Lightnin' Hopkins - Lightnin' Strikes Back

Lightnin' Hopkins - Lightnin' Strikes Back
Genre:
Album:
Lightnin' Strikes Back
Styles:
Acoustic Texas Blues, Country Blues, Electric Blues, Electric Texas Blues, Regional Blues, Texas Blues, East Coast Blues
Duration:
31:46
Release Date:
1962

This brings together some early-'60s sides that Hopkins recorded for the Chicago-based Vee-Jay label, although all of them were recorded in his native Houston. Lightnin's spoken introduction sets up the hilarious "Big Car Blues," part of five live tracks aboard, before setting up eight heavily reverbed studio tracks from Bill Quinn's Gold Star Studios. The final two are full-band tracks produced by drummer King Ivory Lee Semiens with Lightnin' playing electric, the band following his erratic timing as best as they can. While the material on here is classic Lightnin', the sound is dodgy throughout, the live tracks pulled from vinyl and distorting out in several spots.

If you can find the live material on another compilation and can audition it before buying, pass this one by.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Got Me a Louisiana Woman / Lightnin' Hopkins / Lee Ivory SemienLightnin' Hopkins2:59
Want to Come Home / Annie Cullen / Bill QuinnLightnin' Hopkins3:55
Please Don't Quit Me / Annie Cullen / Bill QuinnLightnin' Hopkins3:11
Devil Is Watching You / Annie Cullen / Bill QuinnLightnin' Hopkins4:00
Rolling and Rolling / Annie Cullen / Bill QuinnLightnin' Hopkins2:59
War Starting Again / Lightnin' Hopkins / Lee Ivory SemienLightnin' Hopkins3:04
Walkin' Round in Circle / Annie Cullen / Lee Ivory SemienLightnin' Hopkins3:08
Mary Lou / Annie Cullen / Lee Ivory SemienLightnin' Hopkins2:06
Heavy Snow / Annie Cullen / Lee Ivory SemienLightnin' Hopkins2:09
Coon Is Hard to Catch / Annie Cullen / Lee Ivory SemienLightnin' Hopkins4:15

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