Mittwoch, 11. Januar 2017

Lightnin Hopkins - Country Blues (1959)

While Hopkins in his prime could crank out as many albums as there were days in the week (and sometimes more), some dates were more inspired than others and this casual recording is happily one of those times.

In 1959, armed with nothing more than a single microphone mono tape recorder, folklorist Mack McCormick recorded Hopkins in an informal setting in hopes of catching some rough-edged performances that he felt were lacking from the bluesman's then-recent studio efforts. That he succeeded mightily is evidenced in this 15-song collection, almost casual in the way Lightnin' tosses off themes, lyrics, and emotion in a most cavalier fashion.

Even with a thorough Sonic Solution No Noise process cleansing, these tapes still contain vocal and instrument distortion in spots where Hopkins got too close to the microphone. But none of it matters in the end, for here is Lightnin' truly in his element, playing for his friends and his own enjoyment, minus the comercial overlay of the times or the imposed "folk blues" posturing of his later acoustic recordings. Not the place to start, but a real good place to visit along the way. 

Tracklist:

A1Long Time
A2Rainy Day Blues
A3Baby!
A4Long Gone Like A Turkey Thru The Corn (Long John)
A5Prison Blues Come Down On Me
A6Backwater Blues (That Mean Old Twister)
A7Gonna Pull A Party
B1Bluebird, Bluebird
B2See See Rider
B3Worrying My Mind
B4Till The Gin Gets Here
B5Bunion Stew
B6You Got To Work To Get Your Pay
B7Go Down Old Hannah
B8Hear My Black Dog Bark

Lightnin Hopkins - Country Blues (1959)
(320 kbps, cover art included)           

2 Kommentare:

kingpossum hat gesagt…

Thanks for the post and commentary. A favorite Hopkins release of mine is Live at the Bird Lounge; I once owned the vinyl but have never seen a digital version of it.

zero hat gesagt…

You are welcome. Sorry, "Live At The Bird Lounge" is not in my collection. Greetings!

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