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Sam Lightnin' Hopkins

There is much of Lightning Hopkins catalog that I'm not familiar with, it's vast. Though, I have heard plenty of it. What I've heard I prefer the electric material and acoustic with a backing band over his solo acoustic songs. Below I've noted a few of those single disc releases, some of which are often overlooked. 

In 2007, the Proper label released a four disc box set titled Texas Thunderbolt that is an exceptional value covering 1946 - 1954. 

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The Sonet Blues Story  

Recorded in Houston in 1974 and was originally released as part of Samuel Charters' "Legacy of the Blues" series.

Hopkins playing an acoustic guitar with an electric pick up backed by a three-piece band: Ira James on harmonica, Larry "Bones" McCall on drums, with Rusty Myers and Ozell Roberts splitting time on bass.

Note, The Sonet Blues Story is a series that features other great Blues artists.

1. Please Help Poor Me 
2. Way Out In Abilene 
3. Don't You Call That Boogie 
4. Swing In The Backyard 
5. The Hearse Is Backed Up To The Door 
6. That Meat's A Little Too High 
7. Let Them Little Things Be True 
8. I Been Burning Bad Gasoline 
9. Don't You Mess With My Woman 
10. Water Fallin' Boogie 
11. Born By The Devil 
12. Doin' My Boogie 

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Double Blues   

Lightnin' Hopkins, guitar and vocals ; Leonard Gaskin, bass ; Herbie Lovelle, drums. Recorded May 4-5, 1964.

1. Let's Go Sit On the Lawn 
2. I'm Taking A Devil Of A Chance 
3. I Got Tired 
4. I Asked The Bossman 
5. Just A Wristwatch On My Arm 
6. I Woke Up This Morning 
7. I Was Standing on 75 Highway 
8. I'm Going To Build Me A Heaven Of My Own 
9. My Babe 
10. Too Many Drivers 
11. I'm A Crawling Black Snake 
12. Rocky Mountain Blues 
13. I Mean Goodbye 
14. The Howling Wolf 
15. Black Ghost Blues 
16. Darling, Do You Remember Me? 
17. Lonesome Graveyard 

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Lightnin' and the Blues: The Herald Sessions  

Lightnin' Hopkins, voc, g; Donald Cooks, b; Ben Turner, d
Houston, April 1954

This material is also on the box-set Texas Thunderbolt

1. Nothin' But The Blues 
2. Don't Think Cause You're Pretty 
3. Lightnin's Boogie 
4. Life I Used To Live 
5. Sick Feelin' Blues 
6. Evil Hearted Woman 
7. Blues For My Cookie 
8. Sittin' Down Thinkin' 
9. My Baby's Gone 
10. Lonesome In Your Home 
11. Lightnin's Special 
12. My Little Kewpie Doll 
13. Shine On Moon 
14. Had A Gal Called Sal 
15. Remember Me 
16. Moving On Out Boogie 

Lightnin' Hopkins  - Discography, reviews, DVD, Books, tab
Lightnin' Hopkins box set
Lightnin' Hopkins  - Discography, reviews, DVD, Books, tab
Texas Thunderbolt  
Muddy Waters stated that Lightnin' Hopkins exemplified the deep blues that Muddy himself most valued.

This box set gives you the definite taste of the grandmaster of Texas Country Blues - Sam Lightnin' Hopkins.

The set contains 110 tracks and a fully illustrated 48 page booklet.

Product Description
2007 four CD set on the Proper label from the Blues legend. Lightnin' Hopkins was one of the Blues' greatest talents, whose spare, expressive guitar playing, taciturn vocals and 
crisp versification all place him firmly in the tradition of Texas blues. Hopkins recorded 
every kind of Texas blues there was, documenting the various traditions that Blind Lemon Jefferson had first indicated and establishing a personal and often autobiographical genre  of his own. His style was born from spending many hours playing informally without a backing band. His distinctive style often included playing, in effect, bass, rhythm, lead, percussion, and vocals, all at the same time. His musical phrasing would often include a long low note at the beginning, the rhythm played in the middle range, then the lead in the 
high range. Proper. 

