Lightnin' and Co.

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Lightnin' and Co.
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Studio album by
Released1962
RecordedFebruary 17 & 20, 1962
StudioACA Studios (Gold Star Studios), Houston, TX
GenreBlues
Length36:35
LabelBluesville
BVLP 1061
ProducerMack McCormick, Kenneth S. Goldstein
Lightnin' Hopkins chronology
Walkin' This Road by Myself
(1962)
Lightnin' and Co.
(1962)
Smokes Like Lightning
(1963)

Lightnin' and Co. is an album by the blues musician Lightnin' Hopkins, recorded in Texas in 1962 and released on the Bluesville label.[1][2][3] The album was reissued in 1981 on Fantasy Records as a double LP compilation titled How Many More Years I Got, with additional tracks from the sessions.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

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

AllMusic reviewer Nathan Bush stated: "The players here are extremely loose, betraying a casual interest in the task at hand. They sound like a group of borrowed session men, but were in fact a small combo familiar both with each other and Hopkins himself. ... Hopkins was apparently reluctant to do second takes, however, and these recordings show it. ... the performances hardly approach the level of Hopkins' solo sides from the period, let alone his best work".[4]

The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings wrote that the album "break[s] away from the guitar-only format and on several tracks call in friends like Pickens (playing on what would be his last session)".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins except where noted

  1. "Sinner's Prayer" – 3:45
  2. "Angel Child" – 3:30
  3. "The Fox Chase" – 3:18
  4. "I Got a Leak in This Old Building" – 5:19
  5. "You Is One Black Rat" – 2:29
  6. "My Baby Don't Stand No Cheating" (Willie Dixon) – 2:05
  7. "Pneumonia Blues" (Blind Lemon Jefferson) – 3:30
  8. "Mama Blues" – 5:16
  9. "Mojo Hand" – 3:19
  10. "Have You Ever Been Mistreated" (Eddie Boyd) – 4:04
  • Recorded at ACA Studio, Houston, TX, on February 17, 1962 (tracks 3, 5, 6, 8 & 9) and February 20, 1962 (tracks 1, 2, 4, 7 & 10)

Personnel[edit]

Performance[edit]

  • Lightnin' Hopkins – guitar, vocals
  • Billy Bizor – harmonica, vocals (tracks 3, 5, 6, 8 & 9)
  • Buster Pickens – piano (tracks 1, 2, 4, 7 & 10)
  • Donald Cooks – bass (tracks 1, 2, 4, 7 & 10)
  • Spider Kilpatrick – drums

Production[edit]

References[edit]

  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 Bush, Nathan. Lightnin' Hopkins: How Many More Years I Got – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Russell, Tony; Smith, Chris (2006). The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings. London: Penguin. pp. 279–80. ISBN 978-0-140-51384-4.