From Hell To Gone and Back (Texas Blues)

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
From Hell to Gone and Back: Texas Blues seems like an apt expression for a collection of blues songs from Mance Lipscomb, Lightnin' Hopkins, Big Mama Thornton, Pee Wee Crayton, and Lee Roy Parnell. A mixture of live and studio, issued and unissued tracks, the material stretches from the Newport Folk Festival in 1964 to the four walls of a recording facility in 2001. While the connection between these artists, and the eras they recorded in, may seem disparate on the surface, each has been baptized in the deep waters of Texas blues. Lipscomb kicks off the album with fine acoustic work on three originals, "Freddie," "So Different Blues," and "God Moves on the Water." ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
From Hell to Gone and Back: Texas Blues seems like an apt expression for a collection of blues songs from Mance Lipscomb, Lightnin' Hopkins, Big Mama Thornton, Pee Wee Crayton, and Lee Roy Parnell. A mixture of live and studio, issued and unissued tracks, the material stretches from the Newport Folk Festival in 1964 to the four walls of a recording facility in 2001. While the connection between these artists, and the eras they recorded in, may seem disparate on the surface, each has been baptized in the deep waters of Texas blues. Lipscomb kicks off the album with fine acoustic work on three originals, "Freddie," "So Different Blues," and "God Moves on the Water." His quiet vocals and tasteful slide prepare the way for Hopkins' more modern sound. Hopkins is in fine form on "Baby Please Don't Go" and "Shake That Thing," spinning out sharp guitar lines to bolster his idiosyncratic vocal delivery. Unreleased versions of "Mojo Hand" and "Where Can I Find My Baby" also appear here. The highlight of this collection arrives at exactly the midpoint, with Big Mama Thornton offering live takes of "Ball and Chain," "Hound Dog," and "Rock Me Baby." Recorded live at two different prisons, the material is boosted by a bluesy, rocking band, featuring electric guitar, piano, and sax. A seven-minute version of "Ball and Chain" will remind anyone who doesn't already know where Janis Joplin got part of her inspiration. Both Crayton and Parnell also deliver fine sets, bringing the album to a close on a rousing note. At nearly 75 minutes, From Hell to Gone and Back is a fine collection of classic and contemporary Texas blues artists.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/9/2002
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707970426
  • Catalog Number: 79704
  • Sales rank: 302,629

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Freddie - Mance Lipscomb (1:53)
  2. 2 So Different Blues - Mance Lipscomb (2:32)
  3. 3 God Moves on the Water - Mance Lipscomb (2:36)
  4. 4 Baby Please Don't Go - Lightnin' Hopkins (2:42)
  5. 5 Shake That Thing - Lightnin' Hopkins (1:31)
  6. 6 Mojo Hand - Lightnin' Hopkins (3:19)
  7. 7 Where Can I Find My Baby - Lightnin' Hopkins (3:08)
  8. 8 Ball and Chain - Big Mama Thornton (6:56)
  9. 9 Hound Dog - Big Mama Thornton (2:54)
  10. 10 Rock Me Baby - Big Mama Thornton (6:51)
  11. 11 Mr. Cool - Big Mama Thornton (7:44)
  12. 12 Things I Used to Do - Pee Wee Crayton (5:03)
  13. 13 Let the Good Times Roll - Pee Wee Crayton (2:52)
  14. 14 Blues After Hours - Pee Wee Crayton (3:41)
  15. 15 But on the Other Hand Baby - Pee Wee Crayton (4:10)
  16. 16 Crossing Over - Lee Roy Parnell (5:36)
  17. 17 Breaking Down Slow - Lee Roy Parnell (4:21)
  18. 18 Right Where It Hurts - Lee Roy Parnell (6:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pee Wee Crayton Guitar, Vocals
Mance Lipscomb Track Performer
Big Mama Thornton Vocals
Lee Roy Parnell Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Bonnie Bramlett Vocals
Robert Bailey Background Vocals
Ben Brown Bass
Cornell Dupree Guitar
Paul Griffin Keyboards
Vicki Hampton Background Vocals
Lightnin' Hopkins Track Performer
Jim Horn Horn
Buddy Lucas Tenor Saxophone
Kevin McKendree Piano, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Larry Nash Piano, Electric Piano
Todd Nelson Drums
J.D. Nichols Piano
James Pennebaker Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Bill Potter Tenor Saxophone
Tom Roady Percussion
Bruce Sieverson Bass
George "Harmonica" Smith Harmonica
Steve Wachman Guitar
Lynn Williams Drums
Jimmy Johnson Jr. Drums
Robert L. Dupee Drums
B. Huston Guitar
Wilbur Bascomb Jr. Bass
Mark Jordan Hammond Organ
Steve Herman Horn
Rob Roy Parnell Harmonica
Steve Mackey Electric Bass
Technical Credits
Lee Roy Parnell Producer
Ed Bland Producer
Lightnin' Hopkins Composer
John Kunz Producer
Joe Nick Patoski Liner Notes
Sue Meyer Illustrations
General Hog Wyler Producer
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