Newport" reviewed by Derek W. Brown

From his first R & B hit, 1948's “Boogie Chillun," a hypnotic one-chord ostinato, John Lee Hooker would forever be known as King Of The Boogie. Although he was accompanied in the studio by an occasional piano, harmonica or Eddie Kirkland's empathetic second guitar, John Lee Hooker's improvisatory style and lack of apparent structural sense marked him as a solo artist in the most literal sense (unlike Muddy Waters, another native of the Mississippi Delta).

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