Many years ago Sam Lightnin' Hopkins was my first introduction to the Blues.I owned one album on cassette and played it untill it wore out and the day came when my tape player chewed it up. Since then I have purchased many blues albums by various artists but strangely not by Sam so when Amazon suggested this after a recent purchase of a John Lee Hooker album I just had to buy. It is superb 50 tracks on 2 cd's with excellent sound quality having been well remastered ,a must buy from one of the true masters of the blues.
Nothin' But The Blues, Shine On Moon, My Baby's Gone, Sittin' Here Thinkin', Down To The River, Long Way From Texas, Another Fool In Town, Lonesome Dog Blues, Death Bells, Lonesome in Your Home, Gone Again, Gone With The Wind...even some of the titles on this fifty-track compilation of the great Lightnin' Hopkins have a poetry of their own, fully matched by the man's mesmerising voice. He's one of the most marvellous singers in all blues music, and can send shivers down your spine with a phrase or simply his tone of voice. In excellent remastered sound, these are some of the finest tracks by the prolific Hopkins, though there are many more to explore on other albums. What else is there to say other than if you love this music, then you really must hear Houston's finest: Sam 'Lightnin' Hopkins, the poet of the blues. He sang like nobody else and played a sparse, haunting guitar. This is as good a place to start as you're likely to come across. Pretty good packaging, a bargain price, minimal but useful booklet notes - nothin' but the blues indeed.
Once heard, Lightnin' will strike you as someone you want to listen to a lot.