John Lee Hooker releases ‘The Healer’ recorded with Bonnie Raitt, Charlie Musselwhite, Los Lobos and Carlos Santana as guests (1989)

John Lee Hooker’s ‘The Healer’ is an album featuring collaborations with Bonnie Raitt, Charlie Musselwhite, Los Lobos and Carlos Santana and released in September 1989 by Chameleon.

Track listing : 1.The Healer (John Lee Hooker, Roy Rogers, Santana, Chester Thompson) – 05:36 . 2.I’m in the Mood (John Lee Hooker, Bernard Besman) – 04:30 . 3.Baby Lee (John Lee Hooker, James Bracken) – 03:43 . 4.Cuttin’ Out (John Lee Hooker) – 04:35 . 5.Think Twice Before You Go (John Lee Hooker) – 02:58 . 6.Sally Mae (John Lee Hooker, James Bracken) – 03:15 . 7.That’s Alright (John Lee Hooker) – 004:23 . 8.Rockin’ Chair (John Lee Hooker) – 04:09 . 9.My Dream (John Lee Hooker) – 04:02 . 10.No Substitute (John Lee Hooker) – 04:07 .

Musicians : John Lee Hooker – Vocals, Guitar, Steel Guitar . Carlos Santana – Guitar On (1) . Chepito Areas – Timbales On (1) . Armando Peraza – Congas On (1) . Ndugu Chancler – Drums On (1) . Chester Thompson – Keyboards, Synthesizers On (1) . Bonnie Raitt – Vocals, Slide Guitar On (2) . Roy Rogers – Guitar, Slide Guitar . Scott Mathews – Drums On (3) . Robert Cray – Guitar On (3) . Richard Cousins – Bass On (3) . Henry Vestine – Guitar On (4) . Larry Taylor – Bass On (4) . Fito De La Parra – Drums On (4) . Charlie Musselwhite – Harmonica On (7) . Cesar Rosas – Guitar On (5) . David Hidalgo – Guitar, Accordion On (5) . Louie Pérez – Drums On (5) . Conrad Lozano – Bass On (5) . Steve Berlin – Saxophone On (5) . George Thorogood – Guitar On (6) . Steve Ehrmann – Bass .

Production Produced by Roy Rogers . Jim Gaines – Engineer . Samuel Lehmer – Engineer, Mixing . Mark Lynette – Engineer .

Package : John Bitzer – Liner Notes . Brandon Lively – Art Direction, Design . David Perry – Photography .

Recorded at Russian Hill Recording Studios, San Francisco .

Released September 1989 by Chameleon.

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Rolling Stone
Producer-guitarist Roy Rogers of the Delta Rhythm Kings faithfully captures the intimate banter and live-in-the-barroom, Fender-tube-amp quality of authentic blues. But the spirit that animates this album is the ageless voice of John Lee Hooker and his boogie-man blues. […]

About.com
Sixteen years after its initial release, the album still sounds good…not as good as Hooker’s blistering, brutal recordings of the 1940s and ’50s…but good enough to prove that there was still a spark left in the old lion yet. […]

schept @ RateYourMusic
This lacks something. I don’t know if its the guest artists (the opening track with Santana is definitely the wrong way to start off), production, or if it’s a lack of ‘the blues’. It just doesn’t does it for me. […]

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