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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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Smokes Like Lightning (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Lightnin' Hopkins: Smokes Like Lightning (LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPMEN910

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(4 Men With Beards) 9 tracks Originally released on Bluesville in 1963 and recorded in 1962, "Smokes Like Lightning" features a Hopkins solo on guitar and vocals. Includes a new recording of "T Model Blues" and "Let's Do The Susie-Q"....
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Double Blues (CD)
Lightnin' Hopkins: Double Blues (CD) Art-Nr.: CD135429

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(Ace Records) 16 tracks
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Lightnin' And The Blues (LP,180g Vinyl)
Lightnin' Hopkins: Lightnin' And The Blues (LP,180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPBE6175

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(Be! Sharp) 12 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1960 'Herald' LP album! Comes in a thick cardborad sleeve One day the phone rang - a collect call from Texas. The voice on the other end belonged to Sam 'Lightnin' Hopkins. 'Man, I wrote a...
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Thinkin' And Worryin' - The Aladdin Singles 1947-1952 (CD)
Lightnin' Hopkins: Thinkin' And Worryin' - The Aladdin Singles... Art-Nr.: CDJAS3085

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(2016/Jasmine) 26 Tracks - Aladdin recordings 1947-1952! Lightnin' Hopkins was one of the greatest and most popular authentic blues artists. These 26 titles comprise the first 13 singles released by Lightnin' Hopkins between 1947 and...
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Rarites & Gems (2-CD)
Lightnin' Hopkins: Rarites & Gems (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD061979

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(2013/Fuel 2000) 45 tracks.
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