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Goin' Away (Remastered)

Lightnin' Hopkins

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Album Review

For the 1963 album Goin' Away, Lightnin' Hopkins was backed by a spare rhythm section — bassist Leonard Gaskin and drummer Herb Lovelle — who managed to follow his ramshackle, instinctual sense of rhythm quite dexterously, giving Hopkins' skeletal guitar playing some muscle. Still, the spotlight remains Hopkins, who is in fine form here. There are no real classics here, but everything is solid, particularly "Stranger Here" and "You Better Stop Her," making it worth investigation by serious fans of Hopkins' classic material.

Customer Reviews

Very possibly his best album

Well supported by a tight rythmn section, tight purposeful arrangements and no $20-a-song dross. Outstanding album. What are you waiting for....

Biography

Born: 15 March 1912 in Centerville, TX

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Sam Hopkins was a Texas country bluesman of the highest caliber whose career began in the 1920s and stretched all the way into the 1980s. Along the way, Hopkins watched the genre change remarkably, but he never appreciably altered his mournful Lone Star sound, which translated onto both acoustic and electric guitar. Hopkins' nimble dexterity made intricate boogie riffs seem easy,...
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