3/29/15

John Lee Hooker - Sittin' Here Thinkin' (1954)

Re-up of a session he recorded in 1954 before being signed by Vee Jay. Contrary to what I write in the previous post, I decided to create a cover sleeve since the one released in 1979 shows an older John Lee Hooker who is totally out of context with what's on the album. Catch it here.

Released in 1979, this session was the last John Lee Hooker recorded (in 1954) without stable label contract before being recruited by Vee Jay where he stayed during 10 years (with some infidelities at the beginning of the sixties). On this session, Ed Kirkland is on guitar but the bass and drums are played by unknown musicians (maybe Tom Whitehead on drums but the drumming here a little better than the one Whitehead was able to). A CD version was released in 1990 on the French label Vogue, with a song not featuring on the vinyl version: "When My Wife Quits Me". This is this version I posted here. Most of songs are actually about recriminations about male-female relationship and separation, but it was not a rare thema in Hooker's lyrics it's true. And it's an important question I must admit. Not sure things have changed a lot in 60 years. I've tried to find an alternative cover sleeve but didn't find a picture appropriate enough to justify not using the official CD one. It's not the best he did in his life (I mean the session, not the cover sleeve), but an interesting one deserving to feature in each Hooker discography.



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