John Lee Hooker - The Best Of Friends (2007)

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John Lee Hooker - The Best Of Friends (2007)
Artist: John Lee Hooker
Title Of Album: The Best Of Friends (Remastered & Expanded)
Year Of Release: 2007 (1998)
Label: Shout! Factory [826663-10436]
Country: USA
Genre: Blues
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue+.log, scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 68:08
Full Size: 475 MB

The Hook's definitive duets album, remastered and expanded! Up and Down with Johnnie Johnson joins Boogie Chillen with Eric Clapton; The Healer with Carlos Santana; Dimples with Los Lobos; the Grammy-winning I'm in the Mood with Bonnie Raitt and Don't Look Back with Van Morrison, and more.

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John Lee Hooker's recordings for Virgin/Point Blank may have varied in quality, but never in formula. Once The Healer earned reams of praise and, more importantly, solid sales upon its 1989 release, it was pretty much set in stone that every future Hooker album would be painstakingly constructed and boast a plethora of superstar cameos. The guest stars were designed to bring in a larger audience, who would hopefully be impressed enough to stick around for Hooker's solid stuff, which was usually better than the attention-grabbing, star-studded tracks. Of course, the names are what sold, and Virgin did not overlook that fact, choosing to assemble a collection of highlights titled The Best of Friends in 1998. The title refers to the superstar duets, and while this very well may be the best of those cuts -- well, almost all of the duets are here, including both the sublime ("I Cover the Waterfront," with Van Morrison) and the mediocre -- this stuff still isn't as good as Hooker's solo recordings from this era. Which means this disc is primarily for listeners who like to think they like Hooker, but they really just want to hear Eric Clapton wail away. (The 2007 Shout! Factory edition features one bonus cut.)

~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

Tracklist:

01. Boogie Chillen' (with Eric Clapton) [04:37]
02. This Is Hip (with Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe and Johnnie Johnson) [03:27]
03. The Healer (with Carlos Santana) [05:41]
04. I Cover the Waterfront (with Van Morrison and Booker T. Jones) [06:43]
05. Boom Boom (with Jimmie Vaughan) [04:20]
06. I'm in the Mood (with Bonnie Raitt) [04:30]
07. Burning Hell (with Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite) [05:03]
08. Tupelo [03:56]
09. Baby Lee (with Robert Cray) [03:44]
10. Dimples (with Los Lobos) [04:03]
11. Chill Out (Things Gonna Change) (with Carlos Santana) [04:48]
12. Big Legs, Tight Skirt (with Ry Cooder) [06:03]
13. Don't Look Back (with Van Morrison) [06:45]
14. Up and Down (with Johnnie Johnson) [04:35]*

*Bonus track



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