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The Complete Aladdin Recordings

Album: The Complete Aladdin Recordings
# Song Title   Time
1)    Katie Mae
2)    Feel So Bad
3)    Backwater Blues (That Mean Old Twister)
4)    I Can't Stay Here in Your Town
5)    Can't Do Like You Used To
6)    West Coast Blues
7)    Short Haired Woman
8)    L.A. Blues
9)    Big Mama Jump
10)    Down Baby
11)    Let Me Play With Your Poodle
12)    Fast Mail Rambler
13)    Thinkin' and Worryin'
14)    Can't Get That Woman off My Mind
15)    Woman, Woman
16)    Picture on the Wall
17)    You're Not Goin' to Worry My Life Anymore
18)    You're Gonna Miss Me
19)    Sugar on My Mind
20)    Nightmare Blues
21)    Someday Baby
22)    Come Back Baby
1)    Lightnin's Boogie
2)    Baby You're Not Going to Make a Fool Out of Me
3)    Daddy Will Be Home One Day
4)    Moon Rise Blues
5)    Howling Wolf
6)    Morning Blues
7)    Have to Let You Go
8)    Mama's Baby Child
9)    Mistreated Blues
10)    My California
11)    Honey Babe
12)    So Long
13)    See See Rider
14)    Unpredictable Woman
15)    I Just Don't Care
16)    Drinkin' Woman
17)    Abilene
18)    Shotgun
19)    Rolling and Rolling
20)    Tell It Like It Is
21)    Miss Loretta
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel includes: Lightnin' Hopkins (vocals, guitar); Wilson "Thunder" Smith (vocals, piano).
  • Recoded in Los Angeles, California & Houston, Texas in 1946-1948. Includes liner notes by Pete Welding.
  • Digitally remastered by Ron McMaster (Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood,
  • California, September 1991).
  • Personnel: Lightnin' Hopkins (vocals, guitar, piano).
  • Liner Note Author: Pete Welding.
  • Recording information: Commercial Studios, Houston, TX (11/09/1946-02/25/1948); Quinn Studio, Houston, TX (11/09/1946-02/25/1948); Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA (11/09/1946-02/25/1948); Radio Records, L.A., CA (11/09/1946-02/25/1948).
  • Photographer: Geoff Spear.
  • THE COMPLETE ALADDIN RECORDINGS collects all 43 of Lightnin' Hopkins' tracks for Aladdin, a Los Angeles-based label that was the first to record the legendary Texas bluesman. One might be amazed at how fully developed Hopkins' art appears here, until one realizes that he was already 35 years old and a fully developed musician in 1947, when the first of these sessions took place. From the very first cut, the now standard "Katie May," Hopkins' confidence and mastery are apparent throughout this essential two-disc set.
  • Hopkins recorded four sessions for Aladdin, two with a small ensemble and two later sessions as a solo performer. The ensemble recordings, which fill the first half of the first disc, are raw, gritty, and sensual: in other words, rock & roll for adults. "Short Haired Woman" and "Let Me Play With Your Poodle" are among the highlights. The latter portion of this set features Hopkins alone, a setting that shows off both his guitar prowess and his haunting vocals. "Shotgun" and "Abeline" are among the R&B hits recorded at these sessions. This set is a must for blues devotees. Newcomers to the genre might prefer MOJO HAND, a career retrospective on Rhino Records.
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