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John Lee Hooker - Plays & Sings The Blues LP (Purple Vinyl)

Chess

 It's hard to go wrong with Hooker's Chess material. With nothing but his raw, surging electric guitar, intensely soulful vocal delivery and his foot banging on a wooden board to keep rhythm, Hooker a creates thrilling, visceral atmospheres through which his songs travel like dark, haggard shadows. From "The Journey," a tale of lovers accompanied by a gritty, loping guitar line, to the tortured vulnerability of "Apologize" and the propulsive, walking jerk-tempo of "Dreamin' Boogie," Hooker lays deep, stripped down and nasty grooves. Plays and Sings The Blues, like most of Hooker's outstanding Chess recordings, is an utterly satisfying shot of classic blues.

 

Track Listing:
1. The Journey
2. I Don't Want Your Money
3. Hey, Baby
4. Mad Man Blues
5. Bluebird
6. Worried Life Blues
7. Apologize
8. Lonely Boy Boogie
9. Please Don't Go
10. Dreamin' Blues
11. Hey Boogie
12. Just Me And My Telephone 

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