The Swarthmore Concert

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The Swarthmore Concert
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Live album by
RecordedApril 6, 1964
VenueSwarthmore College Folk Festival, Swarthmore, PA
ProducerShel Kagen
Lightnin' Hopkins chronology
Goin' Away
The Swarthmore Concert
Down Home Blues

The Swarthmore Concert, subtitled King of the Blues, is a live album by the blues musician Lightnin' Hopkins, recorded at the Swarthmore College Folk Festival in 1965. It was originally released as part of the seven-CD box set Lightnin' Hopkins: The Complete Prestige/Bluesville Recordings, in 1991, before being reissued on Bluesville as a single CD in 1993.[1][2]


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

AllMusic reviewer Cub Koda stated: "this languished unissued in Fantasy Records' vaults until its release in the early '90s. That's a shame, because this concert captures Lightnin' at his beguiling best, spinning tales and blues magic with every track. ... If you want a disc that clearly showcases Lightnin' Hopkins at his enchanting best, start your collection with this one; it's a charmer".[3]

Track listing[edit]

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

  1. "Baby, Please Don't Go" (Traditional ) – 2:09
  2. "My Black Cadillac" – 1:44
  3. "It's Crazy" – 2:32
  4. "Mojo Hand" – 3:02
  5. "My Babe" (Willie Dixon) – 2:20
  6. "Short Haired Woman" – 3:52
  7. "Mean Old Frisco" (Arthur Crudup) – 1:53
  8. "Trouble in Mind" (Richard M. Jones) – 2:44
  9. "The Twister" – 3:04
  10. "Green Onion" – 1:31
  11. "Sun Goin' Down" – 3:20
  12. "Come Go Home with Me" – 2:28
  13. "I'm a Stranger" – 3:07




  1. ^ Wirz' American Music: Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins discography accessed November 26, 2018
  2. ^ Discogs album details accessed November 26, 2018
  3. ^ a b Koda, Cub. Lightnin' Hopkins: Swarthmore Concert – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  4. ^ Russell, Tony; Smith, Chris (2006). The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings. Penguin. p. 280. ISBN 978-0-140-51384-4.