Excl. - CD1: Really A Pain * Steady Roll Blues * I’ve Found A New Baby * There’ll Be Some Changes Made * The Lonesome Road * Dip Your Brush In The Sunshine * The Big Butter And Egg Man * Someday,Sweetheart * At The Jazz Band Ball * Relaxin’ At The Touro * Down To Steamboat Tennessee * Sugar * Little David Play On Your Harp * Can’t We Be Friends * Chicago * Hesitating Blues * The Wreck Of The Old 97 * American Patrol * Two O’clock Jump * More Than You Know * Oh, Lady Be Good! Riverside Blues * Rosetta * The Lady’s In Love With You * Whistlin’ The Blues CD2: September In The Rain * Since My Best Gal Turned Me Down * Muskogee Blues * Rosie * Take Me To The Land Of Jazz * I’d Climb The Highest Mountain * Red Hot Mama * Pee Wee Squawks * Sentimental Journey * Muggsy Special * You’re Driving Me Crazy * Am I Blue? * How Come You Do Me Like You Do? * Sentimental Journey * Chicago * When The Saints Go Marching In * Blue Turning Grey Over You * Tin Roof Blues * Muskrat Ramble * St.Louis Blues * Rose Room * Memphis Blues * Royal Garden Blues.
June 1 street date. Almost universally referred to as the post-war King Of Texas Blues, LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS enjoyed a virtually continuous recording career from his first visit to a recording studio in 1946 until his death in 1982. With hundreds of recordings made for dozens of record labels, Lightnin’ remains one of the most prolific (and popular) of all blues artists, as the numerous CD reissues of his recordings demonstrate. In a world of several hundred Lightnin’ Hopkins compilations, mostly of dubious quality, this is the definitive overview of his long career and is certain to prove essential to die-hard Hopkins collectors and novice blues buyers alike. 45 tracks.
June 8 street date. By the time this LP was recorded in 1959, Lightnin' Hopkins was already a star, but hoping to catch Hopkins in a more informal and relaxed setting, American folklorist Mack McCormick travelled to Texas with just a mono tape recorder. Despite, or perhaps because of, the lack of professional equipment, McCormick manages to capture Hopkins in rare form. The listener has the impression that Hopkins is just hanging out on his front porch with a few friends, playing the blues. It was through his contact with McCormick that Hopkins was presented to rock & roll/blues revival audiences, playing Carnegie Hall with Joan Baez and Pete Seeger in 1960.
May 8 street date. Recorded in Berkeley, CA and Houston, TX during the winter of 1961-62, Lightnin' Sam Hopkins features a stripped-down blues trio on some of the most intimate and powerful recordings of Hopkins' long and storied career. An absolute classic of electric Texas blues.
August 21 street date. (LP + MP3) Lightnin’ Hopkins had already recorded dozens, if not hundreds, of sides for various labels by the time he hooked up with Chris Strachwitz in the late ‘50s, but his recordings for Strachwitz’s Arhoolie label are some of the rawest and strongest of his career. Originally released in 1968, this classic slab of Texas blues is reissued here on high quality vinyl with an exact reproduction of the paste-on sleeve. Includes download card.
July 17 street date. 180 gram LP. Although Lightnin’ Hopkins had known regional success as a recording artist in the late forties and early fifties, changing musical tastes soon left him without an audience. However, it was not long before a whole new generation of fans- sparked by the blues folk revival - were knocking on Hopkins' door once more. This time it was musicologist Sam Charters who tracked Lightnin’ down. Lured by a bottle of gin, Hopkins took Charters back to his one room apartment in Houston and recorded these ten songs (with Charters holding the sole microphone up to Lightnin’s guitar). The resulting album, released in 1959 on Folkways, catapulted Hopkins for the very first time into the national spotlight where he was soon being heralded across the country as a giant of the genre.
January 15 street date. 180 gram 2LP. The COMPLETE STUDIO SESSION along with LIGHTNIN’ HOPKINS LIVE AT THE ASH GROVE club...now for the FIRST TIME ever on 180 gram DOUBLE VINYL!! This 1960 studio session commemorates a rare moment in blues history. With the help of the ubiquitous Lomax family, Pacific World Records managed to get four giants of the blues (Lightnin’ Hopkins, Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry and Big Joe Williams) together in-studio for this informal jam session on 6 July 1960. Interestingly, it was also the first time that Hopkins and McGhee had ever met (although each man had always admired the other’s guitar playing tremendously). Eight years prior, McGhee had even written a 'challenge' song called 'A Letter To Lightnin’ Hopkins', to which Lightnin’ had the chance to respond for the first time here in this entirely improvised 'answer song' called 'First Meetin’'. In addition, Side D features a LIVE recording of Lightnin’ Hopkins playing the legendary Ash Grove folk club in L.A. the following night (7 July 1960). Pure unrehearsed genius! These men were not mere blues players, they were mediums for the divine!
