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  • Lightnin' Lightnin' Quick View

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    Lightnin'

    Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige stereo reissues from Analogue Productions - 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All cut at 33 1/3.


    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


    "Recorded for Prestige's Bluesville subsidiary in 1960, Lightnin' is among the rewarding acoustic dates Lightnin' Hopkins delivered in the early '60s. The session has an informal, relaxed quality, and this approach serves a 48-year-old Hopkins impressively well on both originals like 'Thinkin' 'Bout an Old Friend' and the familiar 'Katie Mae' and enjoyable interpretations of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee's 'Back to New Orleans' and Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup's 'Mean Old Frisco.' Hopkins' only accompaniment consists of bassist Leonard Gaskin and drummer Belton Evans, both of whom play in an understated fashion and do their part to make this intimate setting successful. From the remorseful 'Come Back Baby' to more lighthearted, fun numbers like 'You Better Watch Yourself' and 'Automobile Blues,' Lightnin' is a lot like being in a small club with Hopkins as he shares his experiences, insights and humor with you." - All Music Guide

    1. Automobile Blues
    2. You Better Watch Yourself
    3. Mean Old Frisco
    4. Shinin' Moon
    5. Come Back Baby
    6. Thinkin' 'Bout An Old Friend
    7. The Walkin' Blues
    8. Back To New Orleans
    9. Katie Mae
    10. Down There Baby
    Lightnin' Hopkins
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  • Smokes Like Lightning Smokes Like Lightning Quick View

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    Smokes Like Lightning

    Originally released in 1963 from sessions recorded in 1962, Smokes Like Lightning features Hopkins solo on guitar and vocals except for a full band on three of the tracks. Includes a re-recording of T Model Blues and Let's Do The Susie-Q. Reissued on 180 gram vinyl on a tip on sleeve with a paper and poly lined inner sleeve.
    1. T Model Blues
    2. Jackstropper Blues

    3. You Cook All Right

    4. My Black Name

    5. Never Miss Your Water

    6. Lets Do The Susie-Q

    7. Ida Mae

    8. Smokes Like Lightning

    9. Prison Farm Blues
    Lightnin' Hopkins
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  • Soul Blues (Pre-Order) Soul Blues (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Soul Blues (Pre-Order)

    Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige stereo reissues from Analogue Productions - 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All cut at 33 1/3.


    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


    A true poet of the blues, Lightnin' Hopkins was a master of tall, tongue-in-cheek tales, often made up on the spot in the recording studio. The first song on this album, I'm Going to Build Me a Heaven of My Own, describes an encounter with a bearded man claiming to be Jesus Christ. Hopkins also puts his personal stamp on Willie Dixon's My Babe and Smokey Hogg's Too Many Drivers, among others.

    1. I'm Going to Build Me a Heaven of My Own
    2. My Babe
    3. Too Many Drivers
    4. I'm A Crawling Black Snake
    5. Rocky Mountain Blues
    6. I Mean Goodbye
    7. The Howling Wolf
    8. Black Ghost Blues
    9. Darling, Do You Remember Me?
    10. Lonesome Graveyard
    Lightnin' Hopkins
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  • Lightnin's Boogie - Live at The Rising Sun Celebrity Jazz Club Lightnin's Boogie - Live at The Rising Sun Celebrity Jazz Club Quick View

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    Lightnin's Boogie - Live at The Rising Sun Celebrity Jazz Club

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    On June 23, 1977, Sam 'Lightnin' Hopkins walked onto a small stage in a smoke & whisky
    filled club in Montreal and proceeded to lay down arguably his last great performance
    before his death 5 years later.


    "Lightnin's Boogie - Live at The Rising Sun Celebrity Jazz Club" - remastered and available
    on vinyl for the first time - reveals a master blues man still in full control of his many
    talents and working the crowd to "Get Up Off O' Yo'".


    Lightnin' Hopkins is considered one of the greatest blues guitarists and singers of all
    time and, according to the New York Times, "perhaps the greatest single influence on
    rock guitar players."

    LP 1
    1. Trouble In Mind
    2. Mercy
    3. Cook My Breakfast
    4. Hard To Love A Woman
    5. Get Up Off O' Yo'
    6. Katie Mae


    LP 2
    1. Goin' To Louisiana
    2. Forgot What To Say
    3. Lightnin's Boogie
    4. I'm Coming Home
    5. Early In The Morning Blues
    6. My Babe
    7. Rock Me Baby

    Lightnin' Hopkins
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  • Goin' Away Goin' Away Quick View

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    Goin' Away

    Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige stereo reissues from Analogue Productions - 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All cut at 33 1/3.


