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Sam's The Man,
This review is from: The Essential Blue Archive: Nothin' But The Blues (Audio CD)
This CD is a totally representative sample of the great man's work, with his marvellous baritone and exquisite guitar-playing on show throughout.
Given the huge abundance of Hopkins recordings on the market, its difficult to make in-depth comparisons between different CDs and slightly different versions of individual tracks. Consequently, all I can really say is that if you like Lightnin' Hopkins, then this CD should go a long way towards satisfying your desire for a good dose of his particular brand of the blues.
If you're not already familiar with his work, then suffice it to say that Sam Hopkins is special, VERY special. He has a wonderful deep smokey voice that's capable of conveying the sweetest emotions, and is a truly brilliant guitarist, capable of the funkiest simple/complicated rythyms with the most exquisite and delicate touches. A great blues master of the very highest order.
Whilst this CD is on a par with the other 3 that I own (they're all brilliant and would get nothing less than 5 stars from me), particular highlights, IMO, include Let Me Play With Your Poodle, Tim Moore's Farm, Lightnin's Boogie, Jake Head Boogie, Gone With The Wind, and Lightnin's Special. And there are two brilliant tracks that I often put on 'Repeat' for half an hour or so (or longer!) - One Kind Favour and the instrumental Buck Dance Boogie. Both of these are flawless, simple, blues gems, and for me, justify the purchase price on their own. Of course, there are a few rather boring tracks, but this seems to be unavoidable with most compilation CDs, I'm afraid.
Highly recommended. (The only thing I would mention that detracts from this CD is the fact that it comes in just a cardboard sleeve).