Disc 1 (P1589) SHORT HAIRED WOMAN

1. West Coast Blues 2:40
2. Katie Mae Blues 3:00
3. That Mean Old Twister 3:09
4. I Can't Stay Here In Your Town 2:46
5. Short Haired Woman 2:25
6. Little Mama Boogie 2:40
7. (Let Me) Play With Your Poodle 2:31
8. Can't Get That Woman Off My Mind 2:37
9. Picture On The Wall 2:47
10. You Are Not Goin' To Worry My Life Anymore 2:53
11. Miss Me Blues 2:16
12. Sugar On My Mind 2:38
13. Nightmare Blues 2:45
14. Lightnin's Boogie 2:19
15. Daddy Will Be Home One Day 2:24
16. Moonrise Blues 2:55
17. Morning Blues 2:44
18. Have To Let You Go 2:36
19. Mama's Baby Child 2:42
20. Mistreater Blues 2:35
21. My California 2:30
22. Honey Babe 2:40
23. So Long 2:35
24. See See Rider 2:35
25. Unpredictable Woman 2:58
26. I Just Don't Care 2:45
27. Whiskey Headed Woman 3:02
28. Abilene 2:25


Disc 2 (P1590) SHOTGUN BLUES

1. Shotgun 2:36
2. Rollin' And Rollin 2:40
3. Tell It Like It Is 2:30
4. Miss Loretta 2:40
5. Ida Mae 2:42
6. What Can It Be 2:35
7. Lonesome Home 2:41
8. Appetite Blues 2:29
9. Ain't It A Shame 2:50
10. Tim Moore's Farm 2:37
11. You Don't Know 2:39
12. Somebody's Got To Go 2:48
13. Baby Please Don't Go 2:49
14. Mad With You 2:26
15. Unsuccessful Blues 2:18
16. Rollin' Woman Blues 2:38
17. "T" Model Blues 2:33
18. Lightnin's Boogie 2:47
19. Zologo 2:44
20. Automobile Blues 2:45
21. Untrue Blues 3:00
22. Henny Penny Blues 2:06
23. Jackstropper Blues 2:45
24. Grievance Blues 2:56
25. Grosebeck Blues 2:22
26. Racetrack Blues 2:31
27. Bluebird Blues 3:11
38. Goin' Back And Talk To Mama 2:53


Disc 3 (P1591) GIVE ME CENTRAL 209

1. Beggin' You To Stay 2:35
2. Bad Luck And Trouble 2:35
3. Last Affair 2:57
4. Jake Head Boogie 2:52
5. Lonesome Dog Blues 2:41
6. Needed Time 2:52
7. One Kind Favour 2:49
8. Another Fool In Town 2:53
9. Candy Kitchen 2:40
10. Black Cat 2:34
11. Santa Fe Blues 2:49
12. Some Day Baby 2:30
13. Black Cat Bone 2:54
14. Disagreeable 3:20
15. Dark And Cloudy 2:52
16. Coffee Blues 2:42
17. Praying Ground Blues 2:56
18. Give Me Central 209 2:57
19. Long Way From Texas 3:02
20. You Caused (My Heart To Weep) 2:32
21. Tap Dance Boogie 2:35
22. Dirty House 2:59
23. Freight Train Blues 2:47
24. One Kind Of Favor 2:58
25. Contrary Mary 2:39
26. I'm Beggin' You 2:35
27. Sad News From Korea 3:07


Disc 4 (P1592) REMEMBER ME

1. Ain't It A Shame 3:18
2. Crazy 'Bout My Baby 2:44
3. Highway Blues 2:35
4. I'm Wild About You Baby 2:49
5. "Bad Things On My Mind" 2:47
6. The War Is Over 3:07
7. Policy Game 3:05
8. Merry Christmas 2:42
9. Happy New Year 3:10
10. Cemetery Blues 2:55
11. Shine On Moon 2:37
12. Lightnin's Boogie 2:31
13. Lonesome In Your Home 2:40
14. Remember Me 2:37
15. Sittin' Down Thinkin' 2:41
16. Lightnin's Special 2:20
17. Don't Think Cause Your Pretty 2:36
18. Life I Used To Live 2:44
19. My Baby's Gone 2:42
20. Sick Feeling Blues 2:10
21. Moving On Out 2:16
22. Evil Hearted Woman 2:42
23. Blues For My Cookie 2:23
24. Had A Gal Called Sal 2:14
25. Nothin' But The Blues 2:19
26. My Little Kewpie Doll 2:18
27. Moanin' Blues 2:25