    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.

    1. Wake Up Old Lady
    2. Don't Embarrass Me, Baby
    3. Stranger Here
    4. Little Sister's Boogie
    5. Goin' Away
    6. You Better Stop Her
    7. Business You'r Doin'
    8. I'm Wit' It
    Lightnin' Hopkins
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  • Blue Lightnin' Blue Lightnin' Quick View

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    Blue Lightnin'

    1. Found My Baby Crying

    2. Move On Out, Part One
    3. Back Door Friend
    4. Fishing Clothes
    5. Morning Blues
    6. Gamblers Blues
    7. Wig Wearing Woman
    8. Lonesome Dog Blues
    9. Last Affair
    10. Move On Out, Part Two
    Lightnin' Hopkins
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  • Lightnin' Strikes Lightnin' Strikes Quick View

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    Lightnin' Strikes

    Got Me A Louisiana Woman
    Want To Come Home
    Please Don't Quit Me
    Devil Is Watching You
    Rolling and Rolling
    War Is Starting Again
    Walkin' Round In Circles
    Mary Lou
    Heavy Snow
    Coon Is Hard To Catch
    Lightnin' Hopkins
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  • In New York (Pure Pleasure) In New York (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    In New York (Pure Pleasure)

    Lightnin' Hopkins was one of the most over-recorded artists in the blues genre. The recordings here were made at a pivotal moment in his career. In 1960, at 48 years old, he was no longer a star in the black community, but was becoming a folk legend. His deeply personal music not only reflected the experiences of his community but touched a universal nerve. Chris Strachwitz, who often recorded Hopkins, has called his records »brief audio snapshots of one of the great folk poets to emerge from the African-American experience in Texas.« When he died in 1982 he had recorded well over 600 'audio snapshots'. From his prolific output this Candid session ranks amongst his finest and most intimate work.




    Musicians:



    • Lightnin' Hopkins (vocal, guitar, piano)




    Recording: November 1960 at Nola Penthouse Studios, New York City, by Bob d'Orleans

    Production: Nat Hentoff




    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Take It Easy
    2. Mighty Crazy
    3. Your Own Fault, Baby, To Treat Me The Way You Do
    4. Ive Had My Fun If I Dont Get Well No More
    5. The Trouble Blues
    6. Lightnins Piano Boogie

    7. Wonder Why
    8. Mister Charlie

    9. Black Cat
    Lightin' Hopkins
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  • Lightnin' And The Blues (Awaiting Repress) Lightnin' And The Blues (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Lightnin' And The Blues (Awaiting Repress)

    Sam Lightnin' Hopkins belongs on the Mount Rushmore of great blues artists. You'll get a strong sense of why upon listening to the 12 tracks that the fortyish Texan made for Herald Records in 1954, about the time his African American fans deserted his country blues for a more modern sound. Hopkins sings Sick Feelin' Blues and the rest (except for a couple of boogie instrumentals) in a carefully regulated yet declarative manner, expounding on rotten luck with women and life through an outstanding blend of warmth and self-awareness. Though usually thought of as an acoustic guitar picker, he plugs in here and lets amplification give an edge of unresolved tension to his jagged rhythms and idiosyncratic musical ideas. And while Hopkins is better known as a solo performer, he gets chased by a frisky rhythm section throughout. - Frank-John Hadley
    1. Nothin' but the Blues
    2. Don't Think 'Cause You're Pretty
    3. Lightnin's Boogie
    4. Life I Used to Live
    5. Sick Feelin' Blues
    6. Evil Hearted Woman
    7. Blues for My Cookie
    8. Sittin' Down Thinkin'
    9. My Baby's Gone
    10. Lonesome in Your Home
    11. Lightnin's Special
    12. My Little Kewpie Doll
    Lightnin' Hopkins
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  • Live At Keystone Live At Keystone Quick View

