Sunday, 23 August 2009

Lightnin’ Hopkins With Sonny Terry “Last Night Blues”

Lightnin’ Hopkins With Sonny Terry

“Last Night Blues”
( LP Prestige Records, 1961 )
Catalog # BVLP 1029

Personnel & Tracklisting :
Sonny Terry (harmonica)
Lightnin’ Hopkins (guitar, vocals)
Leonard Gaskin (bass)
Belton Evans (drums)
Recorde at Rudy Van Gelder Studio,
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 26, 1960

2623 Rocky Mountain Blues
2624 Got To Move Your Baby
2625 So Sorry To Leave You
2626 Take A Trip With Me
2627 Last Night Blues
2628 Lightnin’s Stroke
2629 Hard To Love A Woman
2630 Conversation Blues

** Also issued on Bluesville BVLP 1081 entitled “Lightnin’ Hopkins – Gotta Move Your Baby”: Prestige PR 7831
entitled “Lightnin’ Hopkins – Got To Move Your Baby”: Fantasy OBCCD 548-2

Outside of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Lightnin’ Hopkins may be Texas’s most distinctive and influential blues export. His easy, fluid fingerpicking and witty, extemporaneous storytelling are always a delight, and his performances on LAST NIGHT BLUES … Full Descriptionare no exception. The album is spare and acoustic, with Hopkins’s voice and guitar accompanied by minimal percussion and Sonny Terry’s harmonica.
Terry’s contributions really add a lot to these tunes, threading a high, lonesome whine on the downtempo tunes and a chugging, propulsive shuffle on the faster ones. Hopkins is, of course, one of the kings of the blues boogie, but he’s equally compelling on the slow blues, and he never missteps throughout this fine set. All told, this dynamite disc represents what the blues should be: stripped-down, soulful, and full of truth.

By Rob

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