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Jake Head Boogie
Lightnin' Hopkins
Jake Head Boogie
Genres: Country, Blues, Pop
  •  Track Listings (31) - Disc #1

31 amazing tracks from when the King of Texas Blues guitarwas in peak form in the late '40s & early '50s.


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All Artists: Lightnin' Hopkins
Title: Jake Head Boogie
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Ace Records UK
Original Release Date: 2/23/1999
Re-Release Date: 1/22/1999
Album Type: Import
Genres: Country, Blues, Pop
Styles: Classic Country, Traditional Blues, Regional Blues, Texas Blues, Electric Blues, Acoustic Blues
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 029667169721


Album Description
31 amazing tracks from when the King of Texas Blues guitarwas in peak form in the late '40s & early '50s.

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Available at last!
Tim Weber | Iowa | 04/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Ace Records' 31-track masterpiece is among the last Lightnin' Hopkins recordings to be released on compact disc, and what a welcome addition it is. Although I have a massive Lightnin' collection, I wasn't even sure these existed until the CD came out. Anyway, these 1948-51 (?) recordings feature some of his best music. If you loved "The Complete Aladdin Recordings" you will love these songs; they are from about the same period and, in fact, one song ("Mistreater Blues") was accidentally (?) sold to both Aladdin and Modern, the source of these recordings, so it appears on "Complete Aladdin" and "Jake Head Boogie." The only "problem" is that eight of these songs are alternate takes, and two appeared on the CD "Blue Lightnin'." (For this reason I'd give it 4.5 stars of I could). Otherwise, it's a great buy. Highlights include "War News Blues" and "Needed Time," an atypical sacred song featured in the movie "Sounder.""
As good as the blues gets
Lee Hartsfeld | Central Ohio, United States | 06/01/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Hopkins could play the blues in a slow, plodding fashion, or he could boogie in the nimblest manner. In both modes, he was among the most compelling and convincing 12-bar stylists ever to sit in front of a microphone. Long ago, I had a number of these tracks on bad-sounding LPs; it's great to hear them in vastly higher fidelity on this CD. There is no excuse for not buying this CD. None, whatsoever."
The True Master of the Texas Blues!
deepbluereview | SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA USA | 05/13/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Admittedly, I do not have a very large collection of Lightnin' Hopkins material. My Hopkin's material is limited to the "Complete Aladdin Sessions" and about four other CD's. Hopkins performed pretty much up to his death in 1982. This collection features tracks recorded in the late 1940's or early 1950's and were unavailable until now. As demonstrated on this disc, Hopkins was at his artistic peak around this time. His songs are full of metaphors and his guitar work was a study in improvisation. Other versions of these songs have poped up on other releases but not these particular variations. In blues music, there is always one of the originals that seem to speak to you in the songs they sing. For me, that man has always been Hopkins. If you want to hear original Texas blues, give this a spin."