The Blues: Young and Wild 1948-1949/Black ‘n Blue Recordings 1969 – John Lee Hooker

The Blues: Young and Wild 1948-1949/Black 'n Blue Recordings 1969 - John Lee Hooker Artist: John Lee Hooker
Album: The Blues: Young and Wild 1948-1949/Black ‘n Blue Recordings 1969
Release Date: 2000
Duration: 01:59:04
Genre: Blues
Styles: Acoustic Blues, Blues Revival, Country Blues, Delta Blues, Detroit Blues, Electric Blues, Electric Delta Blues, Regional Blues
Recording Date: November, 1948 – November 30, 1969

This two-disc set contains some of the earliest material by John Lee Hooker just previous to and upon his arrival in Detroit. The early sides are still pretty raw in terms of the sound quality and have been cleaned up better elsewhere — in fact, some of this stuff sounds like it was mastered from 78s — but the music is still untouchable. Disc two includes better-sounding material, recorded in 1969 in a better studio with finer microphones. There are versions of “Sittin’ Here Thinkin’,” “Boogie Chillen’,” “I Wanna Ramble,” “Get Back Home in the U.S.A.,” and many, many others. But it’s the earlier stuff from the 1940s that’s truly wild and amazing to encounter again, despite the sound problems.

Title/Composer Performer Time
Stomp Boogie / John Lee Hooker John Lee Hooker 3:10
Who’s Been Jiving You? / Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup John Lee Hooker 3:10
Black Man Blues / John Lee Hooker John Lee Hooker 3:35
Poor Joe / John Lee Hooker John Lee Hooker 3:01
Helpless Blues / John Lee Hooker John Lee Hooker 3:40
Going Mad Blues / John Lee Hooker John Lee Hooker 3:46
Grievin’ Blues / John Lee Hooker John Lee Hooker 3:31
Low Down Midnite Boogie / John Lee Hooker John Lee Hooker 3:37
Landing Blues / Sonny Boy Williamson I John Lee Hooker 3:29
Twister Blues / John Lee Hooker John Lee Hooker 2:33
Shady Grove Blues / Blind Lemon Jefferson John Lee Hooker 3:21
Goin’ Down Slow / James Burke Oden John Lee Hooker 3:29
Just Like a Woman / Louis Jordan John Lee Hooker 3:26
Miss Lorraine / John Lee Hooker John Lee Hooker 3:04
I Love to Boogie / John Lee Hooker John Lee Hooker 3:13
Graveyard Blues / Blind Lemon Jefferson John Lee Hooker 3:15
Miss Eloise / Robert Fulton John Lee Hooker 2:42
Nightmare Blues / John Lee Hooker John Lee Hooker 2:56

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