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Format: CD
Sku: 63860641
UPC: 824046512125
UPC 14: 00824046512125
Release Date: 12/5/2003
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Katie Mae
2. Feel So Bad
3. That Mean Old Twister
4. Rocky Mountain Blues
5. Short Haired Woman
6. Big Mama Jump
7. Down Baby
8. Let Me Play With Your Poodle
9. Fast Mail Rambler
10. Thinkin' And Worryin'
11. Can't Get That Woman Off My Mind
12. Woman, Woman (Change Your Way)
13. Picture On The Wall
14. You're Not Goin' To Worry My Life Anymore
15. You're Gonna Miss Me
16. Sugar On My Mind
17. Nightmare Blues
18. Someday Baby
19. Come Back Baby
20. Lightnin's Boogie
21. Baby You're Not Going To Make A Fool Out Of Me
22. Daddy Will Be Home One Day
23. Moon Rise Blues
24. Howling Wolf, The
25. Morning Blues

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Recorded between 1966 & 1969 in Houston, Texas and Los Angeles, California.
Muze PNote Lightnin' Hopkins didn't sing songs so much as spontaneously make them up on the spot, pulling events from his daily life and matching them to one of his set blues riffs, and when the process worked, the results were a stunning example of the blues as personal catharsis, and when it failed to click, well, it sounded like any of a dozen other Hopkins songs. Add to this the fact that Hopkins often took adventuresome liberties with tempo and time, and he could be a handful for producers looking to jazz up his Texas country blues sound with added instrumentation. The tracks on this collection are split between a session in 1965 recorded for Verve and a 1969 session for Vault Records, and while there is no artistic reason for the two sessions to be melded together like this (save that these are 15 of the 27 tracks for which Prestige owns the licensing rights), the result is actually a pretty decent record, featuring the slickest-sounding (relatively -- we're talking Lightnin' here) Hopkins you're ever going to encounter. Given a backing band of Earl Palmer on drums, Jimmy Bond on bass, and Joe "Streamline" Ewing on trombone, Hopkins turns in measured (for him) and almost jazzy renditions of "Shining Moon," "Talk of the Town," and "Shaggy Dad," and even with the unlikely trombone accompaniment, it all works. Mixed in are solo Hopkins tracks on both acoustic and electric guitar. Sometimes you can just grab a handful of stuff and throw it at the wall and it magically sticks there in a pleasing pattern. One suspects that's the case here. [This same set of tracks in a different sequence was issued in 1997 by Boomerang Records as Shake It Baby and with yet a different sequence again in 2005 by Fruit Tree Records as Talk of the Town.] ~ Steve Leggett

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Texas Blues
Muze Music Compilations Down Home Country Blues Classi
Muze Music Compilations Part 1-Folk Music-At Newport
Muze Music Compilations Best Blues Album In The World.
Muze Music Compilations Arhoolie Records-40th Annivers (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Great Bluesmen-Newport Festiva
Muze Music Compilations Great Blues Men
Muze Music Compilations Vanguard: roots Of Folk
Muze Music Compilations Classic Blues From Smithsonian
Muze Music Compilations Classic Blues Vol.2
Muze Music Compilations World's Greatest Blues:live
Muze Music Compilations Big Blues Extravaganza The Best Of Au
Muze Music Compilations Hear Me Howling Blues Ballad
Muze Music Compilations Jewel Paula Soul Story
Muze Music Compilations Nothin But The Blues
Muze Music Compilations Crazy Heart
Muze Music Compilations Crazy Heart Soundtrack (Deluxe Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Blues Juke Box
Muze Music Compilations Jewel/paula/ronn Blues Story
Muze Music Compilations This Ain't No Mouse Music

Associated Artists and Works

Bizer, Billy
Live! At the 1966 Berkeley Blues Festival ~ Chenier, Clifton
Collins, Albert
Sometimes I Believe She Loves Me ~ Dane, Barbara
Hooker, John Lee
King, B.B.
Louisiana Red
McGhee, Brownie
Thornton, Big Mama

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/24/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : ACRCD 121
Music Label Name Label : Acrobat (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00824046512125

Professional Reviews

Living Blues (pp.70-71)
- "Hopkins unfurls some deft fingerpicking in a style he didn't often show....'Rosie Mae' is rich with both sensuality and sinewy grit."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Hopkins,Lightnin'
Product attributeLabel:   Acrobat
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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