Young Man Blues

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"Young Man Blues"
Song by Mose Allison
from the album Back Country Suite
Released1957
RecordedMarch 7, 1957
GenreBlues, jazz
Length1:28
LabelPrestige
Songwriter(s)Mose Allison
Producer(s)Bob Weinstock

"Young Man Blues" is a song by jazz artist Mose Allison.[1] Allison first recorded it in March 1957 for his debut album, Back Country Suite, in which it appears under the title "Back Country Suite: Blues." In Allison's two-CD compilation set of 2002, Allison Wonderland, Allison reveals that the tune's full title is: "Back Country Suite: Blues (a.k.a. 'Young Man's Blues')".

The tune is also found on Chris Spedding's 2009 reissued album One Step Ahead of the Blues, where in the liner notes Spedding states he was trying make a version, which was how he imagined Allison originally recorded it; having never heard it. Spedding's blues rock version differs considerably from either Allison's jazz-blues or The Who's rock versions.

The Who version[edit]

"Young Man Blues"
Song by The Who
from the album Live at Leeds
Released16 May 1970
Recorded14 February 1970
GenreBlues rock, hard rock
Length4:46
Label
Songwriter(s)Mose Allison
Producer(s)

The song was famously covered by The Who during live sets - first appearing on their 1970 album Live at Leeds. Another live performance features in the movie and soundtrack for The Kids Are Alright, from a 1969 performance at the London Coliseum. The song was included in Rock Band 2 as downloadable content.

Other covers[edit]

It has also been covered live by You Am I,[2] Joe Bonamassa, the Foo Fighters[3][4], The Bright Light Social Hour[5] and Motorpsycho[6].

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Complete Song List". Mose Allison. Retrieved 2016-11-15.
  2. ^ "You Am I - Young Man's Blues - Live 1996". YouTube. 1996-11-24. Retrieved 2016-11-15.
  3. ^ "Foo Fighters - Young Man Blues - ACL 2008". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-11-15.
  4. ^ "Foo Fighters - Young Man Blues (VH1 Rock Honors)". YouTube. 2011-01-29. Retrieved 2016-11-15.
  5. ^ "News". The Bright Light Social Hour. Retrieved 2016-11-15.
  6. ^ "Motorpsycho - Young Man Blues". YouTube. Retrieved 2018-05-29.