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The Gold Star Sessions - Vol. 1

The Gold Star Sessions - Vol. 1

Bluesman Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins recorded a number of songs for Gold Star Records in Houston, TX between 1947 and 1950. The recordings were eventually licensed to Arhoolie Records for re-release in 1990. According to one source, Hopkins acquired his nickname based in part on his lightning fast finger work on his guitar and that the piano player on one of his early recording sessions was nicknamed “Thunder.” This collection includes his version of Mance Lipscomb’s classic protest song “Tom Moore’s Farm” (titled “Tim Moore’s Song” to avoid possible legal issues with the real Tom Moore).

Track Listing

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Short Haired Woman Lightnin' Hopkins 2:49
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102
Baby Please Don't Go Lightnin' Hopkins 2:53
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103
Going Home Blues (Going Back And Talk To Mama) Lightnin' Hopkins 2:57
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104
Automobile Blues Lightnin' Hopkins 2:50
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105
Big Mama Jump Lightnin' Hopkins 2:36
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106
Loretta Blues Lightnin' Hopkins 2:48
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107
Seems Funny Baby Lightnin' Hopkins 3:04
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108
Thunder And Lighting Blues (Coolin' Board Blues) Lightnin' Hopkins 2:44
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109
Grosebeck Blues Lightnin' Hopkins 2:36
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110
Tim Moore's Farm Lightnin' Hopkins 2:43
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111
Lightning Boogie Lightnin' Hopkins 2:53
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112
Traveler's Blues Lightnin' Hopkins 3:06
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113
Goodbye Blues Lightnin' Hopkins 2:46
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114
Unkind Blues Lightnin' Hopkins 3:00
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115
Fast Life Woman Lightnin' Hopkins 2:49
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116
Zolo Go (Zydeco) Lightnin' Hopkins 2:48
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117
You Don't Know Lightnin' Hopkins 2:43
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118
Treat Me Kind Lightnin' Hopkins 2:41
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119
Somebody Got To Go Lightnin' Hopkins 2:48
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120
Death Bells Lightnin' Hopkins 2:42
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121
Mad With You Lightnin' Hopkins 2:32
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122
Airplane Blues Lightnin' Hopkins 2:41
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123
Racetrack Blues Lightnin' Hopkins 2:37
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124
Unsuccessful Blues Lightnin' Hopkins 2:20
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