Classic Early Years 1948-51

John Lee Hooker

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Classic Early Years 1948-51 Review

by Steve Leggett

This four-disc box from London's JSP Records collects an astounding 100 songs recorded by John Lee Hooker in Detroit from the years 1948 to 1952, including his first two sides ever, the signature tunes "Boogie Chillen" and "Sally Mae." Most of the tracks here are done solo, with Hooker's ever-present foot-stomping, although a few feature other musicians on loose-limbed blues boogies. 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. Four discs worth of this throwback Mississippi bluesman will be severe overkill for casual listeners, but diehard Hooker fans will find this box set absolutely essential.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 John Lee Hooker 03:09 Amazon
2 John Lee Hooker 03:12 Amazon
3
John Lee Hooker 02:19 Amazon
4 John Lee Hooker 02:57 Amazon
5 John Lee Hooker 03:11 Amazon
6 John Lee Hooker 03:10 Amazon
7 John Lee Hooker 03:36 Amazon
8 John Lee Hooker 03:01 Amazon
9 John Lee Hooker 03:33 Amazon
10 John Lee Hooker 03:31 Amazon
11 John Lee Hooker 03:40 Amazon
12 John Lee Hooker 03:46 Amazon
13 John Lee Hooker 03:35 Amazon
14 John Lee Hooker 03:26 Amazon
15 John Lee Hooker 03:04 Amazon
16 John Lee Hooker 02:59 Amazon
17 John Lee Hooker 03:02 Amazon
18 John Lee Hooker 02:38 Amazon
19 John Lee Hooker 03:00 Amazon
20 John Lee Hooker 02:46 Amazon
21 John Lee Hooker 02:45 Amazon
22
John Lee Hooker 03:05 Amazon
23
John Lee Hooker 03:05 Amazon
24 John Lee Hooker 03:08 Amazon
25 John Lee Hooker 03:06 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 John Lee Hooker 02:57 Amazon
2 John Lee Hooker 03:14 Amazon
3 John Lee Hooker 03:07 Amazon
4 John Lee Hooker 03:13 Amazon
5 John Lee Hooker 02:41 Amazon
6 John Lee Hooker 02:42 Amazon
7 John Lee Hooker 03:01 Amazon
8 John Lee Hooker 02:52 Amazon
9 John Lee Hooker 03:02 Amazon
10 John Lee Hooker 03:18 Amazon
11 John Lee Hooker 03:12 Amazon
12 John Lee Hooker 02:53 Amazon
13 John Lee Hooker 03:05 Amazon
14 John Lee Hooker 03:02 Amazon
15 John Lee Hooker 03:12 Amazon
16 John Lee Hooker 02:50 Amazon
17 John Lee Hooker 02:46 Amazon
18 John Lee Hooker 02:59 Amazon
19 John Lee Hooker 03:14 Amazon
20 John Lee Hooker 03:03 Amazon
21 John Lee Hooker 03:04 Amazon
22 John Lee Hooker 03:03 Amazon
23 John Lee Hooker 03:07 Amazon
24 John Lee Hooker 03:10 Amazon
25 John Lee Hooker 03:17 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 John Lee Hooker 02:56 Amazon
2 John Lee Hooker 02:57 Amazon
3 John Lee Hooker 02:45 Amazon
4
John Lee Hooker 03:09 Amazon
5 John Lee Hooker 02:48 Amazon
6 John Lee Hooker 02:55 Amazon
7 John Lee Hooker 02:30 Amazon
8 John Lee Hooker 02:39 Amazon
9 John Lee Hooker 02:50 Amazon
10 John Lee Hooker 03:17 Amazon
11 John Lee Hooker 02:49 Amazon
12 John Lee Hooker 03:02 Amazon
13 John Lee Hooker 02:46 Amazon
14 John Lee Hooker 02:37 Amazon
15 John Lee Hooker 02:44 Amazon
16 John Lee Hooker 02:57 Amazon
17 John Lee Hooker 03:02 Amazon
18 John Lee Hooker 02:58 Amazon
19 John Lee Hooker 02:48 Amazon
20 John Lee Hooker 02:47 Amazon
21 John Lee Hooker 02:42 Amazon
22 John Lee Hooker 02:02 Amazon
23 John Lee Hooker 03:00 Amazon
24 John Lee Hooker 02:50 Amazon
25 John Lee Hooker 02:49 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 John Lee Hooker 03:09 Amazon
2 John Lee Hooker 03:00 Amazon
3 John Lee Hooker 02:49 Amazon
4 John Lee Hooker 02:46 Amazon
5 John Lee Hooker 03:01 Amazon
6 John Lee Hooker 02:35 Amazon
7
John Lee Hooker 03:16 Amazon
8
John Lee Hooker 02:44 Amazon
9 John Lee Hooker 03:05 Amazon
10
John Lee Hooker 03:44 Amazon
11 John Lee Hooker 02:42 Amazon
12
John Lee Hooker 03:26 Amazon
13
John Lee Hooker 03:14 Amazon
14
John Lee Hooker 02:35 Amazon
15
John Lee Hooker 03:18 Amazon
16 John Lee Hooker 03:10 Amazon
17 John Lee Hooker 03:08 Amazon
18 John Lee Hooker 03:05 Amazon
19 John Lee Hooker 03:02 Amazon
20 John Lee Hooker 03:02 Amazon
21 John Lee Hooker 03:13 Amazon
22 John Lee Hooker 02:40 Amazon
23 John Lee Hooker 03:11 Amazon
24 John Lee Hooker 02:41 Amazon
25 John Lee Hooker 03:07 Amazon
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