Lightning Special, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Most JSP box sets are comprehensive chronological core samples taken from the recording careers of great jazz, blues and country musicians. Some may find JSP's Lightning Special, Vol. 2, subtitled "Volume Two of the Collected Works," to be uncharacteristically difficult to navigate. Chronologically scrambled, this four-CD set also contains so many recordings by other musicians that Hopkins gets pushed aside, as it were, half way through his own retrospective. Yes, this is a wonderful grab bag of Texas blues recordings cut during the eventful years between 1946 and 1956, but Hopkins only appears on 62 out of 106 tracks. Yes, it is exciting to hear so many vintage postwar ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Most JSP box sets are comprehensive chronological core samples taken from the recording careers of great jazz, blues and country musicians. Some may find JSP's Lightning Special, Vol. 2, subtitled "Volume Two of the Collected Works," to be uncharacteristically difficult to navigate. Chronologically scrambled, this four-CD set also contains so many recordings by other musicians that Hopkins gets pushed aside, as it were, half way through his own retrospective. Yes, this is a wonderful grab bag of Texas blues recordings cut during the eventful years between 1946 and 1956, but Hopkins only appears on 62 out of 106 tracks. Yes, it is exciting to hear so many vintage postwar blues performances by the friends and contemporaries of Hopkins, including Manny Nichols, Lil' Son Jackson, J.D. Edwards, Soldier Boy Houston, Ernest Lewis and Frankie Lee Sims, but with so many guests on board the collection really should have been titled "Lightnin' Slim and His Buddies." The jumbled chronology seems most alarming as Hopkins' very first recordings -- waxed in Los Angeles on November 9, 1946 with pianist Thunder Smith -- show up halfway through Disc C in this second volume of Lightning Special! The inclusion of three rare sides by Thunder Smith without Hopkins is highly commendable, and the music throughout the collection is outstanding. Yet anyone seeking to cultivate an understanding of the man's recorded legacy might well find this sequentially convoluted anthology to be confusing and disorganized. During this time period, Hopkins' records were issued on a bewildering variety of labels, including Aladdin, Gold Star, Score, RPM, Specialty, Sittin' In With, Jax, Modern, Crown, Kent, United and Heritage. Is JSP's approach an attempt to transcend the particulars and go for the heart of the legacy? Maybe the whole point of this volume in the ongoing Lightnin' Hopkins retrospective is to ignore the details, kick back and enjoy the man's amazing artistry -- sort of a Southwestern parallel to that of John Lee Hooker -- and allow his music to be placed into context alongside 44 performances by his chums and competitors. Given the amount of uncommon material included herein, as well as the golden opportunity to study the back alleys of postwar Texas blues, this set is well worth latching onto. But the best way to follow the career of Lightnin' Hopkins, session by session from the very beginning, is still via the superbly researched and carefully presented Classics Chronological Blues and Rhythm Series. Compared to that impressive edifice, JSP's Lightning Special, Vol. 2 seems well-intentioned but confusingly presented, and in this case misleadingly titled.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065779023
  • Catalog Number: 7790
  • Sales rank: 119,144

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 What Kind of Heart Have You (3:09)
  2. 2 Mad as I Can Be (3:13)
  3. 3 Ain't It a Shame (2:53)
  4. 4 Crazy 'Bout My Baby (2:47)
  5. 5 What's the Matter Now (2:32)
  6. 6 My Mama Told Me (2:52)
  7. 7 Highway Blues (2:31)
  8. 8 I'm Wild About You Baby (2:46)
  9. 9 Bad Things on My Mind (2:46)
  10. 10 The War Is Over (3:06)
  11. 11 Policy Game (2:58)
  12. 12 Merry Christmas (2:38)
  13. 13 Happy New Year (3:16)
  14. 14 Cemetery Blues (3:09)
  15. 15 I Love You Baby (2:30)
  16. 16 Shine on Moon (2:41)
  17. 17 Lightnin's Boogie (2:34)
