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John Lee Hooker: Don't Look Back

Album Notes

Personnel: John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison (vocals, guitar); Danny Caron (guitar); John "Juke" Logan (harmonica); Roger Lewis (tenor & baritone saxophones); Gregory Davis (trumpet); Charles Brown (piano, organ); Jim Pugh, John Allair (keyboards); Ruth Davies (acoustic bass); Richard Cousins (bass); Victor Bisetti, Kevin Hayes (drums).

Los Lobos: David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas (guitar); Steve Berlin (baritone saxophone); Conrad Lozano (bass).

Producers: Van Morrison, Los Lobos, Mario Caldato, Jr.

Engineers: Jim Stern, Samuel Lehmer, Mick Glossop, Mario Caldato, Jr.,

All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.

"Don't Look Back" won the 1998 Grammy Awards for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals and for Best Traditional Blues Album.

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. King. DON'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 Lobos, DON'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.



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