The Best of Lightnin' Hopkins [Master Classic]

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Lightnin' Hopkins had a kit bag of slow blues riffs, a talent for improvising up-to-the-minute lyrics to go with them, and a general distrust of the recording industry that kept him bouncing from label to label for one-off albums in which he always made sure he got his money upfront before he played a note. This has led to a licensing bonanza that has seen the same Hopkins tracks appear over and over again on countless similar collections with dozens of different titles. Best of Lightnin' Hopkins is hardly the best this Texas bluesman recorded, but it includes all nine original tracks from a 1960 session for Bobby Robinson's Fire Records that were eventually released as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Lightnin' Hopkins had a kit bag of slow blues riffs, a talent for improvising up-to-the-minute lyrics to go with them, and a general distrust of the recording industry that kept him bouncing from label to label for one-off albums in which he always made sure he got his money upfront before he played a note. This has led to a licensing bonanza that has seen the same Hopkins tracks appear over and over again on countless similar collections with dozens of different titles. Best of Lightnin' Hopkins is hardly the best this Texas bluesman recorded, but it includes all nine original tracks from a 1960 session for Bobby Robinson's Fire Records that were eventually released as Mojo Hand, plus additional tracks that Robinson held back at the time. Among the highlights are "Mojo Hand," a riveting Christmas blues called "Santa," and the movingly poetic "Shine on, Moon." There's nothing too startling, but the spare, ragged arrangements usually just Hopkins on acoustic guitar, occasionally accompanied by a drummer allow Hopkins plenty of room to do what he does.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2004
  • Label: Mastercuts Lifestyle
  • UPC: 881162801328
  • Catalog Number: 8013

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sometimes She Will (2:35)
  2. 2 Mojo Hand (3:00)
  3. 3 Shake That Thing (4:01)
  4. 4 Walk a Long Time (5:25)
  5. 5 Last Night (5:10)
  6. 6 Just Pickin' (1:29)
  7. 7 Bring Me My Shotgun (4:01)
  8. 8 I'm Leaving You Now (3:55)
  9. 9 Coffee for Mama (3:30)
  10. 10 Awful Dreams (4:51)
  11. 11 Black Mare Trot (3:56)
  12. 12 Have You Ever Loved a Woman (2:39)
  13. 13 Glory Be (4:29)
  14. 14 Shine on, Moon (4:28)
  15. 15 Lonesome Dog (2:42)
  16. 16 Just Sitting Down Thinking (3:56)
  17. 17 Santa (3:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lightnin' Hopkins Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Wynonie Harris Composer
Sam Hopkins Composer
Charles "Packy" Axton Composer
Lightnin' Hopkins Composer
B.B. King Composer
Clarence Lewis Composer
Magic Sam Composer
Floyd Newman Composer
Fred LeBlanc Composer
Athan Maroulis Liner Notes
Billy Myles Composer
M. Robinson Composer
Smoochy Smith Composer
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