Lightnin’ Hopkins was a giant of post-war blues whose innovative style was rooted in pre-war Texas traditions. A substantial portion of his body of work is available in this boxed set: 112 songs representing his complete output for the Prestige and Bluesville labels in the period between 1960 and 1964, including 13 tracks from a previously unreleased 1963 Swarthmore College concert. On about half of the material, Lightnin’ is backed by musicians such as Herbie Lovelle, Leonard Gaskin, Sonny Terry, and Belton Evans.
Also contained in the set are the interview segments of a rare Bluesville album (made in ’64) in which Lightnin’ talks freely about his childhood, his first exposure to the blues, and the like.
An illustrated 32-page booklet contains an insightful essay by Samuel Charters and complete discographical details.