Smokes Like Lightning

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Smokes Like Lightning
Smokes Like Lightning.jpg
Studio album by
Released1963
RecordedJanuary and February 17 & 20, 1962
Studio ACA Studios (Gold Star Studios), Houston, TX
GenreBlues
Length36:24
LabelBluesville
BVLP 1070
ProducerMack McCormick
Lightnin' Hopkins chronology
Lightnin' and Co.
(1962)
Smokes Like Lightning
(1963)
Lightnin' Strikes
(1962)

Smokes Like Lightning is an album by blues musician Lightnin' Hopkins recorded in Texas in 1962 and released on the Bluesville label the following year.[1][2][3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[4]
The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings3/4 stars[5]

AllMusic reviewer Greg Adams stated: " A brief and uneven album, Smokes Like Lightnin' is less compelling than Hopkins' '50s recordings, but strikes an appealingly lazy acoustic groove".[4] The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings said "the quality of Lightnin's performances is variable".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins

  1. "T-Model Blues" – 2:46
  2. "Jackstropper Blues" – 3:22
  3. "You Cook All Right" – 4:15
  4. "My Black Name" – 3:56
  5. "You Never Miss Your Water" – 2:36
  6. "Let's Do the Susie-Q" – 3:39
  7. "Ida Mae" – 5:26
  8. "Smokes Like Lightning" – 5:13
  9. "Prison Farm Blues" – 4:30

Personnel[edit]

Performance[edit]

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 Adams, Greg. Lightnin' Hopkins: Smokes Like Lightning – 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.