Personnel by track

LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS - THE TEXAS THUNDERBOLT
DISC ONE : SHORT HAIRED WOMAN

Thunder & Lightnin' : Lightnin' Hopkins, g; Thunder Smith, p, voc, unknown, d.
Los Angeles, November 8, 1946

53-1 WEST COAST BLUES

Lightnin'Hopkins, voc, g; Thunder Smith, p; unknown, d
Los Angeles, November 9, 1946

56-1 KATIE MAE BLUES
58-1 THAT MEAN OLD TWISTER
59-1 I CAN'T STAY HERE IN YOUR TOWN (ROCKY MOUNTAIN BLUS)

Lightnin'Hopkins, voc, g; Thunder Smith, p; (-1) unknown, d
Los Angeles, August 15, 1947

219-1 SHORT HAIRED WOMAN
220-1 LITTLE MAMA BOOGIE (-1)
222-1 (LET ME) PLAY WITH YOUR POODLE (-1)

Lightnin' Hopkins, voc,
Houston, November 1947

450 CAN'T GET THAT WOMAN OFF MY MIND
452 PICTURE ON THE WALL
453 YOU ARE NOT GOING TO WORRY ME LIFE ANYMORE (WORRIED LIFE BLUES)

Lightnin' Hopkins, voc, g
Houston, February 25, 1948

HTN 501-1 MISS ME BLUES (YOU'RE GONNA MISS ME)
HTN 502-1 SUGAR ON MY MIND (SUGAR MAMA)
HTN 503-1 NIGHTMARE BLUES
HTN 506-1 LIGHTNIN'S BOOGIE
HTN 509-1 DADDY WILL BE HOME ONE DAY
HTN 509A-1 MOONRISE BLUES (THE MOON IS RISING)
HTN 511-1 MORNING BLUES
HTN 511-2 HAVE TO LET YOU GO
HTN 512A MAMA'S BABY CHILD (BABY CHILD)

Lightnin' Hopkins, voc, g
Houston, February 1948

HTN 1 MISTREATER BLUES (MISTREATED)
HTN 2 MY CALIFORNIA
HTN 3 HONEY BABE (HONEY HONEY BLUES)
HTN 4 SO LONG
HTN 5 SEE SEE RIDER
HTN 6 UNPREDICTABLE WOMAN (CHANGING WEATHER BLUES)
HTN 7 I JUST DON'T CARE (CANDY KITCHEN)
HTN 8A WHISKEY HEADED WOMAN (LIQUOR DRINKIN' WOMAN)
HTN 8B ABILENE

DISC TWO: SHOTGUN BLUES

Lightnin' Hopkins voc, g
Houston, February 1948

HTN 9A SHOTGUN BLUES
HTN GB ROLLIN' AND ROLLIN' (ROLLIN'BLUES)
HTN 12 TELL IT LIKE IT IS (WHISKEY BLUES)
HTN 13 MISS LORETTA (LORETTA BLUES OR SUGAR MAMA NO.2)

Lightnin' Hopkins, voc, g
Houston, 1948

A IDA MAE
B WHAT CAN IT BE
A LONESOME HOME (AIN'T IT LONESOME)
B APPETITE BLUES
B AIN'T IT A SHAME
A TIM MOORE'S FARM (TIM MOORE BLUES)
B YOU DON'T KNOW
B SOMEBODY'S GOT TO GO
A BABY PLEASE DON'T GO

Lightnin' Hopkins, voc, g unknown, speech (-1)
Houston, 1949

A MAD WITH YOU
B UNSUCCESSFUL BLUES (CAN'T BE SUCCESSFUL) (-1)
Add Frankie Lee Sims, g.
B ROLLIN' WOMAN BLUES

Lightnin' Hopins, voc, g : L.C. WILLIAMS, TAP DANCING (-1)
Houston, 1949

B "T" MODEL BLUES
A LIGHTNIN'S BOOGIE (LIGHTNIN'S BLUE OR MAD MAN'S BOGIE) (-1)
A AUTOMOBILE BLUES

Lightnin' Hopkins, voc, org
Houston, 1949

B ZOLOGO (Organ Blues)

Lightnin' Hopkns, voc, g
Houston, 1949

B UNTRUE BLUES (GRIEVANCE BLUES)
A HENRY PENNY BLUES
A JACKSTROPPER BLUES (THE JACKSTROPPER)
B GRIEVANCE BLUES (GRIEVANCE BLUES OR NOBODY CARES FOR ME)
TK4 GROSEBECK BLUES (TAKE 4)

