Lightnin' Hopkins - Soul Blues
Lightnin' Hopkins - Soul Blues
Lightnin' Hopkins - Soul Blues
Lightnin' Hopkins - Soul Blues

Lightnin' Hopkins - Soul Blues

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Lightnin' Hopkins, vocals & guitar [click here to see more vinyl featuring Lightnin' Hopkins]

Leonard Gaskin, bass

Herbie Lovelle, drums



1 LP, standard sleeve

Limited edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”



Record Press :  Quality Record Pressings

Label :  Analogue Productions 

Original Label :  Prestige

Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey by Rudy Van Gelder

Remastered by Kevin Gray

Originally released in 1965

Reissued in 2017


Tracks :      

Side A:

  1. I'm Going To Build Me A Heaven Of My Own
  2. My Babe
  3. Too Many Drivers
  4. I'm A Crawling Black Snake
  5. Rocky Mountain Blues

Side B:

  1. I Mean Goodbye
  2. The Howling Wolf
  3. Black Ghost Blues
  4. Darling, Do You Remember Me?
  5. Lonesome Graveyard


Reviews :

"A true poet of the blues, Lightnin' Hopkins was a master of tall, tongue-in-cheek tales, often made up on the spot in the recording studio. The first song on this album, "I'm Going to Build Me a Heaven of My Own," adescribes an encounter with a bearded man claiming to be Jesus Christ. Hopkins also puts his personal stamp on Willie Dixon's "My Babe" and Smokey Hogg's "Too Many Drivers," among others." Review by Roundup Newsletter

"Five of the six selections on this (album) reissue feature drummer Art Taylor in an all-star sextet of mostly young players comprised of trumpeter Donald Byrd, altoist Jackie McLean, Charlie Rouse on tenor, pianist Ray Bryant, and bassist Wendell Marshall.  Among the high points of the 1957 hard bop date are the original version of Bryant's popular "Cubano Chant" and strong renditions of two Thelonious Monk tunes ("Off Minor" and "Well, You Needn't") cut just prior to the pianist/composer's discovery by the jazz public.  Bryant is the most mature of the soloists, but the three horn players were already starting to develop their own highly individual sounds.  The remaining track (a version of Jimmy Heath's "C.T.A.") is played by the quartet of Taylor, tenor saxophonist John Coltrane, pianist Red Garland, and bassist Paul Chambers and is a leftover (although a good one) from another session." AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow



AllMusic 3/5  ,  Discogs  4.61 / 5

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