John Lee Hooker, who began his career in the '40s, is today considered one of the greatest Blues singers and guitar innovators. This collection of rare gems showcases this member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1.House Rent Boogie
4.Real Gone Gal
5.Feed Her All Night
6.My Daddy Was A Jockey
7.Little Boy Blue
8.How Long Must I Be Your Slave
10.Mean Old Train
Recorded in 1951. Includes liner notes by Kerry Kudlacek.
Personnel: John Lee Hooker (vocals, guitar).
Liner Note Author: Kerry Kudlacek.
These sides of Hooker's raw, electric blues guitar and freely-phrased, soulful vocals were recorded in 1951 for the Gotham label. Originally issued on 78s, tracks like "Wandering Blues," "Feed Her All Night" and "Mean Old Train" find Hooker firmly rooted in the blues tradition, drawing on classic musical and lyrical themes. The fact that Hooker performs unaccompanied throughout gives his music a gut-level intensity, his foot pounding out beats, his sometimes understated delivery sounding tortured and careless at once. In tracks like "House Rent Boogie" one can witness an example of Hooker's well-known boogie groove, a propulsive shuffle rhythm generated by playing a bass riff on the lowest string of the guitar. GOTHAM GOLDEN CLASSICS is a compelling collection of Hooker's solo performances.