Even in his eighth decade, John Lee Hooker is pure proof that your cool doesn't leave you just because you get old. But in attempts to attract a wider audience, Hooker's modern sound has been packaged and produced to a pristine perfection. It's easy to forget the stripped-down guitar and vocals that started it all for him 50 years ago in Detroit, which is what you'll hear on "Sittin' Here Thinkin.'"
Originally cut during the 1950s with an unknown rhythm section that included a second guitar, bass and drums, the recording's songs are pure Hooker. All that mattered was whether the song said what Hooker wanted said in the way he wanted it said. It was blues because he said so. Now that's blues power.