CAPITOL BLUES #4: LIGHTNIN’ HOPKINS, BIG JOE WILLIAMS, SONNY TERRY & BROWNIE McGHEE Rediscovered Blues (1995)

Rediscovered Blues (1995)
A Blues Summit… And Then Some

Oh, man this is good. Rediscovered Blues is actually a collection of three different sessions – Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee (Dec. 29, 1959), Big Joe Williams (Oct., 1980) and the cream of this set, an exceptional, must-have blues summit recorded July 6, 1960, featuring Lightnin‘ Hopkins, Big Joe and Sonny & Terry performing together for the first time on record. The six extended summit tracks, reaching up to eight minutes per track, feature all of the players live in the studio, taking vocal turns on slow, smoldering blues tracks that draw you into the proceedings like few sessions can. The stereo separation is a treat, as improvised asides from the different singers pop out of different corners of the stereo spectrum, creating an intimate, you-are-there vibe. The ‘summit,’ on the first half of disc one, is among my favorite music from the Capitol Blues series, and was originally released in 1960 as Down South Summit Meeting, before being repackaged as Lightin’ Hopkins LPs (First Meetin’, Penitentiary Blues). The Sonny & Terry and Big Joe solo sessions are icing on the cake. Thanks to ARTKoen for the .pdf liner notes. We’ve got more releases from The Capitol Blues Series, HERE. Find it at Amazon, HERE.

1
LIGHTNIN‘ HOPKINS, BIG JOE WILLIAMS, SONNY TERRY & BROWNIE McGHEE
Ain’t Nothin’ Like Whiskey
(7:57)
Penitentiary Blues
(6:48)
If You Steal My Chickens, You Can’t Make ‘Em Lay
(5:41)
First Meeting (7:11)
How Long Have It Been Since You Been Home? (4:13)
Wimmin From Coast To Coast (5:53)
SONNY TERRY & BROWNIE McGHEE
Key To The Highway
Lose Your Money
Louise
Sportin‘ Life
New Harmonica Breakdown
Prison Bound
Livin‘ With The Blues
Blowin‘ The Blues

2
SONNY TERRY & BROWNIE McGHEE (cont.)
Baby, Please Don’t Go
Twelve Gates To The City
Pawnshop Blues
Brownie’s Guitar Blues
BIG JOE WILLIAMS
Oh Baby
Hand Me Down My Old Walking Stick
Shady Grove
Mama Don’t Like Me Runnin‘ ‘Round
Sittin‘ ‘n’ Thinkin
Scardie Mama
Blues ‘Round The World
Everybody’s Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone
Pearly Mae
Baby Keeps On Breaking ‘Em Down
Church Bells Ring
Take It All
Toledo To Buffalo
She’ll Be Coming ‘Round The Mountain
Old Folks Tavern
Baby, Please Don’t Go

15 Comments

  • Capt. Willard
    March 12, 2010 - 15:06 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • dna
    March 12, 2010 - 20:07 | Permalink

    These are just amazing. Thank you :0)

  • Anonymous
    March 12, 2010 - 21:17 | Permalink

    Hey. My mum and dad took me to see Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee and Memphis Slim in Belfast when I was 10. My first concert. My parents had class. So did those old boys.

    Jonny

  • Anonymous
    March 13, 2010 - 02:05 | Permalink

    Can't wait to hear these. Thanks for posting.

  • Art Ducko
    March 13, 2010 - 09:32 | Permalink

    Lightnin' Hopkins always sounds like the grand-dad you wanted to hang out with on the front porch just so you could hear his tall tales. Sonny, Brownie, & Big Joe sound like your favorite uncles up to no good. No telling what kind of mischief went on during the summit recordings. Thanks for the good times.

  • Mingus
    March 13, 2010 - 16:40 | Permalink

    Thank You
    Thank You
    Thank You

  • Johnny Pierre
    March 13, 2010 - 17:38 | Permalink

    Finally, a definitive version of "She'll Be Comin Round The Mountain" !!

  • Anonymous
    March 14, 2010 - 02:19 | Permalink

    thanks man, solid.. js.

  • weaka
    March 15, 2010 - 18:01 | Permalink

    thank you very very much

  • majorcurry
    April 2, 2010 - 23:16 | Permalink

    awesome posts! thank you

  • December 13, 2011 - 07:31 | Permalink

    Didn’t think I’d ever say this to anyone, but thanks for giving me the blues.

  • Willard
    September 6, 2012 - 23:33 | Permalink

    Thanks for all the comments.

  • VSOP
    May 3, 2014 - 13:37 | Permalink

    the big boys of da blues..thanks

  • Anonymous
    March 2, 2015 - 20:08 | Permalink

    Looking forward to this. I like Lightning Hopkins a lot.

  • Belasco
    October 24, 2015 - 05:29 | Permalink

    Amazing! Thank you!

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