A 22-track collection of Lightnin's earliest sides, recorded between 1946 and 1949. Starting off with a two-song session with pianist Thunder Smith from 1946, the next 11 tracks are solo work from 1947 and 1948, although by this time Lightnin' was playing electric. In the midst of all these solo tracks, Thunder Smith takes over the vocal on "Can't Do Like You Used To," a raw boogie with Hopkins on backup guitar. Although the tracks are not in chronological order, the collection holds together quite well, showing off Lightnin's early sound and how little it changed with the intervening years. Texas blues at its best.
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AllMusic Review by Cub Koda