Lightnin' in New York

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Lightnin' in New York
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Studio album by
RecordedNovember 15, 1960
StudioNola Penthouse Sound Studios, NYC
CJM 8010
ProducerNat Hentoff
Lightnin' Hopkins chronology
Lightnin' in New York
Mojo Hand

Lightnin' in New York is an album by the blues musician Lightnin' Hopkins, recorded in 1960 and released on the Candid label the following year.[1][2][3]


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

AllMusic reviewer Scott Yanow stated: "This solo CD features the classic bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins on eight unaccompanied solos, not only singing and playing guitar but taking some rare solos on piano (including on 'Lightnin's Piano Boogie'). Hopkins recorded a lot of albums in the 1960s and all are quite listenable even if most are not essential; he did tend to ramble at times! This Candid release is one of his better sets of the period".[4] The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings wrote: "Thanks to the engineer Bob d'Orleans, Lightnin' in New York sounds wonderful, and Lightnin' seems to feel specially at ease, essaying experiments that he seldom or never repeated".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins

  1. "Take It Easy" – 6:21
  2. "Mighty Crazy" – 7:04
  3. "Your Own Fault, Baby, to Treat Me the Way You Do" – 4:44
  4. "I've Had My Fun If I Don't Get Well No More" – 3:55
  5. "The Trouble Blues" – 4:42
  6. "Lightnin's Piano Boogie" – 2:29
  7. "Wonder Why" – 6:12
  8. "Mister Charlie" – 7:26





  1. ^ Jazzdisco: Candid Records Catalog: 8000/9000 series accessed November 7, 2018
  2. ^ Jazzlists: Candid Label Discography accessed November 7, 2018
  3. ^ O'Brien, T. J. Lightnin' Album of the Week: Week 23 February 12, 2011 accessed November 7, 2018
  4. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. Lightnin' Hopkins: In New York – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Russell, Tony; Smith, Chris (2006). The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings. London: Penguin. p. 279. ISBN 978-0-140-51384-4.