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(2015/Cicadelic) 20 tracks. Lightnin' Hopkins recorded over a dozen songs for the Clarity Music... more

Lightnin' Hopkins: Shootin' Fire (CD)

(2015/Cicadelic) 20 tracks.
Lightnin' Hopkins recorded over a dozen songs for the Clarity Music Company at the "ACA" Recording Studio in Houston in April of 1969. These songs ranged from new originals, such as "Born In The Bottom", "December 7, 1941", "A Rainy Day In Houston", and "Stinking Foot", to oldies such as "Feel Like Ballin' The Jack", "Shake That Thing" and "Shinin' Moon". Since the 1970's some of these songs have been released on haphazard compilations with the bass and drums mixed too high, the guitar leads mixed too low, and excessive "reverb" in an attempt to make Lightnin' sound more contemporary. Now for the first time ever the original four track masters have been re-mixed without any of the extraneous studio misjudgments that marred previous releases. As an added bonus, previously unreleased recordings such as "Movin On Out When The Saints March In", "Old House Torn Down", "Mistrust My Baby And She Mistrust Me", and "Baby Please Don't Do Me Wrong" are included on this compendium of Lightnin' Hopkins gems. A large selection of never before seen photos, contracts, and documents rounds out this collection of rarities. The net result is 77 minutes of Lightnin' Hopkins in his prime "shootin' fire". Lightin' Hopkins - - gtr,voc, Cedric Hayword - pno, Lawrence Evans - bass, Ben Turner - drums.

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  • Interpret: Lightnin' Hopkins

  • Album titlle: Shootin' Fire (CD)

  • Genre Blues

  • Year of publication 2015
  • Label CICADELIC

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0845121091830

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Hopkins, Lightnin' - Shootin' Fire (CD) CD 1
01 Born in the Bottom Lightnin' Hopkins
02 Rainy Day in Houston Lightnin' Hopkins
03 A Man Like Me Is Hard to Find Lightnin' Hopkins
04 Got a Letter This Morning Lightnin' Hopkins
05 Moving On Out Lightnin' Hopkins
06 Shinin' Moon Lightnin' Hopkins
07 Feel Like Ballin' the Jack Lightnin' Hopkins
08 Stinking Foot Lightnin' Hopkins
09 December 7, 1941 Lightnin' Hopkins
10 My Baby Ain't Got No Shoes Lightnin' Hopkins
11 My Baby Was Crying for Bread Lightnin' Hopkins
12 My Little Darling Lightnin' Hopkins
13 Battle Hymn of the Republic Go Ahead
14 Shake That Thing Lightnin' Hopkins
15 Mistrust My Baby and She Mistrust Me Lightnin' Hopkins
16 Moving on Out When the Saints March In Lightnin' Hopkins
17 Old House Torn Down Lightnin' Hopkins
18 Baby Please Don't do Me Wrong Lightnin' Hopkins
19 Good as Old Time Religion Lightnin' Hopkins
20 I'm Shootin' Fire Lightnin' Hopkins
Lightnin' Hopkins Lightnin' Hopkins is many people's idea of what a blues-singer should be... more
"Lightnin' Hopkins"

Lightnin' Hopkins

Lightnin' Hopkins is many people's idea of what a blues-singer should be : an endlessly inventive folk-poet, whose imagination is touched by almost everything but whose sing-ing and playing express nothing but the blues. And this, despite nearly 30 years of performing and recording, and all the pressures that might have made him something else, he unswervingly has been. But he has not, outside his own com-munity, been very obviously influential on either American or British rock; his blues, sung by others, are not self-sustaining, as many of the Chicagoans' are.

 

His early recordings, in the Forties and Fifties, were characterised by thunderous amplification - as any number of reissues demonstrate - but his first ventures into a different market, with acoustic guitar, compensate in subtlety for what they lose in force (e.g. the Folkways and some Bluesville albums). Later sessions placed him with accompanying groups, rarely successfully, though his album for Jewel is an exception.

Through all these records he balances slow blues with vivid boogies, occasionally leaving his guitar to essay an idiosyncratic piano style. Born in Centerville, Texas, in 1912, he spent most of his life in Houston, and his refusal to extract himself from that milieu is the chief reason for his undiminished authenticity as an observer, through the blues, of black life.

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Tracklist
Hopkins, Lightnin' - Shootin' Fire (CD) CD 1
01 Born in the Bottom
02 Rainy Day in Houston
03 A Man Like Me Is Hard to Find
04 Got a Letter This Morning
05 Moving On Out
06 Shinin' Moon
07 Feel Like Ballin' the Jack
08 Stinking Foot
09 December 7, 1941
10 My Baby Ain't Got No Shoes
11 My Baby Was Crying for Bread
12 My Little Darling
13 Battle Hymn of the Republic
14 Shake That Thing
15 Mistrust My Baby and She Mistrust Me
16 Moving on Out When the Saints March In
17 Old House Torn Down
18 Baby Please Don't do Me Wrong
19 Good as Old Time Religion
20 I'm Shootin' Fire