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Reviews: John Lee Hooker: Boogie Chillen'

Reviews: 5

Review by FredCamp July 19, 2003 (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
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This SACD has quickly come to be one of my favorites. Great tunes, great performances -- all remeastered by Steve "King Midas" Hoffman. The cover tells you that the song "Boogie Chillen'" was remastered from a 78 disc, as tape wasn't used for recordings back then, but this information is not a warning. It's more of a reason to marvel at Hooker's mastery and Hoffman's golden touch. Every track sounds like it was recorded recently -- maybe not yesterday, but certainly within the last few years. The sound is improved, but the tradition is still there. Hooker's tapping-foot percussion provides a hypnotic back-beat.

If you love the blues and/or John Lee Hooker and/or Steve Hoffman's work, you must have this disc.

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Review by Croc December 18, 2003 (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
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when i listened to this disc for the first time i sayd "what is this? this sounds like cr@p!".

it didn't sound like modern good sounding CD.
neither it sounded as 40 years old.

there was an impression that mic's were pushed too close to John's mouth and his guitar.

in short - i was very pissed off by its sound.
it sounded to raw to me.
i didn't enjoy it at all.

after about a week i came back to it - and this time i liked it.
and after few tracks i started to enjoy it.

i don't know - perhaps i'm just a crazy "audiophile" - but i would recomend you better to listen this disc before you buy it.

as for the John performance - it's fantastic!
he is yonger - and more original anmd energetic.

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Review by FivePointOne December 18, 2003 (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
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I don't know what Croc was hearing. I've owned this SACD for a few months now, and everytime I play it I'm amazed at how true the sound is. It sounds as if John Lee Hooker is sitting in your living room. Steve Hoffman did a great job with this one.

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Review by clef April 22, 2006 (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
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I was a bit disappointed after I bought this SACD. I listen to Stereo sound. For the old recordings I believe the sound of this SACD is convincing but mono music on a SACD? Strange. The guitar rhythmn and the singing of John Lee Hooker is lovely and very natural. But nearly the complete album are choruses but I expected also some spectacular solos - in vain. Only the title "The Syndicator" fits to my prospects. If you're not an absolut John Lee Hooker Fan - I agree with Croc you better listen to this disc before you buy it.

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Review by Turin August 21, 2010 (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
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I was also a bit disappointed with this disc. It was not clear that much of it was recorded in mono. That alone detracted from my enjoyment, but there was also poor recording quality on many of the tracks and a less than stellar performance from the musicians. I own many Red Book Cd's of JLH and I love many of them; Mr. Lucky & The Healer to name just a couple. Both of these recordings put this one to shame. I expect more from an SACD and this one just did not live up to the mark. It's an interesting foray into 1940's & 1950's recording techniques. But, for pure listening pleasure, give me stereo and modern recording techniques.

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