The Healer (album)

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The Healer
JohnLeeHooker TheHealer1.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1989 (1989-09)
RecordedRussian Hill Recording Studios, San Francisco
ProducerRoy Rogers
John Lee Hooker chronology
Highway 51
The Healer
Lonesome Road
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars [2]
The Village VoiceB+[3]

The Healer is a blues album by John Lee Hooker, released in 1989. The album features collaborations with Bonnie Raitt, Charlie Musselwhite, Los Lobos and Carlos Santana, among others. The Healer peaked at number 62 on the Billboard 200 and "I'm in the Mood" won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Performance. Produced by Roy Rogers of the Delta Rhythm Kings,[2] and executive produced by Mike Kappus (who also conceived the idea for the project),[4] the album had such success that it "permitted John Lee Hooker to live out the end of his life in comfort".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by John Lee Hooker, except where noted.

  1. "The Healer" (with Carlos Santana) (Hooker, Roy Rogers, Santana, Chester Thompson) – 5:36
  2. "I'm in the Mood" (with Bonnie Raitt) (Hooker, Bernard Besman) – 4:30
  3. "Baby Lee" (with Robert Cray) (Hooker, James Bracken) – 3:43
  4. "Cuttin' Out" (with Canned Heat) – 4:35
  5. "Think Twice Before You Go" (with Los Lobos) – 2:58
  6. "Sally Mae" (with George Thorogood) (Hooker, Besman) – 3:15
  7. "That's Alright" (with Charlie Musselwhite) – 4:23
  8. "Rockin' Chair" – 4:09
  9. "My Dream" – 4:02
  10. "No Substitute" – 4:07



  1. ^ Owens, Thom. The Healer at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b "John Lee Hooker: The Healer : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. 23 November 2007. Archived from the original on 23 November 2007. Retrieved 24 January 2018.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (October 31, 1989). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  4. ^ "Mike Kappus :The Rosebud agency" (PDF). Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  5. ^ According to Walter de Paduwa speaking (in French at minute 14'45") on the Dr Boogie Radio Show, January 31, 2014.

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