John Lee Hooker

A Proper Introduction to John Lee Hooker: I'm in the Mood

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Most of the sides presented here were recorded by Bernie Besman at United Sound Studios in Detroit between 1948 and 1952 and were leased to Modern Records in Los Angeles, although Besman did release some of them on his own Sensation Records imprint. Hooker's first official single, "Sally Mae" b/w "Boogie Chillen," went to the top spot on the R&B charts in 1948 on the strength of its B-side, which became Hooker's signature tune. The loose-limbed blues boogies collected here were done solo with Hooker on electric guitar, and the stretched meters and ever-present foot stomping mark them as vintage early Hooker. Included are "Boogie Chillen'," "Hobo Blues," "Crawling King Snake," "Huckle Up Baby," "House Rent Boogie," and "I'm in the Mood," which in Hooker's world could almost pass for pop. Since Hooker never significantly altered his style during his long career, these first recordings set the stage for all that came after, and he arguably never sounded fresher or better.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:47
2 3:12
3 3:13
4 3:38
5 3:48
6 3:04
7 3:06
8 2:41
9 3:04
10 3:12
11 3:00
12 3:00
13 3:16
14 3:08
15 2:51
16 2:48
17 2:55
18 2:50
19 2:36
20 2:45
21 3:00
22 3:13
23 3:10
24 3:10
25 2:55
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