John Lee Hooker

Don't Look Back (CD)

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Since he won a Grammy Award for 1989's The Healer, John Lee Hooker, now 79 years old, has been an unusually hot property. He has played with the likes of Rolling Stones, Branford Marsalis and B.B. KingDon't Look Back finds the party continuing, with old friend/disciple Van Morrison, who guested on 1995's Chill Out, now in the producer's seat.

Apart from a raucous reading of the old Hooker standard "Dimples," which features backing from Los LobosDon't Look Back leans towards varying shades of slow blues. Emotion is stressed over barn-burning instrumental heroics, particularly on the songs that ride along on Charles Brown's melancholic piano playing. Producer Morrison's duets with his idol on "Travellin' Blues" and Morrison's "The Healing Game" bring out the best in both legends. 

Tracklist
1.Dimples
2.The Healing Game
3.Ain't No Big Thing
4.Don't Look Back
5.Blues Before Sunrise
6.Spellbound
7.Travellin' Blues
8.I Love You Honey
9.Frisco Blues
10.Red House
11.Rainy Day
12.Bonus Track: Send Me Your Pillow - (Bonus Track)
13.Bonus Track: Blues Before Sunrise - (Bonus Track)