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Lightnin' Hopkins - Double Blues (1989) [Recorded in 1964]

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Lightnin' Hopkins - Double Blues (1989) [Recorded in 1964]

Lightnin' Hopkins - Double Blues (1989) Recorded in 1964
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 333 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb | Scans ~ 95 Mb
Texas Blues | Label: Fantasy Records | # FCD-24702-2 | Time: 01:15:59

Lightnin' Hopkins' plaintive, soft-rolling blues style is exemplified on "Let's Go Sit on the Lawn," "Just a Wristwatch on My Arm," "I'm a Crawling Black Snake," Willie Dixon's "My Babe," and others. Accompanied only by himself on guitar (and oh what a guitar he plays), Leonard Gaskin (bass), and Herb Lovelle (drums), Hopkins' seductive, intricate guitar picks and strums will dance around in your head long after this CD has played. His voice, which sounds like it's aged in Camels and Jim Beam, conveys his heartfelt sagas to the fullest. A prolific songwriter, Hopkins wrote every song except the Dixon tune.

Lightnin' Hopkins - Goin' Away (1963) Remastered 1990

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Lightnin' Hopkins - Goin' Away (1963) Remastered 1990

Lightnin' Hopkins - Goin' Away (1963) Remastered 1990
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 177 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 80 Mb | Scans ~ 88 Mb
Acoustic Texas Blues | Label: Prestige Bluesville | # 00025218052221 | Time: 00:35:10

For the 1963 album Goin' Away, Lightnin' Hopkins was backed by a spare rhythm section – bassist Leonard Gaskin and drummer Herb Lovelle – who managed to follow his ramshackle, instinctual sense of rhythm quite dexterously, giving Hopkins' skeletal guitar playing some muscle. Still, the spotlight remains Hopkins, who is in fine form here. There are no real classics here, but everything is solid, particularly "Stranger Here" and "You Better Stop Her," making it worth investigation by serious fans of Hopkins' classic material.

VA - Newport Folk Festival: Best Of The Blues 1959-68 (2001) 3CD Set

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VA - Newport Folk Festival: Best Of The Blues 1959-68 (2001) 3CD Set

VA - Newport Folk Festival: Best Of The Blues 1959-68 (2001) 3CD Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 874 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 395 Mb | Scans ~ 35 Mb | 02:52:09
Acoustic Blues, Delta Blues, Country Blues, Folk-Blues | Label: Vanguard | # 193/95-2

This three-CD set documents some historic country-blues performances by the likes of Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James, Bukka White, Mississippi Fred McDowell and Mance Lipscomb. The urban side of things is well represented by Lightnin’ Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Memphis Slim, Muddy Waters with Otis Spann, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and The Chambers Brothers turning in a riveting rendition of “See See Rider.” Included here are 11 previously unreleased tracks. A must for acoustic-blues fans.

VA - Let The Good Times Roll: The Aladdin Story (2012) 2CDs

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VA - Let The Good Times Roll: The Aladdin Story (2012) 2CDs

VA - Let The Good Times Roll: The Aladdin Story (2012) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 488 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 283 Mb
Label: One Day Music | # DAY2CD180 | Time: 02:03:46 | Scans ~ 42 Mb
Genre: Rhythm & Blues, Doo Wop, Jump Blues, Rock & Roll

Aladdin Records, based in Los Angeles, was a very influential label in American music history. This is not the full story of Aladdin Records but it's a very good sampler of the label's output from 1947-1961. It's 50 tracks, 25 tracks on each of the 2CDs in the set, of very good R&B from the period. Each CD is about 60 minutes playing time. The sound is good for recordings of this era. Amos Milburn, Lightnin' Hopkins, Lowell Fulson, Louis Jordan, Charles Brown, Billie Holiday, Shirley & Lee, Gene & Eunic, Bobby Wall, Thurston Harris, The Velvetones and many more.

Lightnin' Hopkins - King Of Dowling Street (2021)

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Lightnin' Hopkins - King Of Dowling Street (2021)

Lightnin' Hopkins - King Of Dowling Street (2021)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 954 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 505 Mb | 03:38:51
Blues | Label: Sunset Blvd Records

57 Tracks/20 Never before on CD/12 Previously unreleased performances. Remastered from Analog tapes. Texas bluesman Lightnin’ Hopkins career was both long and fruitful. He performed live for six decades and recorded for over 30 years amassing a catalogue that was larger than almost any of his contemporaries. Not only was he prolific but he was also a great raconteur and a very good live performer with an ‘act’ honed to perfection at pre-war dances and parties. His guitar playing was unconventional, some have even called it ragged, but it is not as a guitarist that he will be remembered. Somehow the way he set his songs seemed totally apposite and it gave everything he did an authenticity that few others were ever able to match.

