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Lightnin' Hopkins • Lightnin' Hopkins

Review by Thom Owens
Originally released as The Roots of Lightnin' Hopkins, Smithsonian/Folkways' Lightnin' Hopkins was recorded in 1959. Upon its initial release, it was a pivotal part of the blues revival and helped re-spark interest in Hopkins. Before it was recorded, the bluesman had disappeared from sight; after a great deal of searching, Sam Charters found Hopkins in a rented one-room apartment in Houston. Persuading Lightnin' with a bottle of gin, Charters convinced Hopkins to record ten songs in that room, using only one microphone. The resulting record was one of the greatest albums in Hopkins' catalog, a skeletal record that is absolutely naked in its loneliness and haunting in its despair. These unvarnished performances arguably capture the essence of Lightnin' Hopkins better than any of his other recordings, and it is certainly one of the landmarks of the late-'50s/early-'60s blues revival.

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A1 - Penitentiary Blues    
A2 - Bad Luck And Trouble    
A3 - Come And Go With Me    
A4 - Trouble Stay 'Way From My Door    
A5 - See That My Grave Is Kept Clean    
B1 - Goin' Back To Florida    
B2 - Reminiscences Of Blind Lemon    
B3 - Fan It    
B4 - Tell Me Baby    
B5 - She's Mine    

Recorded at 2803 Hadley St., Houston, TX, USA
January 16, 1959 by Samuel B. Charters using Ampex Equipment, with an EV 636 microphone.

Label: Folkways Records ‎– FS3822
Released: 1959
Genre: Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Texas Blues

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