John Lee Hooker - Burnin' 60th Anniversary - AudioSoundMusic
John Lee Hooker - Burnin' 60th Anniversary - AudioSoundMusic
John Lee Hooker - Burnin' 60th Anniversary - AudioSoundMusic
John Lee Hooker - Burnin' 60th Anniversary - AudioSoundMusic
John Lee Hooker - Burnin' 60th Anniversary - AudioSoundMusic
John Lee Hooker - Burnin' 60th Anniversary - AudioSoundMusic
John Lee Hooker - Burnin' 60th Anniversary - AudioSoundMusic
John Lee Hooker - Burnin' 60th Anniversary - AudioSoundMusic

John Lee Hooker - Burnin' 60th Anniversary

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60th Anniversary Edition

John Lee Hooker – vocals, guitar [click here to see more vinyl featuring John Lee Hooker]

Baritone Saxophone – Andrew "Mike" Terry

Bass – James Jamerson

Drums – Benny Benjamin

Guitar – Larry Veeder

Piano – Joe Hunter

Tenor Saxophone – Henry Cosby

Written by John Lee Hooker

  

1 LP, standard sleeve 

Original analog Master tape : YES

Record color : Black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : Memphis Records Pressing

Label : Craft Recordings

Original label : Vee Jay Records

Recorded in Chicago in November 1961

Remastered at Record Technology Incorporated

Lacquer cut by Kevin Gray at Cohearant Audio

Liner Notes by John W. Petters

Originally released in March 1962

Reissued in February 2023

 

Tracks:

Side A:

  1. Boom Boom
  2. Process
  3. Lost A Good Girl
  4. A New Leaf
  5. Blues Before Sunrise
  6. Let's Make It

Side B:

  1. I Got A Letter
  2. Thelma
  3. Drug Store Woman
  4. Keep Your Hands To Yourself
  5. What Do You Say

               

              Reviews:

              “John Lee Hooker's 1962 album Burnin' is one of the most revered titles in his discography. While his earliest sides featured only his guitar and a stomp board, he also cut sides with a second guitarist or harmonicist. During the late 1950s, he usually played in Detroit with his Boogie Ramblers. Burnin' was recorded in a single day in a Chicago; it paired Hooker for the first time with a full, live electric band in the studio. The musicians were brought in from Detroit, all session aces familiar with Hooker from his years of playing clubs on Hastings Street: keyboardist Joe Hunter (not Ivy Joe Hunter), bassist James Jamerson, guitarist Larry Veeder, and drummer Benny "Papa Zita" Benjamin, with saxophonists Hank Cosby and Andrew "Mike" Terry -- the very first incarnation of Motown's globally renowned house band, the Funk Brothers.

              The set opener is single "Boom Boom." It growls to life with saxes, piano, and shuffling drums offering a rowdy vamp. At the midway point, Hooker, playing in an uncharacteristically tight fashion, delivers a shout worthy of Ray Charles, then delivers a stop-time guitar hook, signaling the band to rise up and drive the boogie. (The single charted at R&B and in the Hot 100.) It's followed by "Process," a slow walking blues offering steamy piano and sax work. Hooker's leads thread the verses, his shambolic shuffle working just behind the drum kit shuffle. "Lost a Good Girl" was one of the guitarist's club staples, a real crowd-pleaser for dancers thanks to its laconic, Chicago-meets-New Orleans groove. His reading of Leroy Carr's classic "Blues Before Sunrise" is rendered as an elegant piano and horn-driven walking blues with killer solo guitar work from Hooker, cutting jagged lines between verses. He answers with the house-rocking "Let's Make It," another of his live nuggets. The dialogue between horns, piano, snare, and Hooker's sung cadences are lusty, strident, boastful, and fun. His guitar shuffle is loose, almost buzzy, but swings like mad. While there isn't a weak moment here, there are other highlights, too, such as the low-down, sexy "Drug Store Woman" and the woolly "Keep Your Hands to Yourself (She Belongs to Me)," which makes full use of the propulsive vamp in "Tequila." He hits the seam exactly where jump blues meet rock & roll on the raucous closer "What Do You Say?"” AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek

               

              Ratings :

              AllMusic : 5 / 5 ; Discogs : 4.78 / 5

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