VA - The RPM Blues Story (2014) 2CDs

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VA - The RPM Blues Story (2014) 2CDs

VA - The RPM Blues Story (2014) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 603 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 320 Mb | Scans included
Blues, Rhythm & Blues | Label: One Day Music | # DAY2CD222 | Time: 02:06:41

RPM was a hip and happening label formed in LA, and was one of the several subsidiary labels of Modern Records who were the forerunner of ryhthm and blues. RPM quickly became associated with its biggest name, BB King, and then followed with names such as Lightnin' Hopkins, Howlin' Wolf and Willie Nix. The label was short-lived but this compilation catches RPM in its satisfying prime. This 2 CD set contains 40 original recordings from the RPM Records label, including titles from B.B. King, Lightnin' Hopkins, Johnny 'Guitar' Watson and many more. All tracks have been digitally remastered for optimum listening quality.

Lightnin' Hopkins - Blues In My Bottle (1961) [Reissue 1990]

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Lightnin' Hopkins - Blues In My Bottle (1961) [Reissue 1990]

Lightnin' Hopkins - Blues In My Bottle (1961) [Reissue 1990]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 194 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 94 MB | Covers - 6 MB
Genre: Blues, Texas Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: OBC/Prestige/Bluesville Records (00025218050623)

The late, great Lightnin' Hopkins was one of the most natural of bluesmen, a poet who would often make up lyrics as he recorded. He was at his best when unaccompanied, as on this Prestige date recorded in 1961. Though he usually played electric guitar, the Texas blues titan performed on this release with an acoustic, and the result is most rewarding. Tunes include "Goin' to Dallas to See My Pony Run" and "Buddy Brown's Blues."

Lightnin' Hopkins - It's A Sin To Be Rich [Recorded 1972] (1992)

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Lightnin' Hopkins - It's A Sin To Be Rich [Recorded 1972] (1992)

Lightnin' Hopkins - It's A Sin To Be Rich [Recorded 1972] (1992)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 298 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 118 MB | Covers - 74 MB
Genre: Blues, Texas Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Polydor/PolyGram (517 514-2)

This recording brings to life "lost" sessions recorded spontaneously over a few hours in a L.A. studio in 1972. It's loose, shambolic, and thoroughly authentic. You can all but smell the stale smoke hovering in the air. Hopkins' guitar moans lazily as he banters with buddy John Lee Hooker, then spits out some surprisingly biting slide work. A historic document of the genre.

Lightnin' Hopkins - Rockin at Herald (1960) [Reissue 2008]

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Lightnin' Hopkins - Rockin at Herald (1960) [Reissue 2008]

Lightnin' Hopkins - Rockin at Herald (1960) [Reissue 2008]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 324 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 161 MB | Covers - 31 MB
Genre: Blues, Texas Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Acrobat (ACMCD 4332)

The rockingest sessions ever recorded by bluesmaster Lightnin' Hopkins. These sessions cut in Houston in 1954 and released on the New York-based Herald label feature a hard driving backbeat and an almost rockabilly feel on the faster tempo numbers. These were amongs the last sessions that Hopkins made fot the R&B jukebox market before embracing the college-based folk circuit in the late fifties. 12 of these tracks were released on an LP in 1960 aimed at the folk audience. That album is now one of the rerest blues collectables. It's all here along with every other title he recorded for Herald; roll back the carpet and put on your dancing shoes, this is no folk-blues session.

Lightnin' Hopkins - Lightnin' Strikes Twice [Recorded 1967-1968] (2005)

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Lightnin' Hopkins - Lightnin' Strikes Twice [Recorded 1967-1968] (2005)

Lightnin' Hopkins - Lightnin' Strikes Twice [Recorded 1967-1968] (2005)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 676 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 322 MB | Covers - 47 MB
Genre: Blues, Texas Blues, Country Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Little Darlin/KOCH Records (KOC-CD-9850) (DBCD 52)

Aubrey Mayhew, founder of the maverick country label Little Darlin' Records, sought out taciturn bluesman Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins in Houston in 1967 and persuaded him to make some casual field recordings for him at nearby Gold Star Studio and, as it turned out, at two small local bars. The results of these extremely loose and casual sessions were issued as a series of five short albums under the blanket title of The Lost Texas Tapes, and it is those five releases that are collected here into one double-disc set. Intimacy is the operative word for these tracks, as Hopkins (playing solo electric guitar) sounds relaxed and at ease, and while these recordings are hardly the place to start with Lightnin', die-hard fans will find them indispensable for the insight they give into his creative process…

Lightnin' Hopkins - Lightnin' Hopkins (1969) [Reissue 1991]

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Lightnin' Hopkins - Lightnin' Hopkins (1969) [Reissue 1991]

Lightnin' Hopkins - Lightnin' Hopkins (1969) [Reissue 1991]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 213 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 89 MB | Covers - 6 MB
Genre: Blues, Texas Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Tempo (DBCD 52)

This exciting album was recorded on October 4 & 5th, 1965 in Los Angeles. Much of its success must be attributed to a sensitive and imaginative producer, David Hubert. The morning of the 25th found Lightnin' in an excellent mood; as a matter of fact, a number of the bands required only one "take" at the session, most unusual under any conditions. Years ago, Lightnin' recorded with rhythm sections, but never any like the one on this album. Jimmy Bond on bass, and Earl Palmer on drums, laid down a quiet, but bluesy beat that "turned Lightnin' on". Lightnin' himself plays and sings with the vitality of any young artist today. Anyone who digs the blues will be emotionally moved by this album.

