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ARTIST
TITLE
The Big Soul
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
VEEJAY 1058LP VEEJAY 1058LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
7/4/2011

"Jumping into the R&B and soul explosions of the early '60s -- or at least dipping his toe into them -- he's backed here by the Vandellas, no less, on all but one of the 11 songs here. And coupled with an uncredited band that includes organ accompaniment, among other attributes that one doesn't usually associate with Hooker, he pulls it off. Indeed, he manages to straddle blues and soul far better than, say, Muddy Waters did during this same period; he's still a little too intense for the more pop side of the field, but he's also stretching the appeal of the blues with every nuance on this record, and there are a few cuts here, such as 'Send Me Your Pillow' that would have fit on any of Hooker's far more traditional-sounding blues releases; and others, such as 'She Shot Me Down' (a rewrite of 'Boom Boom'), that are so close to his well-known standard repertory that they slip right into his output without explanation." --All Music Guide