John Lee Hooker Box Set Due

A new career spanning five-disc set from John Lee Hooker is due in October which will include some of biggest hits, rarities, live performances and previously unreleased tracks.

Those unissued sides include “Unfriendly Woman,” “When I Lay My Burden Down” and “Meat Shakes On Her Bone”.

Disc one features some of his earliest sides.

Live sides include “She’s Gone,” “It Serves Me Right to Suffer,” “Boom Boom,” “Hi-Heel Sneakers” and “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.”

Disc five will feature his collaborations with artists like Eric Clapton, George Thorogood, Canned Heat, Santana and B.B. King.

“King of the Boogie” also comes with a 56-page book featuring photographs and new liner notes from Jas Obrecht, and Hooker’s long time manager Mike Kappus.

The box set was produced by Mason Williams (using today’s terminology “curated”) who said: “Even at 100 songs, this set is just a snapshot of John Lee Hooker’s incredible and influential career, but one that takes you on the long journey he took from his early days in Detroit, to his time in Chicago recording for Vee-Jay Records and up through his later collaborations with Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt and Santana, among others.”

Much of Hooker’s extensive back catalogue has been reissued many times, but on the 100th anniversary of his birth – this is a good as any place to start listening to the great music of the Boogie Man.

Disc: 1

  1. Boogie Chillen’ – John Lee Hooker And His Guitar
  2. Sally May – John Lee Hooker And His Guitar
  3. Hobo Blues – John Lee Hooker And His Guitar
  4. Crawlin’ King Snake – John Lee Hooker & His Guitar
  5. Black Man Blues – Texas Slim
  6. Goin’ Mad Blues – Delta John
  7. Who’s Been Jivin’ You – Texas Slim
  8. (Miss Sadie Mae) Curl My Baby’s Hair
  9. Hoogie Boogie – John Lee Hooker And His Guitar
  10. Burnin’ Hell – John Lee Hooker And His Guitar
  11. Weeping Willow Boogie
  12. Moaning Blues – Texas Slim
  13. Huckle Up Baby – John Lee Hooker And His Guitar
  14. Goin’ On Highway #51 – John Lee Hooker And His Guitar
  15. John L’s House Rent Boogie
  16. I’m In The Mood
  17. Two White Horses
  18. 33 Blues
  19. Sugar Mama
  20. Wobbling Baby
  21. Stuttering Blues – John Lee Booker
  22. I’m A Boogie Man – Johnny Lee
  23. Down Child
  24. Odds Against Me (Backbiters And Syndicaters)
  25. Shake, Holler And Run

Disc: 2

  1. Unfriendly Woman [Aka Stop Now]*
  2. Mambo Chillun
  3. Time Is Marching
  4. Dimples
  5. Little Wheel
  6. I Love You Honey
  7. Drive Me Away
  8. Maudie
  9. When I Lay My Burden Down*
  10. Tupelo Blues
  11. Good Mornin’ Lil’ School Girl
  12. I Rolled And Turned And Cried The Whole Night Long
  13. No More Doggin’
  14. Dusty Road
  15. No Shoes
  16. My First Wife Left Me
  17. Crazy About That Walk – Sir John Lee Hooker
  18. Want Ad Blues
  19. Will The Circle Be Unbroken
  20. I’m Going Upstairs
  21. I Lost My Job
  22. Don’t Turn Me From Your Door
  23. Grinder Man
  24. Meat Shakes On Her Bone*

Disk: 3

  1. Boom Boom
  2. Blues Before Sunrise
  3. She’s Mine
  4. Frisco Blues
  5. Good Rockin’ Mama
  6. I’m Leaving
  7. Birmingham Blues
  8. Don’t Look Back
  9. Big Legs, Tight Skirt
  10. It Serves Me Right
  11. Money
  12. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
  13. The Motor City Is Burning
  14. Mean, Mean Woman
  15. Doin’ The Shout
  16. Homework
  17. Early One Morning
  18. Rocking Chair
  19. Hittin’ The Bottle Again
  20. Deep Blue Sea
  21. Spellbound

Disc: 4

  1. Hobo Blues – Live
  2. Maudie – Live
  3. Shake It Baby – Live
  4. Boogie Chillun – Live
  5. Bottle Up And Go – Live
  6. Crawlin’ King Snake – Live
  7. The Mighty Fire – Live
  8. You’ve Got To Walk Yourself – Live
  9. I’m Bad Like Jesse James – Live
  10. Boogie Everywhere I Go – Live
  11. She’s Gone*- Live
  12. It Serves Me Right To Suffer*- Live
  13. Boom Boom* – Live
  14. Hi – Heel Sneakers* – Live
  15. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer* – Live

Disc: 5

  1. I Got Eyes For You – With “Little” Eddie Kirkland
  2. Mai Lee – With The Groundhogs
  3. Peavine – With Canned Heat
  4. Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive – With Van Morrison
  5. Five Long Years – With Joe Cocker
  6. The Healer – With Carlos Santana
  7. I’m In The Mood – With Bonnie Raitt
  8. Sally Mae – With George Thorogood
  9. Mr. Lucky – With Robert Cray
  10. Up And Down – With Warren Haynes
  11. Boom Boom – With Jimmie Vaughan
  12. You Shook Me – With B.B. King
  13. Don’t Look Back – With Van Morrison
  14. Dimples – With Los Lobos
  15. Boogie Chillen’ – With Eric Clapton

 *previously unreleased

 

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