Lightnin' (album)

Lightnin' (subtitled The Blues of Lightnin' Hopkins) is an album by blues musician Lightnin' Hopkins recorded in 1960 and released on the Bluesville label the following year.[1][2][3]

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Studio album by
RecordedNovember 9, 1960
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
BVLP 1019
Lightnin' Hopkins chronology
Last Night Blues
Lightnin' in New York


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [4]
The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings    [5]

AllMusic reviewer Alex Henderson stated: "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 ... Lightnin' is a lot like being in a small club with Hopkins as he shares his experiences, insights and humor with you".[4] The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings awarded the album 3 stars noting "Lightnin's performances are unfailingly fluent, perhaps because he doesn't challenge himself: almost all the songs on Lightnin' are well-tried pieces from his core repertoire".[5]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Sam Hopkins except where noted

  1. "Automobile Blues" – 4:34
  2. "You Better Watch Yourself" – 5:00
  3. "Mean Old Frisco" (Arthur Crudup) – 3:43
  4. "Shinin' Moon" – 4:09
  5. "Come Back Baby" (Walter Davis) – 3:31
  6. "Thinkin' 'Bout an Old Friend" – 5:08
  7. "The Walkin' Blues" – 3:25
  8. "Back to New Orleans" (Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry) – 3:22
  9. "Katie Mae" – 4:05
  10. "Down There Baby" – 4:07





  1. ^ Jazzdisco: Prestige Records Catalog: Bluesville 1000 series accessed November 6, 2018
  2. ^ Both Sides Now: Prestige/Bluesville Album Discography accessed November 6, 2018
  3. ^ Wirz' American Music: Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins discography accessed November 6, 2018
  4. ^ a b Henderson, Alex. Lightnin' Hopkins: Lightnin' – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Russell, Tony; Smith, Chris (2006). The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings. London: Penguin. p. 279. ISBN 978-0-140-51384-4.