Lightnin’ Hopkins – Goin’ Away (1963) [Analogue Productions 2018]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 35:18 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,42 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 681 MB
Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins, a true poet who invented most of his lyrics on the spot and never seemed to run out of new ideas, was a blues giant of post-war blues whose style was rooted in pre-war Texas traditions. While he cranked up his amp to fierce proportions when performing for his friends at Houston juke joints, producers who recorded him for the so-called folk-blues market usually insisted that he use an acoustic guitar for more “authentic” results. Either way, Lightnin’ seldom made a bad record, and this June 4, 1963, session on which he played acoustic was among his finest, thanks much to the sensitive support of bassist Leonard Gaskin and drummer Herbie Lovelle, who did a remarkable job of following his irregular bar patterns and abrupt song endings.
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.
01. Wake Up Old Lady
02. Don’t Embarrass Me, Baby
03. Stranger Here
04. Little Sister’s Boogie
05. Goin’ Away
06. You Better Stop Her
07. Business You’r Doin’
08. I’m Wit’ It
Lightnin’ Hopkins – vocals, acoustic guitar
Leonard Gaskin – bass
Herbie Lovelle – drums
Recorded on June 4, 1963 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.
Mastered from the original analog master tapes by Kevin Gray.