NME (Magazine) - 3/21/98, p.517 (out of 10)
- "...this 12-year-old reissue comfortably pays the rent on Hooker's permanent residence in the eternal theme pub of Blues Greats..."
Personnel: John Lee Hooker (vocals, guitar); Mike Osborn, Bruce Kaphan, Jamie Bowers (guitar); Ian Berry (horns); John Sanders (piano); Deacon Jones (organ); Robbie King (keyboards); Larry Hamilton, Jim Guyett (bass); Tim Richards, Bowen Brown (drums); Alison Hogan (background vocals).
Recorded at Blue Wave Studios, Vancouver, British Columbia and Dragon Studio, Redwood City, California.
Personnel: John Lee Hooker (guitar); Bill Johnson , Mike Osborn, Jamie Bowers, Roy Rogers , Bruce Kaphan (guitar); Ian Berry (horns); John Sanders (piano); Deacon Jones (organ); Robbie King, Mitch Woods (keyboards); Jim Guyett, Larry Hamilton (bass instrument); Scott Mathews , Tim Richards, Bowen Brown (drums); Alison Hogan (background vocals).
Audio Remasterer: Keith Blake.
Hooker was already being hailed as a living legend in the '60s, but by the time of this 1986 release he was a larger-than-life figure, his iconic stature unquestioned. From his earliest collaborations with Canned Heat and on through the '70s and '80s, the rock world never got tired of trying to endear Hooker to a crossover audience. JEALOUS is an attempt to adapt Hooker's lonesome blues to full-band arrangements.
Unlike his band recordings of the '50s, though, there's a decided rock edge to his accompaniment here, providing a sharp contrast to the down-home, earthy sound of Hooker's voice and guitar. Organ, electric guitar, and a forceful rhythm section baked in reverb back Hooker on JEALOUS. Instead of overpowering Hooker, though, these new arrangements place the bluesman on a sonic pedestal, from which he sounds like the voice of God dispensing wisdom through the blues.