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  • Audio CD (1 May 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B000026LY6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,643 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rock Me Mama
2. Bad Luck
3. West Texas
4. What Evil Have I Done
5. Lightnin' Blues
6. I Can't Be Successful
7. I'm Him
8. I Can't Understand
9. Just Made Twenty One
10. Sugar Plum
11. Goin' Home
12. Wonderin' And Goin'
13. Bad Luck and Trouble
14. Have Your Way
15. I'm Grown
16. Mean Ole Lonesome Train
17. Rocky Mountain Blues
18. Love Me Mama
19. I'm A Rollin' Stone
20. Hoo Doo Blues
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dangerous Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
I don't own this one - I decided against purchasing due to duplication - but have plenty of the tracks and thought it could still be helpful to contribute a review, so here goes. The album goes from the very first tracks recorded by Lightnin' and his small backing band in Crowley, Louisiana and sent to Excello in Nashville in May, 1954 up recordings sent in June 1958. During the earlier part of this time frame he used a variety of harmonica players - I've heard of Slim Harpo being one of these but not sure of the truth of this - certainly sometime in the `57 to `58 timeframe, Lazy Lester became Lightnin's go-to man for mouth harp. The harmonica on many of the earlier tracks sounds thinner than on the ones where Lester was present (though Lightnin's famous phrase "blow your harmonica son" dates from the earliest days").

There are many examples of the standard Lightnin' slow blues contained in this set. Whilst he had this format in place from the very start, both the better musical balance and the more inventive lyrics make those towards the end - "Hoo Doo Blues", "Bed Bug Blues" and "Tom Cat Blues" classics of their kind. There are also several examples of his up tempo work - "It's mighty crazy" is possibly his most well known rocker.

Every now and then we do hear echoes of other people in Lightnin's numbers. "Just made twenty one" has elements of both Muddy's "I'm a Man" and Hooker's famous "Boogie Chillen". "Goin' Home" has similarities to the early Howlin' Wolf. However from what I've heard, and while it's not all of this album I do know most of the rest, I certainly would not put the man down as being largely a Chess blues copyist. Nothing could be further from the truth.
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By Preetha on 25 April 2014
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I have been a fan of the Blues for about 3 years now and the first Lightnin' Slim track I heard was "I'm Grown" (I still prefer this to Muddy Waters' "Mannish Boy"!!) and I was hooked! Purchasing my first Lightnin' Slim compilation was a rather hard decision since there were so many good compilations to choose from! Plus, I was on a rather tight budget at the time of purchase and I was looking for a compilation of Slim's Excello recordings from the 1950's, since I regard his work from the 1950's to be Louisiana Swamp Blues at its very best! "It's Mighty Crazy" fitted the bill perfectly! What set it apart from other compilations was not only the cost but the fact that it is one of the few compilations out there to contain rare Swamp Blues gems such as "I'm Grown", "West Texas", "Sugar Plum" and "Wonderin' And Goin'". All in all, this compilation is a treasure trove and I just CANNOT imagine my music collection without it! :)
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This cd is an excellent example of lousiana blues at it"s best.Not one poor track all good A must for any serious collector,The sound quality is superb like all Ace reissues If your looking for Genuine swamp R&B this is it.. Cliff H...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Album by the Great Lightnin Slim 3 Feb. 2010
By Heath Edan Combs - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this collection to hear the original version of bad luck blues, which was kinda hard to find. I had one of LS's late 60s or early 70s albums, and loved that song and wanted to hear the original. It's no disappointment here. The arrangements are spare, mostly drum and harmonica, with LS's Lightnin Hopkins influenced runs, and no bass. This album is no disappointment. This album is a bargain. If you like this you gotta get some music from his partner slim harpo (who isn't featured on this set of songs).
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play that harmonica son 13 April 2014
By chris elliott - Published on Amazon.com
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Grand stuff. He makes it seem easy, it just flows. Not all of the stuff here is top line, but it doesn't matter, because the feel is all important. Very good quality recording. You could be in the studio with them sharing that bottle of scotch. Buy all this mans work wile it's still available.
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By Stuart Jefferson - Published on Amazon.com
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"Lightnin' Slim was the first electric guitarist I ever seen." Buddy Guy.

Lightnin' Smith (real name Otis Hicks) is yet another good yet relatively unknown bluesman who recorded for the Excelllo label in the (basically) 1950's. His style is lumped together with other Excello artists like Slim Harpo, Lonesome Sundown, Lazy Lester, Silas Hogan, and a couple of others. These sides like most from the above artists, were produced by Jay Miller, who helped define the "swamp-blues" style from this period. The sound is very good considering the age and the conditions of the original analog tapes. Tracks 9,10,12,18,19 were dubbed from discs because the original tapes couldn't be found. The booklet contains a nice overview of Slim and his music, along with a few small b&w photographs, a couple of period ads, and recording information. This set is the first in a series from Ace that is reissuing Slim's recordings for the Excello label.

With the exception of Slim Harpo, Lightnin' Slim is perhaps the most well known of the Excello blues artists as far as blues fans know. But even he's not that well known which is too bad. His low-down, raw, rough vocals and guitar, along with a very rudimentary backing (usually harmonic and drums) really gave his music an edge--especially the "drumming"--which was usually (but not always) on the beat. Here he's accompanied by Wild Bill Phillips-harp, and Roy "Diggie Doo" Meanders-drums. A few sides have Lazy Lester on harp and a few other rhythm players--that's it.

This is quintessential late 50's rough and ready juke joint blues--the kind that were rapidly disappearing beginning in this era. This is gut-bucket blues at it's best. Slim's vocals and guitar were great foils in front of equally rough harp and percussion. Slim should be considered as one of the contributors to post-war electric blues. Why he isn't more well known is curious. For fans of this style of blues every track holds something worth hearing. Listen to "Bad Luck", "What Evil Have I Done", "I'm Him", "Mean Ole Lonesome Train", "Hoo Doo Blues", and--well--I could list other tunes, but why? Slim's music has that authentic, slightly mysterious sound and feel to it that makes all these sides worthwhile.

If you've never heard of Lightnin' Slim (or the others mentioned above), do yourself a favor and check him (them) out. This is honest, real deal, low-down, juke joint blues that became popular during the post-war era. Jay Miller helped produce an identifiable sound ("swamp-blues") for all of his artists and Lightnin' Slim was one of the best. If you're a blues fan/collector, and you don't own some (or all) of these Excello artists' sides, there's a hole in your blues library.
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