John Lee Hooker

The Early Years, Vol. 1

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This is Disc One of the two-disc set Tomato Records released in 1994 under the title Early Years, which highlights John Lee Hooker's work for Vee-Jay Records. It probably makes more sense to hunt down the double-CD box rather than buy Volumes One and Two separately, but either way, these tracks are about as slick and commercial as Hooker ever got (save for The Healer), which, if you're familiar with this throwback bluesman, isn't very slick at all.

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