JOHN LEE HOOKER Free Beer And Chicken (1974)

Free Beer And Chicken (1974)
The Hook Gets Funky with Cocker &

Because John Lee Hooker always trafficked in the blues, this obscure session of The Hook getting his funk on was given short shrift when first released in 1974. Personally, I like to see old guys trying different things, even if it’s just a grab at career rejuvenation and/or airplay (FM, in this case). Hooker’s done enough core blues to last a lifetime, so Free Beer And Chicken‘s funky instrumental infusion is fine by me. That said, the root DNA here is still the blues (including “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” and a quirky rendition of “Sitting On Top Of The World”). These tapes (reportedly, part of a larger session) are goosed by guests – Joe Cocker, jazzer Sam Rivers and violinists Michael White & Don “Sugarcane” Harris, among others. The vibe is casually loose and it sounds like the tapes were partially edited for a continuous flow. Cocker sings “Five Long Years” and co-writes “(You’ll Never Amount To Anything If You Don’t Go To) Collage” (their spelling). You can hear Sugarcane Harris’ lead violin work on “713 Blues,” below. Excuse the abrupt finish. There’s more Hook in the archives. Free Beer And Chicken is at Amazon.

Make It Funky (3:23)
Five Long Years (6:03)
713 Blues (5:58)
714 Blues (1:40)
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer (3:33)
Homework (4:28)
Bluebird (5:25)
Sitting On Top Of The World (3:25)
(You Never Amount To Anything If You Don’t Go To) Collage (5:56)


  • Willard
    May 26, 2011 - 12:48 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Alex
    February 2, 2012 - 16:35 | Permalink

    Wow what discovery! Hooker didn’t only hook up with the Canned Heat, but also with Sugarcane one of my favourite and undeniably the most bluesy and funky violin player ever to stride this planet! Thanks for this and your excellent taste, buddy!

    • Willard
      February 3, 2012 - 17:24 | Permalink

      Yeah, I’m a big Sugarcane fan myself.

  • Cresencio
    February 18, 2012 - 20:58 | Permalink

    willard, in 1974 I was in Merced California with a friend perusing the shops in trhe new mall. We were passing by the opening to the Thrifty drug store when I noticed a shopping cart with on sale items. Amongst these things were a couple of albums but only one interested me. I really dug the album cover. It was COOL. I Bought the record and I took it home. I put in in the stack of records in my meager collection and then forgot about it for years. Then one day I played it and was completely blown away by 713 blues. THE VIOLINIST SMOKES!…..I still have it….Many years of grooving to thease guys, and it only cost me 79 cents! Peace out

    • Willard
      February 19, 2012 - 12:44 | Permalink

      Those were the days.

  • goingdownsouth
    August 17, 2015 - 17:39 | Permalink

    un autre découverte, merci bien

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