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Lightnin' Hopkins - The Herald Recordings 1954 Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 (1989/1992)

5-05-2016, 19:50
Music | Blues

Title: The Herald Recordings 1954 Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
Year Of Release: 1989/1992
Label: Collectables
Genre: Texas Blues
Quality: 320 kbps
Total Time: 79:33
Total Size: 213 MB

1. Hear Me Talkin' (2:16)
2. Nothin' But the Blues (2:22)
3. Don't Think 'Cause You're Pretty (2:40)
4. Lightnin's Boogie (2:35)
5. Life I Used to Live (2:49)
6. Hopkins' Sky Hop (2:14)
7. Sick Feelin' Blues (2:15)
8. Evil Hearted Woman (2:47)
9. My Little Kewpie Doll (2:23)
10. Blues for My Cookie (2:27)
11. Sittin' Down Thinkin' (2:45)
12. Lightnin's Stomp (2:39)
13. Lightnin' Don't Feel Well (3:22)
14. My Baby's Gone (2:46)
15. Lonesome in Your Home (2:45)
16. Flash Lightnin' (2:29)
17. Shine On, Moon! (2:36)

When Lightnin' Hopkins tore it up, he tore it up good, as this collection of sessions from 1954 attests. "Hopkins' Sky Hop" alone is worth the price of admission, a delightful uptempo instrumental piece that walks the line between blues and rock & roll. At the other end of the tempo spectrum, there's "Sick Feelin' Blues," not to mention "Lightnin' Don't Feel Well," which has the pace of a slowly flowing river and the mood to match. Mood is one of the blues' greatest strengths, and it's something that Hopkins understood very well; there's real bitterness in "Don't Think 'Cause You're Pretty" and a reflective feeling to "Sittin' Down Thinkin'." These recordings were made between the two main peaks in Hopkins's popularity and so were relatively unknown at the time, but they're beyond a doubt worth hearing. --Genevieve Williams

Lightnin' Hopkins - The Herald Recordings 1954 Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 (1989/1992)

1. Let's Move (2:19)
2. Blues Is a Mighty Bad Feeling (2:27)
3. Boogie Woogie Dance (2:36)
4. Please Don't Go Baby (2:44)
5. Remember Me (2:40)
6. Finally Met My Baby (2:22)
7. That's Alright Baby (3:01)
8. I Love You Baby (2:30)
9. Grandma's Boogie (2:35)
10. Had a Gal Called Sal (2:17)
11. Shine On, Moon! (2:40)
12. Don't Need a Job (2:18)
13. Early Mornin' Boogie (2:14)
14. Lightnin's Special (2:22)

The second set of recordings for Herald from 1954 includes some great material, much of it illustrating how Lightnin' Hopkins incorporated other styles of the day into his own. The influence of John Lee Hooker is audible, especially on "Boogie Woogie Dance" (the title's sort of a giveaway) and "Don't Need No Job," and certain songs, notably "Let's Move" and "Lightnin's Special," border on rock & roll. Pleasant surprises include two tracks with Ruth Ames on vocals: "Finally Met My Baby" and "That's Alright Baby." These sessions took place before the folk resurgence of the 1960s carried Hopkins to fame for the second time, and there's something about them that feels more authentic than his later work, for all that they show the changing trends of the time. --Genevieve Williams

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