  18. 18 Lonesome in Your Home (2:44)
  19. 19 Remember Me (2:40)
  20. 20 Sittin' Down Thinkin' (2:44)
  21. 21 Lightnin's Special (2:24)
  22. 22 Please Don't Go Baby (2:44)
  23. 23 Don't Think 'Cause You're Pretty (2:39)
  24. 24 Life I Used to Live (2:48)
  25. 25 Grandma's Boogie (2:37)
  26. 26 My Baby's Gone (2:45)
  27. 27 Early Mornin' Boogie (2:14)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Moving on out Boogie (2:17)
  2. 2 Sick Feeling Blues (2:14)
  3. 3 Hopkins Sky Hop (2:13)
  4. 4 Evil Hearted Woman (2:45)
  5. 5 Don't Need No Job (2:17)
  6. 6 Blues for My Cookie (2:26)
  7. 7 Had a Gal Called Sal (2:17)
  8. 8 They Wonder Who I Am (2:09)
  9. 9 Nothin' But the Blues (2:22)
  10. 10 That's Alright Baby (2:54)
  11. 11 Finally Met My Baby (2:23)
  12. 12 My Little Kewpie Doll (2:21)
  13. 13 Wonder What Is Wrong with Me (2:20)
  14. 14 Late in the Evening (2:49)
  15. 15 Lightnin' Jump (2:33)
  16. 16 Leavin' Blues (2:26)
  17. 17 Moanin' Blues (2:26)
  18. 18 Walkin' the Streets (2:41)
  19. 19 Mussy Haired Woman (2:55)
  20. 20 Trying, Trying (2:30)
  21. 21 You'll Never Miss the Water (2:36)
  22. 22 Hole in the Wall (2:46)
  23. 23 Boogie All the Time (2:37)
  24. 24 Strike Blues (2:34)
  25. 25 You Can't Take It with You Baby (2:49)
  26. 26 So Sorry (2:42)
  27. 27 The Lazy J (2:50)
  28. 28 Fannie Mae (2:40)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Roberta Blues (2:30)
  2. 2 Freedom Train Blues (2:41)
  3. 3 Ground Hog Blues (2:17)
  4. 4 Bad Whiskey - Bad Women (2:10)
  5. 5 Gone with the Wind (2:46)
  6. 6 No Money, No Love (2:44)
  7. 7 Talkin' Boogie (3:03)
  8. 8 Milford Blues (2:28)
  9. 9 Cairo Blues (2:49)
  10. 10 Evil Blues (2:50)
  11. 11 Gambling Blues (2:57)
  12. 12 Homeless Blues (3:08)
  13. 13 Walkin' Blues - Manny Nichols (2:08)
  14. 14 Forgive Me Baby - Manny Nichols (3:00)
  15. 15 Walking Talking Blues - Manny Nichols (2:38)
  16. 16 Tall Skinny Mama Blues - Manny Nichols (2:56)
  17. 17 Worried Life - Manny Nichols (2:42)
  18. 18 Forgive Me - Manny Nichols (2:50)
  19. 19 No One to Love Me - Manny Nichols (2:45)
  20. 20 Throw a Little Boogie - Manny Nichols (2:50)
  21. 21 Can't Do Like You Used To - Thunder Smith (2:33)
  22. 22 West Coast Blues - Thunder Smith (2:39)
  23. 23 Little Mama Boogie - Thunder Smith (2:41)
  24. 24 Cruel Hearted Woman - Luther "Rocky" Stoneham (2:29)
  25. 25 Big Stars Are Falling - Luther "Rocky" Stoneham (2:22)
  26. 26 Santa Fe Blues - Thunder Smith (2:13)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Dallas Bebop Blues - Soldier Boy Houston (3:08)
  2. 2 Western Rider Blues - Soldier Boy Houston (2:44)
  3. 3 Hug Me Baby - Soldier Boy Houston (2:37)
  4. 4 Out in California Blues - Soldier Boy Houston (2:33)
  5. 5 In the Army Since 1941 - Soldier Boy Houston (3:09)
  6. 6 Lawyer Houston Blues - Soldier Boy Houston (2:44)
  7. 7 Going to the West Coast - Soldier Boy Houston (2:45)
  8. 8 Lawton, Oklahoma Blues - Soldier Boy Houston (2:53)
  9. 9 Cryin' (2:35)
  10. 10 Playboy Blues (2:52)
  11. 11 Hobo (2:31)
  12. 12 Cold in the Evening (2:53)
  13. 13 West Coast Blues (2:52)
  14. 14 Rosa Lee (3:07)
  15. 15 Shake 'Em on Down (3:23)
  16. 16 Loudella (3:11)
  17. 17 Little Mae Belle (3:10)
  18. 18 No More Lovin' (3:17)
  19. 19 West Coast Blues (3:01)
  20. 20 What Wrong Have I Done (3:14)
  21. 21 In My Girlish Days (2:05)
  22. 22 Home Again Blues (2:49)
  23. 23 Cross Country Blues (2:51)
  24. 24 Don't Forget Me Baby (2:52)
  25. 25 Single Man Blues (2:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lightnin' Hopkins Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson Guitar, Vocals
Donald Cooks Bass
Buster Pickens Piano
Frankie Lee Sims Guitar, Vocals
Thunder Smith Piano, Vocals
Luther "Rocky" Stoneham Guitar
L.C. Williams Vocals
Ben Turner Drums
J.D. Edwards Guitar, Vocals
Ernest Lewis Guitar, Vocals
Connie Kroll Drums
Soldier Boy Houston Guitar, Vocals
Red Johnson & His Orchestra Drums
Blind Boy Piano
Miss Country Slim Vocals
Manny Nichols Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Neil Slaven Annotation
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