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John Lee Hooker - House of the Blues LP (180g)

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 Not only is House Of The Blues a vintage Hooker release, it is classic, essential blues of the highest order. It is primarily Hooker's solo show, and the master charges ahead with nothing but his raw, electric guitar, soul-drenched, world-weary vocal delivery, and his foot to keep rhythm.

One of Hooker's finest tracks, "Walkin' The Boogie," kicks off the set. This excellent example of his tremendously influential "boogie" style is made especially noteworthy by an overdubbed, speeded up guitar solo. Every song on the album is a Hooker original, and he varies the pace between slow, grinding blues ("Louise") and danceable, uptempo jams ("Leave My Wife Alone"). The electric blues doesn't get much better than this pure, unadulterated shot of the real stuff. House of Blues is a keeper.

 

Track Listing:
1. Walkin' The Boogie
2. Love Blues
3. Union Station Blues
4. It's My Own Fault
5. Leave My Wife Alone
6. Ramblin' By Myself
7. Sugar Mama
8. Down At The Landing
9. Louise
10. Ground Hog Blues
11. High Priced Woman
12. Women And Money 

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