Lightnin' Hopkins

Mojo Hand: The Anthology

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As with its John Lee Hooker two-disc set, Rhino offers a very pleasant way to begin serious appreciation of Lightnin' Hopkins' humongous recorded legacy with this 41-track anthology. His Aladdin, Gold Star, RPM, Sittin' in With, and Mercury output are all liberally sampled on disc one, and there are a half-dozen of those electrifying 1954 Herald sides that verged on rock & roll. Disc two is a less exciting affair; those 1960s folk-blues and later efforts usually pale in comparison to seminal early efforts. Still, for a cogent overview of the guitarist's daunting discography, this is the place to start.

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