Hello Central: The Best of Lightnin' Hopkins

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Before blues punters react with understandable suspicion regarding this Sony Legacy best-of -- especially since Lightnin' Hopkins never recorded for Columbia or any of its subsidiaries -- they should take a long gander at the sleeve notes. The 20 sides collected here, all recorded in either 1950 or 1951, were first issued as juke singles for Bob Shad's Sittin' In With label and its Jax subsidiary, and later compiled on albums issued by Mainstream with titles like Sittin' In With, Dirty Blues, and so on. In addition there are two bona fide hits here, "Gotta Move" and "Buck Dance Boogie." These sides represent one of the most fertile creative periods for Hopkins, who either ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Before blues punters react with understandable suspicion regarding this Sony Legacy best-of -- especially since Lightnin' Hopkins never recorded for Columbia or any of its subsidiaries -- they should take a long gander at the sleeve notes. The 20 sides collected here, all recorded in either 1950 or 1951, were first issued as juke singles for Bob Shad's Sittin' In With label and its Jax subsidiary, and later compiled on albums issued by Mainstream with titles like Sittin' In With, Dirty Blues, and so on. In addition there are two bona fide hits here, "Gotta Move" and "Buck Dance Boogie." These sides represent one of the most fertile creative periods for Hopkins, who either plays solo or with bassist Donald Cooks. They sting and stroll and ring and roll and have the identity stamp of Texas blues all over them. It's an awesome collection, much of which sees the light of day on CD for the first time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972379821
  • Catalog Number: 723798
  • Sales rank: 27,195

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lightnin' Hopkins Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Tap Dance
Donald Cooks Bass
Connie Kroll Drums
Technical Credits
David Daoud Coleman Art Direction
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Bob Shad Producer, Audio Production
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Robert Ellen Composer
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