1/21/17

John Lee Hooker - Live at the Wise Fool's Club (1976)



Let interrupt our Shocking Blue singles series with this fantastic live recording by John Lee Hooker, captured in a rather empty discographic period (1975-1989) where he was mainly budy touring with various bands under the name of Coast to Coast band. Sad I did not find the precise line-up of the band that backed him this night cos' they are really great. All I could find, it's that the long-time old pal Eddie Taylor and her vocal friend Beverley Underwood were with him on stage. Musically, it's the logical continuation of the Endless Boogie style but with a catching feeling that takes your feet off the ground. Note that this live set is not difficult to find on the net since it features in a rather common bootleg called Bedroom Boogie with a long track from the 1983 Montreux show and 2 songs from 1962 (!!!). I do not like this heterogenous albums and prefer to have only one source on an album (54 min of music is not bad). The reason why I changed everything from the title to the cover sleeve (mine is better I think, based on a picture took by a photographer called Ilia Lavreshkin, see a post about him on my other blog here). So let's have some boogie tonight. And if you want to read some words by the king of boogie, you can read his interview in the book The Voice of the Blues: Classic Interviews from Living Blues Magazine, which was recorded the night Hooker played this concert or, if you are French, in the new book from Christophe Goffette Blues, Country… folks ! (here to buy it). Last, I included 2 versions of this recording. One where each songs are separated and one with all songs on the same track since a concert is better to listen without this artificial cuts between songs. It's up to you. Catch it here.


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