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Lightnin' Hopkins Very Best Of (2-CD)

Very Best Of (2-CD)
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Lightnin' Hopkins: Very Best Of (2-CD)

(1960-69) (158:45/38)

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Hopkins, Lightnin' - Very Best Of (2-CD) CD 1
01 Mojo Hand
02 Have You Ever Loved A Woman
03 Trouble In Mind
04 Katie Mae
05 See See Rider
06 Mama And Papa Hopkins
07 Backwater Blues
08 My Black Cadillac
09 Stool Pigeon Blues
10 Ain't Nothin' Like Whiskey
11 Peniteniary Blues
12 Blues For Gamblers
13 Wimmin From Coast To Coast
14 Shaggy Dad
15 What'd I Say
16 Mr. Dillard's Store
17 Goin' Back Home
18 Found My Baby Crying
19 Move On Out Pt.1
20 Back Door Friend
21 Fishing Clothes
22 Morning Blues
23 Evil Hearted Woman
24 Vietnam Wars Pt.1&2
25 Last Affair
26 Lovin' Arms
27 Rock Me Mama
28 Ride In Your New Automobile
29 Lightnin' Strikes One More Time
30 Wig Wearing Woman
31 Lonesome Dog Blues
32 West Texas Blues
33 Mr. Charlie
34 Got Her Letter This Morning
35 Mighty Crazy
36 Little School Girl
37 Last Affair
38 Y'All Excuse Me
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.

Electric Blues 1939-2005. - The Definitive Collection!


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