Lightnin' Hopkins, voc, g
Houston 1949-50

RACETRACK BLUES
BLUEBIRD BLUES
GOIN' BACK AND TALK TO MAMA

DISC THREE : GIVE ME THE CENTRAL 209

Lightnin' Hopkins, voc, g
Houston, 1950

MM.1652 BEGGIN' YOU TO STAY (SOMEDAY BABY)
MM.1655 BAD LUCK AND TROUBLE
MM.1664 LAST AFFAIR
MM.1665 JAKE HEAD BOOGIE
MM.1667 LONESOME DOG BLUES

Lightnin' Hopkins, voc, g, p (-1)
Houston, 1950

MM.1846 NEEDED TIME
MM.1847 ONE KIND FAVOR
MM.1902 ANOTHER FOOL IN TOWN
MM.1903 CANDY KITCHEN (-1)
MM.1973 BLACK CAT
MM.2032 SANTA FE BLUES
MM.2033 SOME DAY BABY

Lightnin' Hopkins, voc, g
Houston, 1950-51

BLACK CAT BONE
DISAGREEABLE
DARK AND CLOUDY

Lightnin' Hopkins, voc, g; unknown, b
New York, 1951

2326 COFFEE BLUES
2327 PRAYING GROUND BLUES
2332 GIVE ME CENTRAL 209 (HELLO CENTRAL)
2333 LONG WAY FROM TEXAS

Lightnin' Hopkins, voc,g, tap dancing (-1); Donald Cooks, b
Houston, 1952

J478 YOU CAUSED (MY HEART TO WEEP)
J479 TAP DANCE BOOGIE (-1)
J488 DIRTY HOUSE
J492 FREIGHT TRAIN BLUES (WHEN I STARTED HOBOING)
J495 ONE KIND OF FAVOR

Lightnin' Hopkins, voc, g; Donald Cooks, b
Houston, 1952

4069 CONTRARY MARY (CRAZY MARY)
4071 I'M BEGGIN' YOU

Lightnin' Hopkins, voc, g; Donald Cooks, b.
Houston, 1952

YB-9104 SAD NEWS FROM KOREA

DISC FOUR : REMEMBER ME
Lightnin' Hopkins, voc, g
Houston, 1952

YB 9406 AIN'T IT A SHAME
YB 9407 CRAZY ABOUT MY BABY

Lightnin' Hopkins : Lightnin' Hopkins, voc, g; Donald Cooks, b; Connie Kroll, d. "Crying" dubbed on (-1)
Houston, July 29, 1953

84970 HIGHWAY BLUES
84971 I'M WILD ABOUT YOU BABY
84972 BAD THINGS ON MY MIND
84973 THE WAR IS OVER
84974 POLICY GAME
84975 MERRY CHRISTMAS
84976 HAPPY NEW YEAR
84977 CEMETERY BLUES (-1)

Lightnin' Hopkins, voc, g; Donald Cooks, b; Ben Turner, d
Houston, April 1954

H-1075 SHINE ON MOON
H-1076 LIGHTNIN'S BOOGIE (BOOGIE WOOGIE DANCE)
H-1077 LONESOME IN YOUR HOME
H-1078 REMEMBER ME
H-1079 SITTIN' DOWN THINKIN'
H-1080 LIGHTNIN'S SPECIAL (FLASH LIGHTNIN')
H-1082 DON'T THINK' CAUSE YOU'RE PRETTY (BLUES IS A MIGHTY BAD FEELIN')
H-1083 LIFE I USED TO LIVE (GONNA CHANGE MY WAYS)

Lightnin' Hopkins, voc, g; Donald Cooks, b; Ben Turner, d
Houston, April 1954

H-1099 MY BABY'S GONE
H-1101 SICK FEELING BLUES (I'M ACHING)
H-1102 MOVING ON OUT BOOGIE (LET'S MOVE)
H-1104 EVIL HEARTED WOMAN
H-1106 BLUES FOR MY COOKIE
H-1107 HAD A GAL CALLED SAL
H-1109-1 NOTHIN' BUT THE BLUES
H-1396 MY LITTLE KEWPIE DOLL (BAD BOOGIE)

Lightnin' Hopkins, voc, g
Houston - 1955

8003-2 MOANIN' BLUES

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