Hooker in a Box

(PR) John Lee Hooker, master bluesman and undisputed father of boogie, recorded for more than 30 labels over a span of nearly 50 years. Amazingly, he has never had a definitive career box set - until now. On October 31, 2006, Shout! Factory will release Hooker, a 4-CD set that culls material from all eras - from a primitive 1948 recording of "Boogie Chillen'" to a version of the same song recorded exactly 50 years later in 1998 with Eric Clapton.

The set was compiled by Shawn Amos and Patrick Milligan with invaluable assistance from Zakiya Hooker, Executor-Trustee and Eugene Skuratowicz, Estate Manager of the John Lee Hooker Estate. Music journalist Ted Drozdowski wrote comprehensive liner notes, which delve into Hooker's Mississippi and African influences, and follow his career through its many achievements and accolades up to his death in 2001. In addition, Van Morrison, Carlos Santana and Fito de la Parra, the surviving member of Canned Heat, provided additional notes recalling their respective collaborations with Hooker, highlights of which appear on the 4-CD set.

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