Something Blue (Lightnin' Hopkins album)

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Something Blue
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Studio album by
RecordedOctober 1965
StudioLos Angeles, CA
LabelVerve Forecast
FTS 3013
ProducerDavid Hubert
Lightnin' Hopkins chronology
Lightnin' Strikes
Something Blue
Texas Blues Man

Something Blue is an album by blues musician Lightnin' Hopkins recorded in Los Angeles in 1965 and released on the Verve Folkways label in 1967.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings[3]

AllMusic's Steve Legget reviewed a CD compilation of the tracks and stated: "the result is actually a pretty decent record, featuring the slickest-sounding (relatively – we're talking Lightnin' here) Hopkins you're ever going to encounter. Given a backing band of Earl Palmer on drums, Jimmy Bond on bass, and Joe "Streamline" Ewing on trombone, Hopkins turns in measured (for him) and almost jazzy renditions of "Shining Moon," "Talk of the Town," and "Shaggy Dad," and even with the unlikely trombone accompaniment, it all works".[2] The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings called it: "a rather weird album Lightnin' recorded for Verve-Folkways, accompanied by bass, drums and jazz trombonist John "Streamline" Being. Among some routine but perfectly acceptable blues and boogies Lightnin' remembers an old song his brother Joel also sang "Good Times" and the rag song "Shaggy Dad"".[3]

Track listing[edit]

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

  1. "Shaggy Dad" – 2:42
  2. "I'll Be Gone" – 5:00
  3. "Shining Moon" – 4:00
  4. "Shake It Baby" – 4:53
  5. "Goin' Back Home" – 4:53
  6. "Good Times" – 4:10
  7. "What'd I Say" (Ray Charles) – 2:22
  8. "Don't Wake Me" – 4:42
  9. "Talk of the Town" – 2:35
Original Verve Folkways record label used for Lightnin' Hopkins "Something Blue", 1967




  1. ^ Both Sides Now: Verve Folkways/Forecast Discography accessed November 12, 2018
  2. ^ a b Leggett, Steve. Lightnin' Hopkins: King of the Texas Blues [Acrobat – Review] at AllMusic. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Russell, Tony; Smith, Chris (2006). The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings. London: Penguin. p. 281. ISBN 978-0-140-51384-4.