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  • Summary: The five-disc set of 100 songs from the blues artist features rare, live and several unreleased tracks.
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  • Record Label: Concord
  • Genre(s): Blues, Electric Blues, Regional Blues, Acoustic Blues, Country Blues, Detroit Blues, Blues Revival, Delta Blues, Electric Delta Blues
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  1. 100
    Even when required to accommodate passing trends like mambo or funk, Hooker’s blues simply bent a little, but never broke. Its atavistic power, he knew, resided in its hypnotic grip, which effectively crystallised rock’n’roll years before the style was recognised.
  2. Oct 12, 2017
    90
    John Lee Hooker couldn't have asked for a better centenary.
  3. Nov 21, 2017
    90
    These five discs show Hooker's talents in all their glory.
  4. Oct 12, 2017
    80
    While the music collected here has ultimately been Hooker’s ticket to prosperity, awards, and the good life, its real value is its cultural and historical significance. The music that he created 60 years ago, even today in the 21st century, remains an essential part of the DNA of rock music. It’s (yep) a veritable boogie wonderland.
  5. 80
    All told, this is a finely detailed and lovingly curated tribute to one of the true greats.
  6. Mojo
    Nov 28, 2017
    80
    His stark solo work--with an amplified wood board for footstompin'--remains the stuff that'll Hook ya. [Jan 2018, p.102]
  7. Uncut
    Oct 17, 2017
    80
    John Lee Hooker was the most adaptable bluesmen. ... King Of The Boogie is a career-bridging overview that highlights these abundant qualities across five discs. [Nov 2017, p.50]
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