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John Lee Hooker : Mr Lucky

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Mr. Lucky refines the strategy of The Healer, from 1989, which paired Hooker with a variety of rootsy rockers who had been touched by his rhythmic mojo. While there’s nothing here quite as stunning as Hooker’s saucy, Grammy-winning duet with Bonnie Raitt on “I’m in the Mood,” Mr. Lucky is all around a sharper fit. The players on this outing aren’t rock stars paying tribute to a legend, but superb sidemen for a great bluesman.

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Mr. Lucky offers a well-rounded portrait of the artist, but as Hooker’s bullhorn bark has lost a bit of its bite, that means the collection really rips on the ripe, low-key blues, the aspect of Hooker’s work that inspired Bruce Springsteen and U2. Van Morrison, himself a central influence on those two rock institutions, pays his own propers to Hooker by joining him for a duet on a masterful “I Cover the Waterfront”; the two men’s voices shift like the endless sea that separates Clarksdale, Mississippi, from Belfast, Ireland, and lonely men from the women who matter most.

The best boogie, ironically, features not a guitar but a piano pumped by Chuck Berry’s own Johnnie Johnson, whose work on “I Want to Hug You” reflects Hooker’s affinity for vintage rhythm & blues. By contrast, Hooker never really gets a handle on the muscular shuffle of the Robert Cray Band’s rendering of the title tune or on Carlos Santana’s tastefully modern treatment of “Stripped Me Naked.” Guitarists Keith Richards and Johnny Winter inspire grittier, and more successful, collaborations on, respectively, “Crawlin’ Kingsnake” and “Susie.”

 

1. I Want To Hug You
2. Mr Lucky
3 Backstabbers
4. This Is Hip
5. I Cover The Waterfront
6. Highway 13
7. Stripped Me Naked
8. Susie
9. Crawlin’ Kingsnake
10. Father Was A Jockey

 

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Weight 0.100 kg
Dimensions 15.0 × 14.0 × 2.0 cm