Boom Boom (CD)

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Produced by slide guitar maestro Roy Rogers, BOOM BOOM finds John Lee Hooker matched with an assortment of famous names. Robert Cray and his band provide sultry backup on "Same Old Blues Again" and with Jimmie Vaughan taking Cray's place, the band jukes it up on the title track. The late Albert Collins helps the Hook turn "Boogie At Russian Hill" into an infectious shuffle, whereas "Bottle Up And Go" slows things down a bit more, with John Hammond contributing guitar and harmonica to the proceedings. Hooker's greatness is most apparent when his only accompaniment comes from a guitar on which he's scraping out primitive chords.

The results range from the bittersweet "Hittin' The Bottle Again" to the more ominous "I'm Bad Like Jesse James." The only other time a song gets this sinister is when Charlie Musselwhite uses some understated harmonica playing to give "Thought I Heard" a more dastardly edge. Moments like this make it seem as if the Devil met his match in John Lee Hooker after getting the best of Robert Johnson.

Tracklist
1.Boom Boom
2.I'm Bad Like Jesse James
3.Same Old Blues Again
4.Sugar Mama
5.Trick Bag (Shoppin' For My Tombstone)
6.Boogie At Russian Hill
7.Hittin' The Bottle Again
8.Bottle Up and Go
9.Thought I Heard
10.I Ain't Gonna Suffer No More
11.Dimples
12.Ain't No Love In This House