Lightnin' Hopkins

Fishing Clothes: The Jewel Recordings 1965-1969

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These 43 sides offer a very telling portrait of Texas blues giant Lightnin' Hopkins between 1965 and 1969 when he was recording for Jewel. Almost all of these sides are electric, many of them up-tempo idiosyncratic takes on Texas jump blues or far Western versions of Delta music. West Side has done a fine if not exemplary job of cleaning up sound and getting dates correct, as well as the sidemen. These two discs are a boon to any real Lightnin' Hopkins collection.

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