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Lightnin' Hopkins - The Singles Collection Vol.1 1946-53

Lightnin' Hopkins - The Singles Collection Vol.1 1946-53

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Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins was one of the true blues greats, a singer, guitarist, songwriter and occasional pianist from Texas, who through a life as a long-time solo performer developed a highly distinctive style, playing rhythm, lead, bass and percussion, with a legendarily unstructured approach to the 12-bar format. Musicologist Mark McCormick said that Hopkins is “the embodiment of the jazz-and-poetry spirit, representing its ancient form in the single creator whose words and music are one act”. Born in 1912, he did not get an opportunity to record until the post-war years, and then recorded prolifically for a variety of labels. Acrobat has addressed his output on 78s and 45s from 1946 to 1962 with two 3-CD sets of which this is the first. This 78-track collection comprises the A & B sides of just about all his releases during these years on the Aladdin, Modern, Gold Star and RPM labels. His RPM releases overlapped with his releases on the Sittin’ In With label which begin in 1951 and start Vol. 2. It includes his hits in the US R&B charts with “Shotgun Blues”, “T Model Blues” and “Tim Moore’s Farm”. It also includes records for Aladdin with pianist Wilson “Thunder” Smith. His New York Times obituary in 1982 said he was “one of the great country blues singers and perhaps the greatest single influence on rock guitar players”, and this substantial collection covering the early years of his recording career helps to explain and underline that view.

Disc 1:
Track Title Artist
1 That Mean Old Twister Lightnin' Hopkins
2 Katie Mae Lightnin' Hopkins
3 Rocky Mountain Blues (I Can't Stay Here) Lightnin' Hopkins
4 I Feel So Bad Lightnin' Hopkins
5 Big Mama Jump Lightnin' Hopkins
6 Short Haired Woman Lightnin' Hopkins
7 Fast Mail Rambler Lightnin' Hopkins
8 Thinkin' And Worryin' Lightnin' Hopkins
9 Play With Your Poodle Lightnin' Hopkins
10 Down Home Baby Lightnin' Hopkins
11 Big Mama Jump Lightnin' Hopkins
12 Short Haired Woman Lightnin' Hopkins
13 Sugar Mama Lightnin' Hopkins
14 Picture On The Wall Lightnin' Hopkins
15 Woman, Woman Lightnin' Hopkins
16 Nightmare Blues Lightnin' Hopkins
17 Have To Let You Go Lightnin' Hopkins
18 Morning Blues Lightnin' Hopkins
19 Baby Child Lightnin' Hopkins
20 Changing Weather Blues Lightnin' Hopkins
21 Rollin' Blues Lightnin' Hopkins
22 Shotgun Blues Lightnin' Hopkins
23 Honey, Honey Blues Lightnin' Hopkins
24 Moonrise Blues Lightnin' Hopkins
25 Miss Me Blues Lightnin' Hopkins
26 Abilene Lightnin' Hopkins
Disc 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Worried Life Blues - You're Not Going To Worry Lightnin' Hopkins
2 Daddy Will Be Home Some Day Lightnin' Hopkins
3 So Long Lightnin' Hopkins
4 My California Lightnin' Hopkins
5 Shining Moon Lightnin' Hopkins
6 Ida May Lightnin' Hopkins
7 Mercy Lightnin' Hopkins
8 What Can It Be Lightnin' Hopkins
9 Lonesome Home Lightnin' Hopkins
10 Appetite Blues Lightnin' Hopkins
11 Walkin'blues Lightnin' Hopkins
12 Lightnin' Blues Lightnin' Hopkins
13 No Mail Blues Lightnin' Hopkins
14 Ain't It A Shame Lightnin' Hopkins
15 Tim Moore's Farm Lightnin' Hopkins
16 You Don't Know Lightnin' Hopkins
17 Treat Me Kind Lightnin' Hopkins
18 Somebody Got To Go Lightnin' Hopkins
19 Baby Please Don’t Go Lightnin' Hopkins
20 Death Bells Lightnin' Hopkins
21 Mad With You Lightnin' Hopkins
22 Airplane Blues Lightnin' Hopkins
23 Unsuccessful Blues Lightnin' Hopkins
24 Rollin' Woman Blues Lightnin' Hopkins
25 Jail House Blues Lightnin' Hopkins
26 T Model Blues Lightnin' Hopkins
Disc 3:
Track Title Artist
1 Lightnin' Boogie Lightnin' Hopkins
2 Unkind Blues Lightnin' Hopkins
3 Fast Life Woman Lightnin' Hopkins
4 European Blues Lightnin' Hopkins
5 Automobile Lightnin' Hopkins
6 Zolo Go Lightnin' Hopkins
7 Old Woman Blues Lightnin' Hopkins
8 Untrue Blues Lightnin' Hopkins
9 Henny Penny Blues Lightnin' Hopkins
10 Jazz Blues Lightnin' Hopkins
11 Jackstropper Blues Lightnin' Hopkins
12 Grievance Blues Lightnin' Hopkins
13 Bad Luck And Trouble Lightnin' Hopkins
14 Beggin' You To Stay Lightnin' Hopkins
15 Jake Head Lightnin' Hopkins
16 Lonesome Dog Blues Lightnin’ Hopkins
17 Last Affair Lightnin’ Hopkins
18 Don’t Keep My Baby Long Lightnin’ Hopkins
19 One Kind Favor Lightnin' Hopkins
20 Needed Time Lightnin' Hopkins
21 Candy Kitchen Lightnin’ Hopkins
22 Another Fool In Town Lightnin’ Hopkins
23 Mistreater Blues Lightnin’ Hopkins
24 Black Cat Lightnin’ Hopkins
25 Santa Fe Blues Lightnin’ Hopkins
26 Someday Baby Lightnin’ Hopkins
  • UPC:
    824046915223
  • Release:
    June 2024
  • FORMAT:
    CD
  • Brand:
    Acrobat
  • Product Code:
    ACTRCD9152
  • Weight:
    0.2kg