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Jake Head Boogie

2 Jan 2013 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 2 Jan 2013
  • Label: Ace Records
  • Copyright: 2009 Ace Records
  • Total Length: 1:18:44
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  • ASIN: B00AV7LS6C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pitoucat VINE VOICE on 16 Aug 2006
Format: Audio CD
At last, following the reissue of his Aladdin, Gold Star, and Sittin' In With sessions, all of the early recordings by Lightnin' Hopkins are now available on CD. Recorded by Gold Star boss Bill Quinn in Houston between 1948 and 1951, when Lightnin' was at the height of his ability as well as his popularity, these sides were sold to the Bihari brothers for release on their Modern subsidiary label, RPM. Only seven 78s of this material appeared as RPM singles at the time, with another six titles issued later on various LPs, including a Kent album from 1970. The remainder has stayed in the vaults until now.

Made during Lightnin's most creative period, these Quinn recordings feature him at his inventive best. The CD opens with the belting 'Jake Head Boogie', but includes many slower, thoughtful renditions, including the moving 'Ticket Agent', and his feelings on the Korean conflict in 'War News Blues'. Unusually for Lightnin', several cover versions of other people's songs are presented here, such as Charles Brown's 'Drifting Blues', Lowell Fulson's 'Everyday I Have The Blues', Little Son Joe's 'Black Rat Swing' (under the title of 'Black Cat' - another belter), as well as the gospel standard 'Needed Time', the one title on which Lightnin' sounds uncharacteristically hesitant, especially on the more up-tempo alternative take. Other covers, such as Blind Lemon's 'One Kind Favor' and Big Maceo's 'Worried Life Blues' (as 'Some Day Baby', with 'Beggin' You To Stay' being a close relative) are more common items of Lightnin's repertoire. All are given his own unique treatment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By freewheeling frankie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Jan 2006
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This album features material licensed to, and later recorded for, the Modern/RPM labels in the early 50s; much of it hadn't been reissued before this album came out in 1999 and some of it wasn't issued at the time at all. This probably isn't the place to start if you haven't heard Lightnin' Hopkins before... but if you're a fan, it's essential - it captures him in his prime, largely unaccompanied and includes a few of his very finest recordings.
The opening title track is an absolutely scorching boogie, and a fine song to boot, featuring some of the best rocking blues guitar ever laid down by anyone - the guitar tone and the sheer devil-may-care attitude are completely riveting; it's so good the album is worth buying just for this track. The bad news is that this IS the best track, and in particular, if you're not as keen on slower material, this is by far the most energetic item here. However, the good news is that, like most records of Lightnin' Hopkins in his prime, there's a lot more to like here - his lyrics are always fascinating and witty and there's plenty more fine guitar playing. Another stand out is the second track, Lonesome Dog Blues, a completely off the wall slowie with the guitar imitating dog howls in a most amusing fashion. Other than that it's more typical Lightnin' Hopkins, to the extent that there is such a thing. He does a piano number, and a rare religious one, and the excellent Bad News From The War, presumably referring to (but not specifying) the then current Korean War.
For the uninitiated, probably the best comparison is early John Lee Hooker, with which this is contemporary.
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