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6 Jan 2017

John Lee Hooker Featuring Earl Hooker “If You Miss… I Got ‘Im” Session 1969 US Electric Blues





John Lee Hooker  Featuring Earl Hooker “If You Miss… I Got ‘Im” Session 1969 US Electric Blues
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with assistance by Earl Hooker, Paul Asbell, Johnny Big Moose Walker, Jeffery Carp, Chester Gino Skaggs and Roosevelt Shaw. 

This album is marked by the interaction between John Lee Hooker and his guitar-playing cousin Earl. Earl, who succumbed to illness in 1970, was a fine bluesman in his own right, possessing a formidable slide technique. Many are unaware that the two often performed together, and the band that accompanies John Lee here also backed Earl frequently. The opening cut, then, a slow 12-bar number called “The Hookers” is not about ladies of the evening, but rather about the gentlemen in question. 
Heard here less than a year before his death, Earl still sounds frisky and versatile, often utilizing a funky wah-wah style without ever descending into the psychedelic excesses that plagued so many late-'60s electric blues albums. One of the most effective cuts is “Lonesome Mood,” a low-key, one-chord stomper in the classic John Lee mold, where Earl’s wah-wah guitar meshes with Johnny Walker’s organ and Jefferey Carp’s harmonica to create a subtly shifting, sensuously undulating web of sound over which John Lee works his hoodoo. On IF YOU MISS 'IM, John Lee definitely benefits from keeping it in the family. ….by allmusic…… 
Re-up cos’ a friend posted I Gotta Go To Vietnam on his page. A good opportunity for re-uping this album, not the one issued officially, but a fake one adding more songs from the session in it. This is with this sort of work I consider this blog useful, not only for fans, but for everyone and for the artists too, whose work is respected, since the industry treats with an incredible despise musicians and listeners. Catch this fantastic Hookers session here. 

On the 29th May 1969 in Los Angeles, the Hooker(s) (John Lee & Earl) are together for a session that will be split on 2 albums, 9 songs featuring in an album called If You Miss 'Im… I Got 'Im released on the same year on Bluesway (and reissued on CD by BGO in 1998 but be careful, the MCA LP called Lonesome Mood and released in 1983 is the same album omitting one song “I Don’t Care When You Go”), and 3 (2 being alternate takes) placed at the end of the Urban Blues CD reissue of the album in 1993. Son here’s is the (almost) complete session, almost since one song (“Walking The Floor Over You”) has, to my knowledge, never been released. Moreover, I’ve respected the order of the recording session, even if it may seem not the best for listening the album. Actually, John Lee Hooker has never really recorded albums but sessions, and it’s maybe more interesting to imagine listening to the session live than to a “simili” album. As you’ll see (actually hear), the session is consisting of slow blues on one hand and of boogies on the other hand, and the album can be considered as a pre-Hooker & Heat one. Awfully, Earl Hooker, as Alan Wilson, would die shortly after their session with John Lee Hooker, the first in April 1970, the second in September. This gives to these sessions a doom flavor that they were not supposed to have when recorded. If this session can be considered as a John Lee and not an Earl’s one, it’s mainly cos’ on some songs the guitar is taken by Paul Asbell and not Earl (on the killer version of “Boom Boom” called “Bang Bang Bang Bang” or “Have Mercy On My Soul”). Far from the previous post from John Lee Hooker, this is the man in the end of sixties, as relevant as in the fifties. They were not so many to succeed in that………. 

Tracklist 
A1 The Hookers (If You Miss 'Im … I Got 'Im 4:41 
A2 Baby, I Love You 4:08 
A3 Lonesome Mood 5:11 
A4 Bang Bang Bang Bang 4:45 
A5 If You Take Care Of Me, I’ll Take Care Of You 3:33 
B1 Baby, Be Strong 5:03 
B2 I Wanna Be Your Puppy, Baby 8:06 
B3 I Don’t Care When You Go 2:34 
B4 Have Mercy On My Soul! 7:54 

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