Classic Early Years 1948-51

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All Music Guide - 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/11/2002
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065770327
  • Catalog Number: 7703
  • Sales rank: 100,631

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Boogie Chillen' (3:09)
  2. 2 Sally Mae (3:12)
  3. 3 See See Baby (2:19)
  4. 4 She Was in Chicago (2:57)
  5. 5 Stomp Boogie (3:11)
  6. 6 Who's Been Jiving You (3:10)
  7. 7 Black Man Blues (3:36)
  8. 8 Poor Joe (3:01)
  9. 9 Good Business (3:33)
  10. 10 Boogie Woogie (3:31)
  11. 11 Helpless Blues (3:40)
  12. 12 Goin' Mad Blues (3:46)
  13. 13 Low Down Midnite Boogie (3:35)
  14. 14 Landing Blues (3:26)
  15. 15 Morning Blues (3:04)
  16. 16 Drifting from Door to Door (2:59)
  17. 17 Hobo Blues (3:02)
  18. 18 Howlin' Wolf (2:38)
  19. 19 Crawling King Snake (3:00)
  20. 20 She Ain't Good for Nothin' (2:46)
  21. 21 Cotton Pickin' Boogie (2:45)
  22. 22 Must I Wait Till Your Man Has Gone (3:05)
  23. 23 We Gonna Make Everything Alright (3:05)
  24. 24 Miss Rosie Mae (3:08)
  25. 25 Highway Blues (3:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hoogie Boogie (2:57)
  2. 2 Graveyard Blues (3:14)
  3. 3 Whistlin' and Moaning Blues (3:07)
  4. 4 I Love to Boogie (3:13)
  5. 5 Miss Eloise (2:41)
  6. 6 Burning Hell (2:42)
  7. 7 I Had a Dream (3:01)
  8. 8 Nightmare Blues (2:52)
  9. 9 Late Last Night (3:02)
  10. 10 Wandering Blues (3:18)
  11. 11 Don't Go Baby (3:12)
  12. 12 Devil's Jump (2:53)
  13. 13 I'm Gonna Kill That Woman (3:05)
  14. 14 Moaning Blues (3:02)
  15. 15 The Numbers (3:12)
  16. 16 Weeping Willow (2:50)
  17. 17 Miss Sadie Mae (2:46)
  18. 18 Sometime (2:59)
  19. 19 Forgive Me (3:14)
  20. 20 Heart Trouble Blues (3:03)
  21. 21 Slim's Stomp (3:04)
  22. 22 Miss Lorraine (3:03)
  23. 23 Talkin' Boogie (3:07)
  24. 24 Road Trouble (3:10)
  25. 25 609 Boogie (3:17)
Disc 3
  1. 1 No Friend Around (2:56)
  2. 2 Wednesday Evening (2:57)
  3. 3 Canal Street Blues (2:45)
  4. 4 Playin' the Races (3:09)
  5. 5 Huckle Up Baby (2:48)
  6. 6 Let Your Daddy Ride (2:55)
  7. 7 Goin' Down Highway 51 (2:30)
  8. 8 The Moon Above (2:39)
  9. 9 She Left Me by Myself (2:50)
  10. 10 No Mortgage on My Soul (3:17)
  11. 11 My Baby's Got Somethin' (2:49)
  12. 12 Decoration Day Blues (3:02)
  13. 13 Boogie Chillen, No. 2 (2:46)
  14. 14 Roll 'N' Roll (2:37)
  15. 15 Crying All Night (2:44)
  16. 16 One More Time (2:57)
  17. 17 I Don't Be Welcome Here (3:02)
  18. 18 Welfare Blues (2:58)
  19. 19 Turnin' Gray Blues (2:48)
  20. 20 The Story of a Married Woman (2:47)
  21. 21 Mad Man Blues (2:42)
  22. 22 Boogie Now (2:02)
  23. 23 Thinking Blues (3:00)
  24. 24 Don't You Remember Me? (2:50)
  25. 25 Give Me Your Phone Number (2:49)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Notoriety Woman (3:09)
  2. 2 Never Satisfied (3:00)
  3. 3 Moon Is Rising (2:49)
  4. 4 Please Have Mercy (2:46)
  5. 5 John l's House Rent Boogie (3:01)
  6. 6 Queen Bee (2:35)
  7. 7 You've Got Another Man (3:16)
  8. 8 If You Need My Lovin' Baby (2:44)
  9. 9 Nobody to Talk to Me (AKA Mean Old Train) (3:05)
  10. 10 Prison Bound (3:44)
  11. 11 Bumble Bee Blues (2:42)
  12. 12 Questionnaire Blues (3:26)
  13. 13 Real Gone Gal (3:14)
  14. 14 Little Boy Blues (2:35)
  15. 15 My Daddy Was a Jockey (3:18)
  16. 16 Mean Old Train (3:10)
  17. 17 Catfish Blues (3:08)
  18. 18 Louise (3:05)
  19. 19 I'm Going Away (3:02)
  20. 20 Tease Me Baby (3:02)
  21. 21 Streets Is Filled With Women (3:13)
  22. 22 Me and My Woman (2:40)
  23. 23 Whistle Done Blown (3:11)
  24. 24 How Can You Do It (2:41)
  25. 25 I'm in the Mood (3:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Lee Hooker Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Boogie Woogie Red Piano
Eddie Kirkland Guitar
Curtis Fuller Drums
James Watkins Piano
Technical Credits
Lonnie Johnson Composer
Freddie King Composer
Bessie Smith Composer
Clifton Chenier Composer
Clan of Xymox Composer
Art Pepper Composer
Pinetop Smith Composer
Rupert Holmes Composer
Sam Hopkins Composer
Marc Bolan Composer
Sonny Thompson Composer
Ronald Shannon Jackson Composer
Richard Ashcroft Composer
Bernard Besman Composer
Lightnin' Hopkins Composer
James Moore Composer
Muddy Waters Composer
Don Robey Composer
Neil Slaven Liner Notes
Sonny Terry Composer
Jerry West Composer
Fred LeBlanc Composer
Amina Figarova Composer
Andrew Aitken Cover Design
John Shines Composer
J. Dawkins Composer
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