Goin' Away

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Goin' Away
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Studio album by
RecordedJune 4, 1963
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
BVLP 1073
ProducerOzzie Cadena
Lightnin' Hopkins chronology
Hootin' the Blues
Goin' Away
The Swarthmore Concert

Goin' Away, is an album by blues musician Lightnin' Hopkins recorded in 1963 and released on the Bluesville label.[1][2][3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[4]
The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings3/4 stars[5]

The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings said "The high points of this session are the title track, suffused with rural quiet, and "Business You're Doin'", an old rag song similar to "Take Me Back" which Lightnin' plays as if he's been listening to John Hurt ... Gaskin and Lovelle show up some of the rhythm sections Lightnin' used in later years: though their touch is light, they are propulsive rather than responsive and never allow the music to drag".[5] AllMusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine stated: "For the 1963 album Goin' Away, Lightnin' Hopkins was backed by a spare rhythm section 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".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins

  1. "Wake Up Old Lady" – 4:24
  2. "Don't Embarrass Me, Baby" – 3:20
  3. "Stranger Here" – 5:49
  4. "Little Sister's Boogie" – 3:30
  5. "Goin' Away" – 5:45
  6. "You Better Stop Her" – 4:39
  7. "Business You're Doin'" – 3:18
  8. "I'm Wit' It" – 3:58





  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 Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Lightnin' Hopkins: Goin' Away – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Russell, Tony; Smith, Chris (2006). The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings. London: Penguin. p. 280. ISBN 978-0-140-51384-4.