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Country Blues

4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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1.See See Rider 2.Bluebird Bluebird 3.Til The Gin Gets Here 4.Bunion Stew 5.Baby! 6.Worrying My Mind 7.You Got To Work To Get Your Pay 8.Prison Blues Come Down On Me 9.Go Down Old Hannah 10.Long Gone Like A Turkey Through The Corn 11.Hear My Black Dog Bark 12.Long Time 13.Gonna Pull A Party 14.Rainy Day Blues 15.Backwater Blues (this Mean Old Twister)

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The famous bluesman's stellar recordings for Tradition epitomized Lightnin's spare "country blues" which was in contrast to the brash and bold Chicago blues so commercially appealing at the time. Lightnin' started his career singing on Houston's street corners for change and drink and his best performances are those intimate concerts. Lightnin's first two albums for Tradition (AUTOBIGRAPHY IN BLUES and COUNTRY BLUES) were just that--down and dirty, out and out blues, honest and true--perfect documents of Lightnin's style, songs and performance. Country Blues showcases Hopkins in his element, vividly coloring in the standards and originals with emotion, energy, longing, and wiry wit. Standards like the uptempo "See See Rider" and the slow bottomless "Backwater Blues" are made his own. As well, Country Blues is full of love--all the blue shades of love--the lost love in the moanful "Baby," the betrayal of love in the pondering "Hear My Black Dog Bark," and the love left behind (just in time) in the breathless "Long Gone." Those who came later to the life of the blues were deeply influenced by Lightnin'. The Tradition reissue of this album includes the original comprehensive liner notes by Producer Mack McCormick. The mastertapes were sonically cleansed and digitally remastered for this release.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 6, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: 1960
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tradition Records
  • ASIN: B0000058Q2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,877 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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 that...one man, one guitar, an ocean of inspiration!
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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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Had this on an old album......wanted it on cd...just what i was looking for.
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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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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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