John Lee Hooker

Classic Early Years 1948-51

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

Track Listing - Disc 2

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

Track Listing - Disc 3

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

Track Listing - Disc 4

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