Lightnin' Hopkins & Billy Bizor - Wake Up the Dead! [Recorded 1968-1969] (2015)

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Lightnin' Hopkins & Billy Bizor - Wake Up the Dead! [Recorded 1968-1969] (2015)

Lightnin' Hopkins & Billy Bizor - Wake Up the Dead! [Recorded 1968-1969] (2015)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 669 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 352 MB | Covers - 20 MB
Genre: Blues, Texas Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Cicadelic Records (2CD Set-CICD-6869)

Lightnin' Hopkins woke up The Dead when he played San Francisco in the 1960's and his song 'Wake Up The Dead' is the centerpiece of this two and a half hour journey into the electrified world of Texas blues. Accompanying Lightnin' on this journey is his long time harmonica player, Billy Bizor. While Lightnin' had a prolific recording career, Bizor's stature is relatively obscure due to the lack of solo recordings he released during his lifetime. Fortunately, 'Wake Up The Dead' seeks to rectify that situation by including the complete June 17, 1968 session with Lightnin' and Bizor, plus all of Bizors' 1969 solo recordings. As an added bonus, the rest of the April 11,1969 session that could not fit onto Lightnin's 'Shootin Fire' album is included on 'Wake Up The Dead'…

Lightnin' Hopkins with Sonny Terry - Last Night Blues (1961) [Reissue 1992]

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Lightnin' Hopkins with Sonny Terry - Last Night Blues (1961) [Reissue 1992]

Lightnin' Hopkins with Sonny Terry - Last Night Blues (1961) [Reissue 1992]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 215 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 86 MB | Covers - 5 MB
Genre: Blues, Texas Blues, Acoustic Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: OBC/Prestige/Bluesville Records (00025218054829)

Outside of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Lightnin' Hopkins may be Texas's most distinctive and influential blues export. His easy, fluid fingerpicking and witty, extemporaneous storytelling are always a delight, and his performances on Last Night Blues are no exception. The album is spare and acoustic, with Hopkins's voice and guitar accompanied by minimal percussion and Sonny Terry's harmonica. Terry's contributions really add a lot to these tunes, threading a high, lonesome whine on the downtempo tunes and a chugging, propulsive shuffle on the faster ones. Hopkins is, of course, one of the kings of the blues boogie, but he's equally compelling on the slow blues, and he never missteps throughout this fine set. All told, this dynamite disc represents what the blues should be: stripped-down, soulful, and full of truth.

Lightnin' Hopkins - The Sonet Blues Story (1974) [Reissue 2005]

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Lightnin' Hopkins - The Sonet Blues Story (1974) [Reissue 2005]

Lightnin' Hopkins - The Sonet Blues Story (1974) [Reissue 2005]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 267 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 119 MB | Covers - 14 MB
Genre: Blues, Country Blues, Texas Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music (0602498692585)

Lightnin' Hopkins recorded so often and for so many labels that it's easy to get lost in it all, and there is virtually no such thing as the perfect Hopkins album. He did his thing each time out, whether acoustic or electric, solo or with a band, half improvising his lyrics over a small assortment of different blues shuffles, shifting chords and gears seemingly at whim (which made him frequently difficult to accompany, even for the sharpest session player). His tough, Texas take on the country blues, though, and his penchant for off the wall themes and lyrics, made Hopkins an utterly unique bluesman, and if he seems to be pulling the same rabbit out of the same hat time and time again, he somehow managed to make it seem like a new trick each time. This extremely loose set was recorded in Houston in 1974 and was originally released as part of Samuel Charters' Legacy of the Blues series that same year…

Lightnin' Hopkins - Blues Masters: The Very Best of Lightnin' Hopkins (2000)

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Lightnin' Hopkins - Blues Masters: The Very Best of Lightnin' Hopkins (2000)

Lightnin' Hopkins - Blues Masters: The Very Best of Lightnin' Hopkins (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 217 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb | Scans ~ 39 Mb | 00:53:45
Texas Blues, Electric Blues, Folk-Blues, Country Blues | Label: Rhino | # 81227-9860-2

Pruning 16 tracks from Hopkins' extensive catalog for a best-of meant that some hard choices had to be made. The ones Rhino came up with won't satisfy everyone, but the label did take the correct road by sticking exclusively to the earliest part of his career, 1947-61. Perhaps the decision will offend some fans who feel that his 1960s and '70s work should be represented, but two things should be acknowledged. First, Hopkins, as is the case with most artists, did his most interesting recordings in the earlier part of his career. Second, as is the case with many blues artists, he did not vary his approach substantially throughout the decades. So what you have is a good assortment of his first 15 years on disc, taken from about ten labels, including both originals and covers, and placing the singer/guitarist in various instrumental contexts: with a full electric band (Sonny Terry is on a couple of 1961 cuts), as a solo guitarist, or accompanied by nothing more than a bass or additional guitarist. It's a good deal for those who want only one Hopkins disc, and for those who want a best-of that's more extensive, there's Rhino's own two-disc anthology, Mojo Hand.