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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Must For Everyone, 25 Aug 2010
This review is from: Classics 1948 (Audio CD)
This album needs to be in your collection.

A collection of the recordings made in Houston, Texas in 1948 for the Aladdin, Score & Gold Star labels, these sessions see Sam "Lightnin" Hopkins in astonishing form. His Texan finger-style blues has its roots in the playing of friend and mentor, Blind Lemon Jefferson, but listening to some of these tracks, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were listening to a (gifted and original) disciple of Hendrix, recorded 2 decades or more later.

Hopkins was already 36 by the time of these recordings, many of which are extemporised on the spot. His unique phrasing comes from the freedom of playing without a band, and only having his own singing to fit around. You can see why the doyens of Texan Psychedelia, 13th Floor Elevators, were so desperate to record with him (which they did, 20 years after the sessions included here).

Hopkins was a prolific recording artist, but these sides - especially those using electric guitar - are landmark dates.
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