Last week, the John Lee Hooker Estate and Eagle Rock Entertainment released John Lee Hooker Live at Montreux 1983 & 1990 as a 2-LP set, digital video & digital audio.

The Hook will forever be hailed as a legend of the blues genre. His storied career continues its impact on modern music even today – with fans spanning generations and transcending borders.  Hooker was responsible for molding the blues into a sound that was entirely his own, dispensing with 12-bar blues in favor of an intensely deep, funky groove.  “John Lee Hooker sent a unique strand of DNA coursing through the gene pool of countless rockers and blues artists … both his guitar playing and, his vocals, in their chanting cadence, could reach the transcendence of devotional singing” – The Guardian.

Located in Switzerland, the Montreux Jazz Festival is one of the world’s biggest and longest-running jazz festivals. Live at Montreux witnesses John Lee Hooker deliver two blistering performances filmed at the festival in 1983 and 1990. He was joined by The Coast to Coast Blues Band, covering an impressive set of hits from across his storied career including “Boom Boom”, “Crawlin’ King Snake” and his very first single “Boogie Chillen” – the latter expanded to an epic 13-person jam on the 1983 set, featuring guitarist Luther Allison, harmonica legend Sugar Blue, and a horn section. For his triumphant return to Montreux in 1990, Hooker added an additional guitar and sax to the line-up, as well as female vocalist Vala Cupp. “The Hook” infuses his set with songs from his 1989 Grammy® winning album, The Healer, including the hypnotic title track.

2 LP Track Listing:

LIVE AT MONTREUX 1983 – LP 1

 

1. It Serves Me Right To Suffer

2. I Didn’t Know

3. Hi-Heel Sneakers

4. If You Take Care Of Me, I’ll Take Care Of You

5. Boom Boom

 

SIDE TWO

1. Worried Life Blues

2. I’m Jealous 

3. Crawlin’ King Snake

4. Boogie Chillen 

 

LIVE AT MONTREUX 1990 – LP 2

SIDE THREE

1. John Lee Hooker Introduction

2. Mabel

3. I’m In The Mood

4. Crawlin’ King Snake

5. Baby Lee

 

SIDE FOUR

1. It Serves Me Right To Suffer

2. Boom Boom

3. The Healer 

4. Boogie Chillen’ 

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