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    Live At Keystone

    Recorded live on July 10 and 11, 1973, at the Keystone club in Berkeley, California, this recording beautifully captures the magical musical friendship of keyboardist Merl Saunders and guitarist Jerry Garcia. The sterling band featured Saunders on keyboards; Garcia, guitar and vocals; John Kahn, bass; and Bill Vitt, drums. Virtuoso David Grisman added mandolin to Bob Dylan's Positively 4th Street. The mix of songs ranged from Saunders originals to covers of songs by Jimmy Cliff, Junior Parker, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Rodgers & Hart, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Arthur Big Boy Crudup, Lightnin' Hopkins, Don Nix and Dan Penn and Dylan.
    LP 1
    1. Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers
    2. Positively 4th Street
    3. The Harder They Come
    4. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
    5. Space
    6. It's No Use


    LP 2
    1. That's All Right, Mama
    2. My Funny Valentine
    3. Someday Baby
    4. Like A Road

    Merl Saunders & Jerry Garcia
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  • Lightnin' Sam Hopkins Lightnin' Sam Hopkins Quick View

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    Lightnin' Sam Hopkins

    Includes MP3 Download


    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.

    1. Meet At The Chicken Shack
    2. Once Was A Gambler
    3. Speedin' Boogie
    4. Ice Storm Blues
    5. California Showers
    6. Burnin' In LA
    7. Do The Boogie
    8. Bald Headed Woman
    9. Goin' Out
    Lightnin' Hopkins
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  • Blues In My Bottle Blues In My Bottle Quick View

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    Blues In My Bottle

    The great Lightnin' Hopkins was one of the most natural of bluesmen-a poet who would often make up lyrics as he recorded. Because his meters and chord changes were frequently irregular, he was at his best when
    unaccompanied, as on this 1961 Prestige date. Besides such blues standards as Wine Spodee-O-Dee, Blues in
    the Bottle, and Catfish Blues, the album contains originals, including Beans, Beans, Beans about his stint on a railroad track gang and D-7 about his aversion to flying.
    1. Buddy Brown's Blues (98 Degree Blues)
    2. Wine Spodee-O-Dee
    3. Sail On, Little Girl, Sail On
    4. DC-7
    5. Death Bells
    6. Goin' To Dallas To See My Pony Run
    7. Jailhouse Blues
    8. Blues In The Bottle
    9. Beans, Beans, Beans
    10. Catfish Blues
    11. My Grandpa Is Too Old!
    Lightnin' Hopkins
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  • Dirty Blues Dirty Blues Quick View

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    Dirty Blues

    Texas & West Coast blues legend Lightnin' Hopkins delivers an amazing set with his 1971 Dirty Blues album. There was nobody quite like Lightnin' Hopkins. John Lee Hooker may have made more records but even he couldnt match the consistently high level of Hopkins creativity. Lightnin' and his vast repertoire represented the epitome of Texas country blues. No question. He came from a musical family and his unique guitar style was fashioned from the traditions he learned in the presence of Blind Lemon Jefferson and Texas Alexander, a distant cousin. His guitar both underscored and complemented the songs he drew from his own life and the lives of those around him.
    1. Home In The Woods
    2. Tap Dance Boogie
    3. Worried Blues
    4. One Kind Of Flavor
    5. Untrue Blues
    6. Fast Life Woman
    7. My Heart To Weep
    8. I'll Never Forget The Day
    9. Broken Hearted Blues
    10. Lightning's Gone Again
    11. European Blues
    12. Lighting's Blues
    Lightnin' Hopkins
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  • Last Night Blues Last Night Blues Quick View

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    Last Night Blues

    Last Night Blues by Lightnin' Hopkins was originally released in 1961. Joined by harpist Sonny Terry this is a stripped down, soulful release with Sonny delivering instinctive accompaniment to Lightnin's fluid finger picking guitar and gritty vocals. Reissued on 180 gram vinyl on a tip on sleeve with a paper and poly lined inner sleeve.
    1. Rocky Mountain
    2. Got To Move You Baby
    3. So Sorry To Leave You

    4. Last Night Blues

    5. Lightnin's Stroke

    6. Hard To Love A Woman

    7. Conversation Blues
    Lightnin' Hopkins with Sonny Terry
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  • Greyhound Blues / Lonesome Old Jail Greyhound Blues / Lonesome Old Jail Quick View

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    Greyhound Blues / Lonesome Old Jail

    Daniel Augusta Hunt, better known as Junior Hunt, was born in Munford, AL in 1929. On or around March 11th, 1953, Hunt recorded these two songs at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis and they were released in June of that year. For over 50 years, these songs were believed to only exist in 78 rpm form, until a copy pressed as a 45 rpm 7'' single turned up in Minnesota. This only known copy was sold on eBay in 2010 for $10,323. This marks the first legitimate release of Hunt's material on a 7'' record, and both songs are outstanding examples of the heartbreaking, desolate nature of the solo bluesman accompanying himself on guitar and borrow heavily from the template set by Lightnin' Hopkins. Hunt was arrested in Memphis in 1958 for stealing a saxophone and died in May 1962 in Phoenix, AZ.
    A: Greyhound Blues
    B: Lonesome Old Jail
    D.A. Hunt
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  • Texas Blues Man Texas Blues Man Quick View

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    Texas Blues Man

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    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.

