Blues Masters: The Very Best of Lightnin' Hopkins

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/15/2000
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227986025
  • Catalog Number: 79860
  • Sales rank: 54,627

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lightnin' Hopkins Primary Artist
Leonard Gaskin Bass
Donald Cooks Bass
Belton Evans Drums
Joel Hopkins Guitar
Thunder Smith Piano
Sonny Terry Harmonica, Vocals
Technical Credits
John Lee Hooker Composer
Charlie Musselwhite Liner Notes
Sam Hopkins Composer
James Austin Producer
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Bob Fisher Remastering
Lightnin' Hopkins Composer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
David Ritz Liner Notes
Steve Woolard Annotation
Shawn Amos Editorial Coordinator
Daniel Goldmark Editorial Research
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