King Of The Texas Blues CD (2003)

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Label Acrobat
SKU 63860641
UPC 824046512125
UPC 14 00824046512125
Format CD
Release Date 12/5/2003
Author Lightnin' Hopkins
Associated Artist/Work Bizer, Billy
Associated Artist/Work Chenier, Clifton
Associated Artist/Work Collins, Albert
Associated Artist/Work Dane, Barbara
Associated Artist/Work Hooker, John Lee
Associated Artist/Work King, B.B.
Associated Artist/Work Louisiana Red
Associated Artist/Work McGhee, Brownie
Associated Artist/Work Thornton, Big Mama
Technical Info
CatalogID ACRCD 121
Lable Name Acrobat (USA)
Released 11/24/2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00824046512125
Album Notes and Credits
Recorded between 1966 & 1969 in Houston, Texas and Los Angeles, California.
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
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."
Disc 1
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
Product Attributes
Artist Hopkins,Lightnin'
Label Acrobat
Music Format Compact Disc

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