Album review

John Lee Hooker - I'm John Lee Hooker

Picture the wooden shack stove and pull up a rocking chair for this splendid reissue of 1959's disc, augmented with a different take on "I'm So Worried Baby" and a chilled-out "Unfriendly Woman". Remarkably prescient blues sounds live here in the shape of Hooker classics like "Dimples", "Crawlin' King Snake" (as covered by The Doors) and the standard "Boogie Chillun".

It's a quiet storm of controlled chaos from the man who put the grits in the Grammies.

Rating: 4 / 10


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The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014


Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.

Here, though, is our last office list of 2014, with lots of strong new entries. A few highlights...