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listen  1. Let's Go Sit On The LawnLightnin' Hopkins 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. I'm Taking A Devil Of A ChanceLightnin' Hopkins 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. I Got TiredLightnin' Hopkins 4:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. I Asked The BossmanLightnin' Hopkins 6:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Just A Wristwatch On My ArmLightnin' Hopkins 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. I Woke Up This MorningLightnin' Hopkins 5:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. I Was Standing On 75 HighwayLightnin' Hopkins 5:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. I'm Going To Build Me A Heaven Of My OwnLightnin' Hopkins 5:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. My BabeLightnin' Hopkins 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Too Many DriversLightnin' Hopkins 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. I'm A Crawling Black SnakeSam "Lightnin'" Hopkins 4:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Rocky Mountain BluesLightnin' Hopkins 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. I Mean GoodbyeLightnin' Hopkins 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. The Howling WolfLightnin' Hopkins 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Black Ghost BluesLightnin' Hopkins 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Darling, Do You Remember Me?Lightnin' Hopkins 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Lonesome GraveyardLightnin' Hopkins 5:29$0.99  Buy MP3 

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 12, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fantasy
  • ASIN: B000000XEZ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,428 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Anyone who finds the mammoth Hopkins box too overwhelming is advised to turn to this single-disc compression of two May 1964 recordings, Down Home Blues and Soul Blues. Assisted at times by a metronomic drummer and bassist, Hopkins is the antithesis of rusty relics fawned over by folkies of the time. He sings of autobiographical concerns in a steady, low-key manner, and his guitar is continuously lucent and alert. See also Otis Spann/Lightnin' Hopkins -- © Frank John Hadley 1993 -- From Grove Press Guide to Blues on CD

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This record is one of his best.
Merlini Jean
The sound is very clear and showcases his incredible dynamics, going from fast & intense to whisper quiet.
K. Lahti
Great collection of an under-celebrated blues man.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By cs on March 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I own about a dozen lightnin albums--this is my favorite, both because of the number of tracks but the quality of lightnin's improvisation. He is subtly backed, still allowing his own lyrical, distinctly 'texan' sound to shine through.
Both boogies and ballads give this disc a comprehensive sampling of lightnin's style and subject. Whether he sings of women, god, gambling, travelling, or death, his music is harrowing.
The liner notes are quite good, also. Check out "I'm Gonna Build Me a Heaven of My Own" and "Lonsome Graveyard." Two of his best songs ever recorded. Whether he sounds transcendental or satiric, lightnin is the king of texas blues. Buy this disc immediately.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Lahti on August 2, 2008
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This is a lotta Lightnin', a compilation of 2 albums recorded in 1964, with a running time of 76 minutes. I have been a fan of Lightnin' Hopkins for 40 years and have many of his recordings. The first 7 songs are are from the album Down Home Blues, which in my opinion is Lightnin's finest work ever. These cuts are really well recorded and showcase Lightnin' at his laid back best. The sound is very clear and showcases his incredible dynamics, going from fast & intense to whisper quiet. His stories and vocal inflections are just so right-on; my neck hairs still stand up when I hear it, 40 years after hearing it for the first time. His guitar playing is a treasure, going from rhythmic boogie to chilling single notes, with the best of his signature flourishes and flurries. Standing on 75 Highway and other slower songs have a heart rending intensity. This is the real deal!! Blues does not get any better than these 7 cuts!!
Cuts 8-17 are from the Soul Blues record. Though these cuts lack the absolute magic of the first 7, they are still fine Lightnin'. Some of these (My Babe, for example) show off some of his flashier guitar work and show that he was one of the all time great blues guitarists and a foremost proponent of the Texas style. Some great story songs here too.
If you are new to the blues, this CD will be a fine introduction. If you are a seasoned blues fan and collector, you would be remiss not to have this one! I could listen to just those first 7 songs for days!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Pyron on August 13, 2011
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Big fan here...earlier CD's raw and energetic. This work studio smooth plus a new guitar that is actually in tune. Very clean sound from this old bluesman. Really glad I added it to my "Lightning" collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Merlini Jean on March 19, 2009
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If you want to discover the blues, Lightin' Hopkins is the man.
His playing is soulful and warm, with a great sound.
This record is one of his best.
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