Genre: Blues
Label: Arhoolie
Format: 33RPM,
Size: 12"


Lightnin' Hopkins Lightnin' Sam Hopkins LP

Lightnin' Hopkins

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Absolute Classic of Electric Texas Blues!
Includes Limited Time Download Card!

Recorded in Berkeley, CA and Houston, TX during the winter of 1961-62, Lightnin’ Sam Hopkins features a stripped-down blues trio on some of the most intimate and powerful recordings of Hopkins’ long and storied career. An absolute classic of electric Texas blues reissued on LP in a deluxe tip-on jacket.

"The topics are largely based on ... experiences from the Los Angeles fire which burned in the Hollywood hills while Lightnin' was playing in L.A., to the autobiographical 'Once Was A Gambler.' Perhaps the most spontaneous performance was 'Ice Storm Blues' recorded shortly after his return to Houston when a bitter cold wave hit the South. One of his old favorites, 'Bald Headed Woman', became a new creation, and the delightful piano number 'Do the Boogie', is one of those rare informal bits which usually doesn't get on a record. The brooding 'California Showers' was recorded one rainy afternoon at his cousin's house in Oakland--it had been raining for weeks, it was almost like the weather in Houston--and this number represents that part of Lightnin's personality and artistry which is often covered up in front of an audience--the lonely blues man by himself. Here is Lightnin' Hopkins, perhaps the greatest creatve blues singer the world will ever hear." - Chris Strachwitz, producer

Lightning Hopkins, vocals, guitar, piano
Spider Kilpatrick, drums (Meet You At The Chicken Shack, Ice Storm Blues)
Gino Landry, bass
Victor Leonard, drums

• Vinyl LP
• Limited Time MP3 download
• Deluxe tip-on jacket

Side One:

1. Meet You At The Chicken Shack
2. Once Was A Gambler
3. Speedin' Boogie
4. Ice Storm Blues
Side Two:
1. California Showers
2. Burnin' In L.A.
3. Do The Boogie
4. Bald Headed Woman
5. Goin' Out

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