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Lightnin Hopkins

Lightnin' HopkinsAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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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 (July 13, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • ASIN: B000001DGX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,692 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Penitentiary Blues
2. Bad Luck And Trouble
3. Come Go Home With Me
4. Trouble Stay 'Way From My Door
5. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
6. Goin' Back To Florida
7. Reminiscenses Of Blind Lemon
8. Fan It
9. Tell Me, Baby
10. She's Mine

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Lightnin' April 22, 2000
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This magnificent recording is in my top five blues albums of all time. That's saying something. While it is not necessarily the most representative Lightnin' Hopkins, it might be the best. Here is Lightnin' bursting with energy after having vanished from the recording scene for four years, and the emotional, joyful, painful, gorgeously human blues he gives vent to are staggering to hear. Just Lightnin', close-miked in a hotel room, playing from his soul, with no clue that he was igniting his career anew with this album. Sound is outstanding, songs are less personal than usual for him (many are traditional) but absolutely riveting. Buy this and look into the soul of country blues. Buy it, and smile.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lightnin' Strikes ! October 1, 2003
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This is a marvellous CD--no-frills, honest, straight-from-the-heart acoustic blues from a true master. I actually felt as if I were in the same room with this legendary artist.
I'm not sure where the dividing line is between blues and folk--in the case of Lightnin' Hopkins maybe there isn't one. This is surely American music at its purest, undistilled best !
No more hype--if you want to add a very special disc to your collection, look no further.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lightnin at his best November 27, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This is just lightin and his acoustic guitar recorded in a hotel room, just before the 60's blues revival.This is my personal favorite of lightin, better than any other compilation. If you have seen any video of lightin performing live, maybe you wondered why he wasnt captured like that on record. Well, listen to this one, its a great live performance, with lightnin taking all the decisions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins May 19, 2010
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Did you ever have one album by one artist change your life? It happened to me and it was Lightnin' Hopkins.

Back in 1962 I was listening to pop like Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydell and one day my sister Anne hands me an album and says, more or less, "you should listen to this. you might like it." It was Lightnin, came out on Folkways, and it had been recorded by Sam Charters in Lightnin's rooming house, in the kitchen on January 15, 1959. He was drinking gin out of the bottle cap, playing his guitar and singing music that I'd never heard the like of. The first cut was Penitentiary Blues.

Well. That album changed my life and started a lifelong interest in the blues. About the first thing I did when I grabbed Anne's classic guitar that she'd gotten for King Korn stamps was to try and figure out how he'd done it.

The cool thing is, you can still buy this album on Amazon and you can listen to some snippets. Imagine this 12 year old white kid from New Jersey hearing this for the first time.
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