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Hybrid Stereo SACD in Mini LP Jacket!
Mastered By Kevin Gray From Original Analog Master Tapes!
Analogue Productions releases 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most
audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made in their Prestige
Stereo Series on Hybrid Stereo SACD.
Mini "old style" gatefold jacket packaging:
These SACD jackets feature printed wraps mounted to chipboard shells, producing
an authentic, "old school" look and feel: also referred to as "mini LP" jackets.
Born in Centerville, Texas in 1912, Sam Hopkins, better known as Lightnin'
Hopkins, was immersed as a child in the sounds of the blues and he developed a
deeper appreciation at the age of 8 when he met Blind Lemon Jefferson at a
church picnic. That meeting had a profound effect on the youngster who went on
to learn from his older cousin, country blues singer Alger "Texas" Alexander.
Rolling Stone magazine included Hopkins at number 71 on their list of the 100
greatest guitarists of all time: "Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins learned the blues
form Blind Lemon Jefferson in the Twenties. He was a ferocious electric stylist
in the Fifties, though he's perhaps best known for his nimble acoustic
fingerpicking during the Sixties folk-blues revival. As unpredictable as John
Lee Hooker, he seemed to be making it up as he went along, and often was."
(71/100 Greatest Guitarists: David Fricke's Picks)
“Recorded for Prestige's Bluesville subsidiary in 1960, Lightnin' is among
the rewarding acoustic dates Lightnin' Hopkins delivered in the early '60s. The
session has an informal, relaxed quality, and this approach serves a 48-year-old
Hopkins impressively well on both originals like ‘Thinkin' 'Bout an Old Friend’
and the familiar ‘Katie Mae’ and enjoyable interpretations of Sonny Terry &
Brownie McGhee's ‘Back to New Orleans’ and Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup's ‘Mean Old
Frisco.’ Hopkins' only accompaniment consists of bassist Leonard Gaskin and
drummer Belton Evans, both of whom play in an understated fashion and do their
part to make this intimate setting successful. From the remorseful ‘Come Back
Baby’ to more lighthearted, fun numbers like ‘You Better Watch Yourself’ and
‘Automobile Blues,’ Lightnin' is a lot like being in a small club with Hopkins
as he shares his experiences, insights and humor with you.” — All Music
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Mastered by Kevin Gray From Original Analog Tapes
• Mini "old style" gatefold jacket, aka Mini LP jacket
1. Automobile Blues
2. You Better Watch Yourself
3. Mean Old Frisco
4. Shinin' Moon
5. Come Back Baby
6. Thinkin' 'Bout an Old Friend
7. The Walkin' Blues
8. Back to New Orleans
9. Katie Mae
10. Down There Baby