    Tom Moore Blues
    Watch My Fingers
    Little Antoinette
    Love Is Like A Hydrant
    Cut Me Out Baby
    Take A Walk
    Slavery
    I Would If I Could
    Bud Russell Blues
    At Home Blues
    Lightnin' Hopkins
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  • American Folk Blues Festival 1964 (Pure Pleasure) American Folk Blues Festival 1964 (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    American Folk Blues Festival 1964 (Pure Pleasure)

    German jazz publicist Joachim-Ernst Berendt first had the idea of bringing original African-American blues performers to Europe. Jazz had become very popular, and rock and roll was just gaining a foothold, and both genres drew influences directly back to the blues. Berendt thought that European audiences would flock to concert halls to see them in person.



    Promoters Horst Lippmann and Fritz Rau brought this idea to reality. By contacting Willie Dixon, an influential blues composer and bassist from Chicago, they were given access to the blues culture of the southern United States. The first festival was held in 1962, and they continued almost annually until 1972, after an eight-year hiatus reviving the festival in 1980 until its final performance in 1985.
    The concerts featured some of the leading blues artists of the 1960s, such as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker and Sonny Boy Williamson along with blues legends from an earlier period such as Sleepy John Estes, John Henry Barbee & Lightnin' Hopkins.



    Attendees at Manchester in 1962, the first ever venue for the festival in Britain, included Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones and Jimmy Page. Subsequent attendees at the first London festivals are believed to have also included such influential musicians as Eric Burdon, Eric Clapton, and Steve Winwood. Collectively these were the primary movers in the blues explosion that would lead to the British Invasion.



    Musicians:



    • Sonny Boy Williamson (vocal, harpsichord)

    • Hubert Sumlin (guitar)

    • Willie Dixon (bass)

    • Clifton James (drums)

    • Sunnyland Slim (vocal, piano)

    • Sam Lightnin' Hopkins, Howlin' Wolf (guitar, vocal)

    • Hammie Nixon (harpsichord, jug)




    Recording: October 1964 live at Musikhalle Hamburg, Germany, by Peter Kramper

    Production: Siegfried E. Loch



    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    1. I'm Trying To Make London My Home
    2. Dissatisfied
    3. Everytime I Get To Drinkin'
    4. Ain't It A Pity
    5. Baby Please Don't Go
    6. I'm A Tearing Little Daddy
    7. Cotton Pickin' Blues
    8. No Title Boogie
    9. Slip In Mules
    10. Dust My Broom
    Various Artists
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  • Walkin' This Road By Myself Walkin' This Road By Myself Quick View

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    Walkin' This Road By Myself

    Walkin' This Road By Myself was originally released in 1962.


    Hopkins' style emanated from playing most of his life unaccompanied at his own insistence. His fingerstyle picking of playing alternating and monotonic bass, rhythm, lead, and percussion all the while improvising lyrics, even 'talking' his lyrics. He incorporated creative, chromatic turnarounds and single note lead lines. Tapping or slapping the body of his guitar adding his own percussive effects. While most of his songs are standard 12-bar blues, his phrasing was loose and free.


    Hopkins is the embodiment of the jazz-and-poetry spirit, representing its ancient form in the single creator whose words and music are one act. - Robert Mack McCormick, Lightnin's producer in the '50s and Smithsonian musicologist


    One of the great country blues and perhaps the greatest single influence on rock guitar players. - New York Times, January 31, 1982

    Side A
    1 Walkin' This Road By Myself
    2 Black Gal
    3 How Many More Years I Got To Let You Dog Me Around

    4 Baby Don't You Tear My Clothes
    5 Worried Life Blues


    Side B
    1 Happy Blues For John Glenn
    2 Good Morning Little School Girl

    3 The Devil Jumped The Black Man

    4 Coffee Blues
    5 Black Cadillac

    Lightnin' Hopkins
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  • The Great Electric Show And Dance The Great Electric Show And Dance Quick View

