4/17/15

John Lee Hooker - Motor City Burning fake EP (1967)


Strange coincidence I decided to re-up this fake EP collecting the 4 songs John Lee Hooker recorded about the Detroit riot and burning building when a vast fire is ravaging the town not far from where I write these lines. More about this true gem below. More JLH to come. I'll never have finished with him until I die. Catch it here

When John Lee Hooker enters the Chicago studio on 27th September 1967, it's been 1 year he did not record any session and 2 months before there was a 5 day riot in Detroit causing 43 dead among whom 33 were black people. John Lee Hooker composed a song about it and sang 3 others in this session, one of the best of the decade. On guitar, rarely mentioned for a reason I ignore, there was Buddy Guy. Two singles will be released from this session. Two months later, he'll record another one with the same band minus Buddy Guy, but the session will be very weak. All the songs from both sessions will be gathered on an LP released in 1968 under the name of Urban Blues. An uneven one for sure. More problematic, only the BGO CD version will feature the song "Want Ad Blues", the more widely known and easy to find MCA one withdrawing this song for the strange inclusion of 3 songs from the session John Lee Hooker did with Earl Hooker in 1969 and entitled If You Miss 'Im... I Got 'Im (you can get this almost complete session here). So, here's the only way to listen to the 27th September session: on a specific EP consisting of the 4 songs recorded this day. And the atmosphere is quite heavy and showed that this old blues man was as relevant to modern times than younger rockers such as the MC5, Jefferson Airplane or the Stones. Pictures are from the Detroit 1967 riots.



The Motor City Is Burning
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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi. Nice Blog. Best find in 2011 so far :) Thanks for the great JLH posts. All the best from Hamburg/Germany.

dk said...

Nice comment. The best written in 2011 so far too :)
More rare JLH soon.
dk

musicyoucan said...

Hello,
To complete all you JLHooker's stuff, can you re-up this one ?
Many Thanks
musicyoucan

kingpossum said...

No coincidence about your re-up and the blaze in your neighborhood, seems to me. Much thanks for putting this together and the detailed notes. Was Guy not listed for contractual reasons? Regardless, his contribution here is stinging and wicked. Nothing less to be expected.

Thanks too for re-linking to the session with Earl Hooker. What a gem.

Gratitude,

musicyoucan said...

Hello,
Thanks for the re-up
musicyoucan

Teenage Mary said...

Hey there. Just found your blog (incredibly so, given that I love obscurities and out-takes etc and collect music voraciously). Have already found much that delights me.

Good work. I applaud your efforts and look forward to discovering more. Happy New Year. Peace be upon you.