“Hooker ’n Heat” by John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat - album review

TJR says

Recorded in L.A. in May 1970, 17 John Lee Hooker songs. Reworks several tracks from the Hooker back-albums, but all tracks new to the Canned Heat album discography. A much better 2nd half performance on this double set, more vitality, better attitude. From the Canned Heat perspective, this album really was the end of an era. It was the very last studio album to feature harmonica player, guitarist and songwriter Alan Wilson, who died in September 1970 from a strong drug overdose. John Lee Hooker is heard wondering how Wilson is capable of following Hooker’s guitar playing so well. Hooker was known to be a difficult performer to accompany, partly because of his disregard of song form. Yet Wilson seemed to have no trouble at all following him on this album. Hooker concludes that “you [Wilson] musta been listenin’ to my records all your life”. Hooker is also known to have stated “Wilson is the greatest harmonica player ever.” The album was released early in 1971, some 4 months after Alan’s death. The album’s group cover photo was taken after his death, but a picture of Alan can be seen in a frame on the wall behdind John Lee Hooker. This set gave Hooker his first mainstream hit album, reaching number 78 in the Billboard charts.

The Jukebox Rebel
24-Aug-2009


A1 [03:23] 6.0.png John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat - Messin’ With The Hook (John Lee Hooker) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A2 [04:32] 5.5.png John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat - The Feelin’ Is Gone (John Lee Hooker) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A3 [04:48] 5.2.png John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat - Send Me Your Pillow [1970 version] (John Lee Hooker) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A4 [04:07] 5.0.png John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat - Sittin’ Here Thinkin (John Lee Hooker) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A5 [03:34] 6.1.png John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat - Meet Me In The Bottom (John Lee Hooker) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B1 [04:31] 5.2.png John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat - Alimonia Blues (John Lee Hooker) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B2 [04:57] 6.4.png John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat - Drifter (John Lee Hooker) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B3 [03:16] 5.3.png John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat - You Talk Too Much (John Lee Hooker) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B4 [05:28] 7.3.png John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat - Burning Hell (John Lee Hooker, Bernard Besman) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B5 [02:27] 5.5.png John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat - Bottle Up And Go [1970 version] (John Lee Hooker) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
C1 [07:47] 8.1.png John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat - The World Today (John Lee Hooker) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
C2 [04:26] 6.5.png John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat - I Got My Eyes On You (John Lee Hooker) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
C3 [04:37] 7.4.png John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat - Whiskey And Wimmen [1970 version] (John Lee Hooker) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
C4 [07:42] 5.2.png John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat - Just You And Me (John Lee Hooker) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
D1 [04:06] 6.7.png John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat - Let’s Make It [1970 version] (John Lee Hooker) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
D2 [05:07] 6.8.png John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat - Peavine (John Lee Hooker) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
D3 [11:33] 7.2.png John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat - Boogie Chillen No. 2 (John Lee Hooker, Bernard Besman) Blues / Rhythm n Blues




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