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    The Great Electric Show And Dance

    Recorded at ACA Studios, Houston and Steve Wrights Studio, Tyler Texas
    1. Lovin' Arms
    2. Rock Me Mama
    3. Mr. Charlie (part 1)
    4. Mr. Charlie (part 2)
    5. Play With Your Poodle
    6. Jail House Blues
    7. I Hate I Got Married
    8. You're Too Fast
    9. Love Me This Morning
    10. I'm Coming Home
    11. Ride In Your New Automobile
    12. Breakfast Time
    13. Daddy Was A Preacher
    14. Letter To My Back Door Friend
    Lightnin' Hopkins
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  • Bring Me My Shotgun Bring Me My Shotgun Quick View

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    Bring Me My Shotgun

    Superb vinyl compilation by one of the most prestigious bluesmen in the history of the genre, Lightnin' Hopkins, featuring the legendary cuts "Mojo Hand," "Shake That Thing," and, of course, "Bring Me My Shotgun!"


    Includes the entire 1960 studio album, Mojo Hand, plus many more classics recorded between 1949 and 1960 with such timeless favorites as "Shake That Thing," "I'm Leaving You Now" and lots more!

    Side A
    1. Bring Me My Shotgun

    2. Mojo Hand
    3. Shake That Thing
    4. Lonesome Dog Blues
    5. Coffee For Mama
    6. Shine On, Moon!


    Side B
    1. How Long Has The Train Been Gone?
    2. Awful Dream
    3. Last Night
    4. Sometimes She Will
    5. Have You Ever Loved A Woman?
    6. Houston Bound

    Lightnin' Hopkins
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    Low Down Dirty Blues

    Originally released in 1974, this LP from Texas bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins' includes Shiny Moon, Got To Go, Big Mama Jump and Ida Mae.
    1. Cairo Blues
    2. Bad Whiskey
    3. Ground Hog Blues
    4. Automobile Blues
    5. Got to Go
    6. Unsuccessful Blues
    7. Rollin' Woman Blues
    8. Big Mama Jump
    9. Ida Mae
    10. Shining Moon
    Lightnin' Hopkins
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    Wild Child Butler

    Direct to Disc (D2D)


    From all accounts, George Butler came by his nickname Wild Child honestly. On Sundays, some of the older ladies would come to the shack where he lived to visit his mother. Even as a toddler, little George would grab their legs and tug their skirts. The ladies would tell his mother that she had to do something about that wild child, and the name stuck. Fortunately, he found time between the youthful shenanigans to learn some harp basics at age 12. He was gigging professionally as a bandleader by the late 1950s, but the harpist didn't have much luck in the recording wars until he moved to Chicago in 1966 and signed with Shreveport, La., based Jewel Records.


    Wild Child's resume is top notch. He has toured with Jimmy Rogers, Lightnin' Hopkins, Cousin Joe and Roosevelt Sykes. His biggest influence is John Lee Sonny Boy Williamson and yet his sound is all his own. A prolific songwriter, Wild Child Butler performs mostly original compositions. George Butler is one of the most stylistically interesting and underrated blues performers in the business today.


    In this, an era when Blues is so frequently fused with rock, soul and other more commercially viable music forms, Wild Child stands his artistic ground. Wild Child still plays and sings his blues in exactly the same authentic style that he developed and learned from his rural Alabama sharecropping mentors more than 40 years ago. When asked if he would change his style to be more commercially successful, Wild Child's didn't hesitate. No I would not! Record companies have asked me to do that before. I wouldn't do it then, and I wouldn't do it now, just to sell more records. The way I do my blues, that's me! The blues isn't just something that I do, it's something that I am.


    George is polite but firm with his audiences. In fact, when you meet George Butler, one finds him to be a pleasant, highly personable man with a ready smile as big as an Alabama cotton field, and in no way keeping with the image conjured up by the name Wild Child. He was asked Why in spite of all the hard times and bad luck, do you still keep going? He replied with an audible grin, The blues is the facts of life, the truth, and the blues is what I'm about.


    Indifferent agents, unethical record companies, insensitive audiences and the tough life on the road have not squelched the blues fire in Wild Child Butler. The swamp-harp king is one authentic original folk blues artist who can, in his own words, Sho' 'nuff make the blues come down. Side A is Wild Child and his electric band. Side B is acoustic with Jimmy D. Lane accompanying on guitar. 6 songs.

