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Lightnin' Hopkins – Mojo Hand + Blues In My Bottle

Album Review

Two contrasting albums from the early 60s by the Texas bluesman

Soul Jam's policy with these twofers seems to be to find a pair of albums made around the same time but not cut from the same cloth. Mojo Hand, recorded in late 1960 for Bobby Robinson’s Fire label, has the singer-guitarist playing somewhat amplified, with a well-behaved rhythm section and a good deal of studio echo. The echo apart, this is pretty much as Lightnin’ would been heard in the clubs of Houston, performing personal favourites such as Mojo Hand or Shine On Moon!. Out of left field comes Have You Ever Loved A Woman, one of the small group of recordings where he played piano.

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