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Jack White

The Acoustic
Recordings 19982016
These 26 recordings delve into the
heart of the prolific
song-smithing of Jack White, providing an
eye-opening retrospective of B-sides and reimaginings, and insight into White's muse. It
also features the previously unreleased "City
Lights" and "Love Is The Truth."
Filled with tuneful performances, the
collection begins in chronological order (by
conception) with songs made popular by
the White Stripes. "Sugar Never Tasted So
Good," "Apple Blossom," and "I'm Bound
To Pack It Up" sets the tone. Recording
imperfections such as background noises,
lopsided harmonies, and fluctuating vocal
volume are left intact. It's this kind of rustic,
DIY, first-take approach that permeates the
album, displaying White's sense of humor
and humanity. It focuses your attention
squarely on the song and not production.
McCartney-esque whimsicality and Plant
and Page's acoustic approach ricochet, but
it's augmented by White's dry, wacked-out
sense of humor, as on "Well It's True We Love
One Another," "Honey, We Can't Afford To
Look This Cheap," and "Effect And Cause."
White combines the raw blues tradition with
old school Nashville, but songs like "You've
Got Her In Your Pocket" is just plain great
songwriting. - Oscar Jordan

Eric Clapton

Live in San Diego
with Special Guest
J.J. Cale
With Eric Clapt o n's 2 014 a n nouncement that
he would no longer tour, his tribute album
to J.J. Cale the same year, and subsequent
revelation that he'd been suffering from
peripheral neuropathy, the double-CD
release of this 2007 concert recording makes
total sense.
Cale, Clapton's longtime inspiration who
died in 2013, made a rare appearance with
E.C., and, after opening the show, Robert
Cray joined Clapton for the encore. Opening
with "Tell The Truth" from his 1970 Derek
and the Dominos album, the guitar icon
revisits songs from the following 34 years,
including "Little Queen Of Spades" from Me
And Mr. Johnson. With Doyle Bramhall II

John Lee Hooker.

MR. BOOGIE

J

ohn Lee Hooker was
the bridge between
country blues and
electric blues, something
elegantly captured during
a 53-year career. The
son of sharecroppers,
he melded field hollers,
Delta blues, talking blues,
and what became called
Mississippi "hill country"
blues into the electric
postwar era with records
like "Boogie Chillun" and
"Sally Mae" from 1949.
Those two tracks kick off
this four-CD set covering
his recorded work through
1962.
Playing fingerstyle
mostly on semi-hollowbody electrics, Hooker's
music was raw and primal
- often just guitar and
voice, the artist tapping
Elvis
out thePresley
beat with his foot
The
and rhythmic
Albums Collection
chugs on
the strings. "Whistlin'

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And Moanin' Blues" has
no lyrics, but is gripping
nonetheless. Hooker was
a great whistler, no doubt,
but dig those just-over-

John Lee Hooker

The Modern, Chess &
Veejay Singles Collection
1949-62
driven guitar licks, deep in
the modal-blues universe.
Every guitarist should
mentally connect John
Lee's riffs here with what
Jimi Hendrix was doing
on "Voodoo Chile" almost

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30 years later. You can almost draw a straight line
from Hooker to Hendrix.
"Crawlin' King Snake"
is another early classic,
full of sexual bravado and
insistent double-stops
over bass notes - the
Robert Johnson effect
of making one guitarist
sound like two. "I'm In The
Mood" from '51 sports
an unusual doubled vocal
and additional guitar of
Eddie Kirkland; it's a
glorious, rambling jalopy
of electric blues. Cue up
1952's uptempo "Rock Me
Mama," featuring John
Lee's guitar accompanied
by organ and drums,
and you can see he was
only a stone's throw
away from the coming
sounds of rock and roll.
A full decade into his
career, Hooker's 1958
"I Love You Honey" is a
polished commercial recording, sporting a wallop
of boogie-woogie guitar
(here, John Lee and Eddie
Taylor) and barrelhouse
piano. By the time we get
to "Boom Boom," released
in 1962, the Hook is crafting radio-ready blues-rock
with big drums, bass,
and sassy lyrics, a far cry
from his stripped-down
country blues of 1949.
The Animals covered the
tune two years later and
you know Mick and Keith
were listening to every
note the man played.
With more than 100
tracks across four discs
and an excellent set of
liner notes, this is a mustgrab set for any blues fan.
From "Boogie Chillun"
to "Dimples" to "Boom
Boom," this release isn't
just Hooker's best blues
- it's some of the finest
American blues ever
recorded. - Pete Prown


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