Young Man Blues

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


  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.