John Lee Hooker - Classic Early Years 1948-1951, The

Release Date: 20 May 2002
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Release Date: 20 May 2002
  • Disk 1
  • 1. Boogie Chillen
  • 2. Sally Mae
  • 3. See See Baby
  • 4. She Was In Chicago
  • 5. Stomp Boogie
  • 6. Who's Been Jiving You
  • 7. Black Man Blues
  • 8. Poor Joe
  • 9. Good Business
  • 10. Boogie Woogie
  • 11. Helpless Blues
  • 12. Goin' Mad Blues
  • 13. Low Down Midnite Boogie
  • 14. Landing Blues
  • 15. Morning Blues
  • 16. Drifting From Door To Door
  • 17. Hobo Blues
  • 18. Howlin' Wolf
  • 19. Crawling King Snake
  • 20. She Ain't Good For Nothin'
  • 21. Cotton Pickin' Blues
  • 22. Must I Wait Til Your Man Is Gone
  • 23. We Gonna Make Everything Alright
  • 24. Miss Rosie Mae
  • 25. Highway Blues
  • Disk 2
  • 1. Hoogie Boogie
  • 2. Graveyard Blues
  • 3. Whistlin' And Moaning Blues
  • 4. I Love To Boogie
  • 5. Miss Eloise
  • 6. Burnin' Hell
  • 7. I Had A Dream
  • 8. Nightmare Blues
  • 9. Late Last Night
  • 10. Wandering Blues
  • 11. Don't Go Baby
  • 12. Devil's Jump
  • 13. I'm Gonna Kill That Woman
  • 14. Moaning Blues
  • 15. Numbers
  • 16. Weeping Willow
  • 17. Miss Sadie Mae
  • 18. Sometime
  • 19. Forgive Me
  • 20. Heart Trouble Blues
  • 21. Slim's Stomp
  • 22. Miss Lorraine
  • 23. Talkin' Boogie
  • 24. Road Trouble
  • 25. 609 Boogie
  • Disk 3
  • 1. No Friend Around
  • 2. Wednesday Evening
  • 3. Canal Street Blues
  • 4. Playin' The Races
  • 5. Huckle Up Baby
  • 6. Let Your Daddy Ride
  • 7. Goin' On Highway 51
  • 8. Moon Above
  • 9. She Left Me By Myself
  • 10. No Mortgage On My Soul
  • 11. My Baby's Got Somethin'
  • 12. Decoration Day Blues
  • 13. Boogie Chillen No. 2
  • 14. Roll 'N' Roll
  • 15. Crying All Night
  • 16. One More Time
  • 17. I Don't Be Welcome Here
  • 18. Welfare Blues
  • 19. Turnin' Gray Blues
  • 20. Story Of A Married Woman
  • 21. Mad Man Blues
  • 22. Boogie Now
  • 23. Thinking Blues
  • 24. Don't You Remember Me
  • 25. Give Me Your Phone Number
  • Disk 4
  • 1. Notoriety Woman
  • 2. Never Satisfied
  • 3. Moon Is Rising
  • 4. Please Have Mercy
  • 5. John L's House Rent Boogie
  • 6. Queen Bee
  • 7. You've Got Another Man
  • 8. If You Need My Lovin' Baby
  • 9. Nobody To Talk To Me
  • 10. Prison Bound
  • 11. Bumble Bee Blues
  • 12. Questionnaire Blues
  • 13. Real Gone Gal
  • 14. Little Boy Blues
  • 15. My Daddy Was A Jockey
  • 16. Mean Old Train
  • 17. Catfish
  • 18. Louise
  • 19. I'm Going Away
  • 20. Tease Me Baby
  • 21. Streets Is Filled With Women
  • 22. Me And My Woman
  • 23. Whistle Done Blown
  • 24. How Can You Do It
  • 25. I'm In The Mood

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The Authentic Bluesman

With his unique and strikingly rhythmic one-chord proto-boogie sound and his trademark talking blues style in his menacingly deep and resonant voice, John Lee Hooker dispels the myth that rock & roll began with the likes of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

Cited as the missing link between Robert Johnson and Jimi Hendrix, it was musicians like John Lee Hooker, together with others such as Howlin’ Woolf and Muddy Walters and Bo Diddley, who were showing the kind of originality and creating the kind of music, often without any major public recognition, which would later inspire the famous musicians of the post-war era.

‘John Lee Hooker: The Classic Early Years’ is a four-disc collection of one-hundred tracks recorded by the great bluesman between 1948 and 1951, all of which long precede the first releases of both The Beatles and The Stones, and yet there isn’t a single beat among this collection which dates these recordings.

This is music at its timeless best, the blues at its most genuine and hard-lived, an album which takes the listener through the gamut of blues subject matter as experienced by the singer, from anguish to anger, unrequited love to unquenchable lust, from regret to hope. It’s all here, and it’s all best savoured with a large pouring of the finest American bourbon.



Catalogue No: JSPCD7703