    1. Weak In The Knees
    2. Treat Me Like I Treat You
    3. Forty Year Old Woman
    4. Anyone Can Say They Love You
    5. Can you Use A Man?
    6. My Baby Done Put Me Down
    Wild Child Butler
    $19.99
    Vinyl LP D2D - Sealed Buy Now
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    Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down

    Like jazz, the blues has its share of late bloomers -- artists who didn't start recording or didn't become well-known until they were well into their 50s or 60s. R.L. Burnside is very much a late bloomer; the Mississippi bluesman was born in 1926, but it wasn't until the 1990s that he started to enjoy the publicity he deserved. Recorded in 2000, Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down finds the veteran singer continuing to be fairly unpredictable at 73. Essentially, this [album] falls into the Mississippi blues category -- Burnside maintains the earthy, down-home rawness that people expect from Mississippi country-blues. But Burnside certainly isn't without urban influences, and this [album] illustrates his appreciation of John Lee Hooker and early Muddy Waters as well as the Texas blues of Lightnin' Hopkins. Burnside has also been influenced by R&B; one of the few tracks that he didn't write or co-write is a cover of Aretha Franklin's 1960s smash Chain of Fools. The producers (who include Andy Kaulkin, John Porter, and Brad Cook) try to make that track and others relevant to hip-hop by adding sampling and scratching -- and when they do, it sounds forced and unnatural. Some of the producing is simply too high-tech for an artist as raw as Burnside, but that doesn't make his vocals any less impressive. Despite its imperfections, Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down is a generally appealing document of Burnside at 73.

    - Alex Henderson (All Music)
    1. Hard Time Killing Floor
    2. Got Messed Up
    3. Miss Maybelle
    4. Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down
    5. Too Many Ups
    6. Nothin' Man
    7. See What My Buddy Done
    8. My Eyes Keep Me In Trouble
    9. Bad Luck City
    10. Chain Of Fools
    11. R.L. 's Story
    R.L. Burnside
    $11.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    White Lightnin' - The Solo Box (Pre-Order)

    This box contains all four solo albums by Bill Wyman, the first Rolling Stone to release a solo record. The first two (from 1974 and 1976, both issued on Rolling Stones Records) were made the help of a galaxy of musical friends like Lowell George, Dr John, Joe Walsh, Van Morrison, the Pointer Sisters, Danny Kortchmar, Dallas Taylor, Leon Russell, Bob Welch and Nicky Hopkins. The eponymous third album was home to Bill's 1981 big hit single (Si Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star as well as follow-up hits Come Back Suzanne, A New Fashion and Visions, while fourth album Stuff appeared in 1992, originally in Japan only.


    The albums are now issued on vinyl for the first time since their original release (and 'Stuff' on vinyl for the first time ever), gathered together in a beautiful rigid slipcase. The new inner sleeves feature all the lyrics and the musician credits.

    LP 1: Monkey Grip
    1. I Wanna Get Me A Gun
    2. Crazy Woman
    3. Pussy
    4. Mighty Fine Time
    5. Monkey Grip Glue
    6. What A Blow
    7. White Lightnin'
    8. I'll Pull You Thro'
    9. It's A Wonder


    LP 2: Stone Alone
    1. A Quarter To Three
    2. Gimme Just One Chance
    3. Soul Satisfying
    4. Apache Woman
    5. Every Sixty Seconds
    6. Get It On
    7. Feet
    8. Peanut Butter Time
    9. Wine And Wimmen
    10. If You Wanna Be Happy
    11. What's The Point
    12. No More Foolin'


    LP 3: Bill Wyman
    1. Ride On Baby
    2. A New Fashion
    3. Nuclear Reactions
    4. Visions
    5. Jump Up
    6. Come Back Suzanne
    7. Rio De Janeiro
    8. Girls
    9. Seventeen
    10. (Si, Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star


    LP 4: Stuff
    1. If I Was A Doo Doo Doo
    2. Like A Knife
    3. Stuff (Can't Get Enough)
    4. Leave Your Hat On
    5. This Strange Effect
    6. Mama Rap
    7. She Danced
    8. Fear Of Flying
    9. Affected By The Towns
    10. Blue Murder (lies)

    Bill Wyman
    $119.99
    Vinyl LP Box Set - 4 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
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