The slide guitar wizard's immaculate fretwork was never captured more imaginatively than during his early-'60s stay with Mel London's
Age/Chief labels. 21 fascinating tracks from that period include Hooker's
savage instrumentals "Blue Guitar," "Off the Hook," "The Leading Brand," "Blues in D Natural," and "How Long Can This Go On," along with tracks by A.C. Reed
, Lillian Offitt
, and Harold Tidwell
that cast Hooker
as a standout sideman.