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The Best Of Friends

November 17, 1998

For half a century, the much-recorded bluesman John Lee Hooker has cut music so primal, it blurs into itself — his albums often seem interchangeable, his great signature songs recorded to the nth. He defeats this tendency with The Best of Friends,...

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Boom Boom

April 29, 1993

John Lee Hooker is the last of the classic Mississippi Delta blues guitarists, the unaccompanied bards who could generate more energy sitting on a low stool and playing an acoustic than most rock bands can summon up going full tilt. He has been one of...

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Variations On A Theme: Red House

May 3, 1990
Not Rated

Jimi Hendrix was many things – monster rock sex god, guitar genius, acid spiritualist, master improviser. But he was first and foremost a bluesman, obsessed with inner space yet consumed by the here-and-now hellfire of Robert Johnson, Son House...

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Endless Boogie [Beat Goes On]

April 29, 1971
Not Rated

The black blues legends playing with the white up-and-comers. I guess Sonny Boy Williamson II started it all about six years ago with his Live With the Yardbirds album. Successive years have seen a record-rack full of similar efforts ... from Muddy Waters,...

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Mr. Lucky

October 3, 1991

John Lee Hooker and Willie Dixon are the last of a generation of giants that plugged Mississippi's Delta blues into urban America. Dixon went to Chicago and became a mainstay at Chess Records, where he played bass, produced, arranged and wrote songs for...

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The Healer

October 19, 1989

Take pure John Lee Hooker, add strong doses of Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, Canned Heat, Los Lobos and George Thorogood (all of whom appear on The Healer), and what do you get? Brilliant, 100-proof blues, that's what. One of the archetypal postwar...

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A Saucerful of Secrets

October 26, 1968
Not Rated

The Pink Floyd were in the forefront of the self-consiously psychedelic rock movement in Britain as it developed over a year ago; they had to their credit a couple of promising singles ("Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play") and a fairly impressive first...

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