CD King of the Texas Blues [Acrobat] (CD 1049796),
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King of the Texas Blues [Acrobat]

  • 1. Katie Mae
    2. Feel So Bad
    3. That Mean Old Twister
    4. Rocky Mountain Blues
    5. Short Haired Woman
    6. Big Mama Jump
    7. Down Baby
    8. Let Me Play With Your Poodle
    9. Fast Mail Rambler
    10. Thinkin' and Worryin'
    11. Can't Get That Woman Off My Mind
    12. Woman, Woman (Change Your Way)
    13. Picture on the Wall
    14. You're Not Goin' to Worry My Life Anymore
    15. You're Gonna Miss Me
    16. Sugar on My Mind
    17. Nightmare Blues
    18. Someday Baby
    19. Come Back Baby
    20. Lightnin's Boogie
    21. Baby You're Not Going to Make a Fool Out of Me
    22. Daddy Will Be Home One Day
    23. Moon Rise Blues
    24. Howling Wolf, The
    25. Morning Blues
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 121

  • Credits

    Recorded between 1966 & 1969 in Houston, Texas and Los Angeles, California.
    Lightnin' Hopkins didn't sing songs so much as spontaneously make them up on the spot, pulling events from his daily life and matching them to one of his set blues riffs, and when the process worked, the results were a stunning example of the blues as personal catharsis, and when it failed to click, well, it sounded like any of a dozen other Hopkins songs. Add to this the fact that Hopkins often took adventuresome liberties with tempo and time, and he could be a handful for producers looking to jazz up his Texas country blues sound with added instrumentation. The tracks on this collection are split between a session in 1965 recorded for Verve and a 1969 session for Vault Records, and while there is no artistic reason for the two sessions to be melded together like this (save that these are 15 of the 27 tracks for which Prestige owns the licensing rights), the result is actually a pretty decent record, featuring the slickest-sounding (relatively -- we're talking Lightnin' here) Hopkins you're ever going to encounter. Given a backing band of Earl Palmer on drums, Jimmy Bond on bass, and Joe "Streamline" Ewing on trombone, Hopkins turns in measured (for him) and almost jazzy renditions of "Shining Moon," "Talk of the Town," and "Shaggy Dad," and even with the unlikely trombone accompaniment, it all works. Mixed in are solo Hopkins tracks on both acoustic and electric guitar. Sometimes you can just grab a handful of stuff and throw it at the wall and it magically sticks there in a pleasing pattern. One suspects that's the case here. [This same set of tracks in a different sequence was issued in 1997 by Boomerang Records as Shake It Baby and with yet a different sequence again in 2005 by Fruit Tree Records as Talk of the Town.] ~ Steve Leggett

  • Critic Reviews
    Living Blues (pp.70-71) - "Hopkins unfurls some deft fingerpicking in a style he didn't often show....'Rosie Mae' is rich with both sensuality and sinewy grit."
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