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Lightnin' HopkinsVinyl
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Sam Lightnin' Hopkins was born in Centerville, Texas, March 15th, 1912. When he was around 10 years old, Lightnin' met Blind Lemon Jefferson (one of the most popular blues performers of that era). This encounter was to have a profound effect on Hopkins. He lived the life of a bluesman, even serving time on a Texas road gang in the late ?30s. His first recording was made November 4th, ... Read more in Amazon's Lightnin' Hopkins Store

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  • Vinyl (May 25, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Doxy
  • ASIN: B003L8GPDE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #953,963 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues 101 September 30, 2003
Format:Audio CD
First of all, Lightnin' is the man. Now that we've established that, lets go on to this particular album. ANY Lightnin' album is 5 stars compared to most other things, but this one is really cool. Lightnin' is just messing around here, playing for some folky geek who brought a tape recorder over to his house, but listen to what he plays! This is the blues itself concentrated and fermented and stripped down to its most essential, most direct, most powerful phrases. Sure, its Lightnin's blues, but this is pretty much what its ALL about, blues, rock and roll, jazz, R&B, this is the roots of it all, right here. So why build all that other stuff onto it? Why go digital, why add effects, why even use a studio for heaven's sake? This is 10 times better and 10 times simpler than all man, one guitar, an ocean of inspiration!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Country Blues Texas Style July 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is a good example and sample of Lightnin' Hopkins. My guitar teacher uses it to teach me acoustic blues in the free form style that is not a strict 12 bar form. A strong shuffle pattern with free form blues runs predominate.

You will hear some of this in Stevie Ray Vaughn's music.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars blues you can see, not just feel January 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Hopkins is usually referred to as the epitome of Texas blues, and without having listened to any of his contemporaries in this regard, I can still see why he is labeled as such. This album has tracks with dark, bold sounds and a delivery unlike Delta bluesmen that put you out on the desolate back country or in the hard work place. Coupled with the words, your mind is focused on the most basic and essential traits of life for a black man in the hard living conditions of Texas, and the raw emotion evoked by these circumstances. In an interesting contrast, some of his songs have a very lighthearted feel to them, but the lyrics mention nothing reminiscent of high life, thereby emphasizing the emptiness of Hopkins' "thesis of blues", for lack of a better phrase.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD....Lightnin at his best. January 3, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Had this on an old album......wanted it on cd...just what i was looking for.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love you Lightnin!!! May 25, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love all of his stuff, I have about five CD's worth. He's so raw, natural and pure. I just can't put into words how much I love his material, he just floors it and lets fly, always something new to catch in one of his songs. He's so inspiring to me as a guitarplayer!

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