March 25 street date. 3CD digibook edition of the Texax blues legend Sam Lightnin' Hopkins' only album for the International Artists label in Houston - 2 bonus discs featuring previously unheard and unreleased songs, studio chatter and a candid conversations with Lightnin'
January 15 street date, Recorded in Berkeley, CA and Houston, TX during the winter of 1961-62, Lightin’ Sam Hopkins features a stripped-down blues trio on some of the most intimate and powerful recordings of Hopkins’ long and storied career. An absolute classic of electric Texas blues reissued on LP in a deluxe tip-on jacket. Limited edition of 500 on gold vinyl.
February 5 street date. Houston, Texas’ favorite son Sam John Hopkins, better known as Lightnin’, was recorded in 1959 by the legendary musicologist Samuel Charters, predating and predicting the folk-blues revival of the early ‘60s. Highly regarded as one of the finest acoustic blues albums ever, Lightnin’ Hopkins established its hero as a legend. The very definition of essential.
July 15 street date. Lightnin’ Hopkins had already recorded dozens, if not hundreds, of sides for various labels by the time he hooked up with Chris Strachwitz in the late ‘50s, but his recordings for Strachwitz’s Arhoolie label are some of the rawest and strongest of his career. Originally released in 1968, this classic slab of Texas blues is reissued here on high quality vinyl with an exact reproduction of the paste-on sleeve. On red vinyl.
Available now. All mastered from the original analog master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at Acoustic Sounds' state-of-the-art pressing plant, Quality Record Pressings, plated by Gary Salstrom. Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock. Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins, a true poet who invented most of his lyrics on the spot and never seemed to run out of new ideas, was a blues giant of post-war blues whose style was rooted in pre-war Texas traditions. While he cranked up his amp to fierce proportions when performing for his friends at Houston juke joints, producers who recorded him for the so-called folk-blues market usually insisted that he use an acoustic guitar for more “authentic” results. Either way, Lightnin’ seldom made a bad record, and this June 4, 1963, session on which he played acoustic was among his finest, thanks much to the sensitive support of bassist Leonard Gaskin and drummer Herbie Lovelle, who did a remarkable job of following his irregular bar patterns and abrupt song endings.
October 21 street date. Recorded in Berkeley, CA and Houston, TX during the winter of 1961-62, Lightin’ Sam Hopkins features a stripped-down blues trio on some of the most intimate and powerful recordings of Hopkins’ long and storied career. An absolute classic of electric Texas blues reissued on LP in a deluxe tip-on jacket. Includes download card for a free digital copy of the entire album.
October 14 street date. Lightnin’ Hopkins was one of the greatest and most popular authentic blues artists. These 26 titles comprise the first 13 singles released by Lightnin’ Hopkins between 1947 and 1952. They weren’t his first recordings but they were the first released under his own name. Although he did record with other musicians and even with full bands it’s these acoustic classics that best illustrate his art and they are some of the most endearing blues tracks ever recorded. Includes the popular songs “Katie Mae Blues”, “Big Mama Jump” and his biggest chart hit “Shotgun Blues”. A true genius of the genre this Lightnin’ Hopkins release by Jasmine is a must have for blues and R&B fans. Fully detailed liner notes.
Available now. AVID Roots continues with its Four Classic Roots album series with a re-mastered 2CD release by Lightnin' Hopkins, complete with original artwork and liner notes. Includes : "Lightnin' And The Blues"; "Country Blues"; "Lightnin' In New York" and "Mojo Hand". A Blues man the like of which they write "they don't make 'em like that anymore". Born in Texas in 1912, Sam Lightnin' Hopkins began his musical journey into the blues at the age of 8 when he met the legendary and mysterious Blues man, Blind Lemon Jefferson at a local church social. So began a kind of informal apprenticeship when Hopkins accompanied Jefferson to many of his musical engagements soaking up as much as he could from the great man. By his teens he had hooked up with his cousin, another blues man, Texas Alexander with whom he travelled and worked until being discovered in 1946. Re-christened Lightnin' in partnership with pianist Wilson Smith, re-christened Thunder, the pair became Aladdin recording artists. The career of Lightnin' Hopkins then followed much the same path as many fellow blues men. Success of sorts in the 1940's and 1950's before then slipping into obscurity only to be re-discovered during the Blues/Folk revival in the 1960's. He would go on to become the most recorded bluesman in history and was voted in Rolling Stone magazine Top 100, as the 71st greatest guitarist of all time.