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From Clarksdale to Heaven: Remembering John Lee Hooker
1. I Want to Hug You - Johnnie Johnson/Zakiya Hooker/Bobby Murray
2. I'm in the Mood - Jack Bruce/Gary Moore
3. Bad Like Jesse James - LLC-Vince Converse/Leo Lyons/Ric Lee
4. Will the Circle Be Unbroken - Jeff Beck
5. Baby Lee - Gary Brooker/Andy Fairweather Low
6. Ground Hog Blues - Dick Heckstall-Smith/Tony McPhee/T.S. McPhee
7. This Is Hip - Max Middleton/Mick Taylor/Peter Green Splinter Group
8. Crawlin' King Snake - Peter Green Splinter Group
9. I'm Leaving - Dave "Clem" Clempson/Dick Heckstall-Smith/Tony McPhee/T.S. McPhee
10. Little Wheel - Gary Brooker/Andy Fairweather Low
11. Business, The - Gregg's Eggs
12. Hobo Blues - Jeff Beck
13. Serve Me Right to Suffer - Jack Bruce/Gary Moore
14. Red House - John Lee Hooker/Randy California/Booker T (previously unreleased, bonus track)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 23629
Gregg's Eggs; Kirk Yano; Leo Lyons; Peter Green Splinter Group; Bruce Gary
Matthew Ollivier; Kirk Yano; Mark Linett; Robert Iriartborde; Ben Matthews; Billy Oskay
Personnel: John Lee Hooker, Mick Taylor , Tony McPhee, Vince Converse (vocals, guitar); Gary Brooker (vocals, piano); Earl Green, Jack Bruce (vocals); Peter Green (guitar, harmonica); Dave "Clem" Clempson, Jeff Beck, Nigel Watson, Andy Fairweather Low, Bobby Murray (guitar); Dick Heckstall-Smith (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Dave Moore , Johnnie Johnson, Max Middleton (piano); Booker T. Jones (organ); Tony Cook (guitar synthesizer); Peter Stroud (upright bass); Godfrey McLean, Gary Husband, Jeff Allen , Richard Bailey , Kenny Greene, Ric Lee, Henry Spinetti, Bruce Gary (drums); Michael Bailey (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Kirk Yano; Tom Carr; Billy Oskay.
Liner Note Author: Arnie Goodman.
Recording information: Annex Digital, Menlo Park, CA (03/20/1989-06/??/2002); Big Red Studio, Corbett, OR (03/20/1989-06/??/2002); Mark Angelo Studios, London, England (03/20/1989-06/??/2002); Quad Studios, Nashville, TN (03/20/1989-06/??/2002); Roundel Studios, Kent, England (03/20/1989-06/??/2002); Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood, CA (03/20/1989-06/??/2002).
Author: Tony McPhee.
Arranger: John Lee Hooker.
For the first of two tribute albums to John Lee Hooker, executive producer Arnie Goodman of Blue Storm Music has assembled an impressive list of British musicians from the 1960s who helped spark the '60s blues revival that was responsible for the ascension of Hooker (among others) into legendary status. The biggest name on his own is Jeff Beck, who plays guitar on "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" and "Hobo Blues," but other notable figures include Cream's Jack Bruce, Leo Lyons and Ric Lee from Ten Years After, Procol Harum's Gary Brooker, ex-Rolling Stone Mick Taylor, former Fleetwood Mac leader Peter Green, and Gary Moore. The performers are reverent toward Hooker's music, maintaining its relentless rhythmic power and even at times re-creating the master's haunting mumble of a voice. The set is not entirely given over to the Brits, however, as it opens with "I Want to Hug You," sung by Hooker's daughter, Zakiya, and ends with Hooker himself, accompanied by Booker T. Jones and Randy California, among others, performing a previously unreleased "Red House" that was cut for a Jimi Hendrix tribute album. There is also a newly written song ("The Business") penned by Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and Bay Area musician Greg Anton that was earmarked for a Hooker project never recorded due to his death. Such tracks provide some variety, but the strength of the album is still in the devoted performances of people like Beck and Green. ~ William Ruhlmann
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