Day 20: The Coronavirus Countdown - 100 Days of Great Music

We haven't given you much blues, yet, either so today we're diggin' up a nice career retrospective of a bluesman from our neck of the East Texas woods.

Samuel John "Lightnin'" Hopkins was a country bluesman from Centerville, Texas, who was influenced by another East Texas bluesman named Blind Lemon Jefferson. Hopkins actually met Jefferson when he was eight years old, and was later taught by yet another classic Texas blues singer - a distant cousin by the name of Alger "Texas" Alexander.

I stumbled onto Hopkins through the music of Steve Earle who was an admirer of the Texas blues tradition. Your bonus pick today is an outstanding collection titled "The Complete Aladdin Recordings" that he recorded from 1946-48.

- Chuck Cox and Kendall Webb



The Game (1980)

Why I Love It

Epic is the best word to describe this album. As a fledgling fan of rock and roll when it was released, I was blown away. With every hit single off The Game, I remember thinking, 'I have never heard anything like this before.' And that bass line on "Another One Bites the Dust" — wow. This album is what happens when a great band with perhaps the all-time greatest lead singer swings for the fences and connects. Queen did that a lot.

Album Highlights

"Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "Another One Bites the Dust" and "Don't Try Suicide"

Kendall on Chuck's Album of the Day

I know the hits, but honestly, I had to give this one a spin to get a feel for the full album. It's very theatrical as you might expect from Freddie Mercury and the gang, and there's a reason they call this arena rock. This is music made to soar into the rafters and beyond with thousands of screaming fans singing along to every word. And I'm sure Chuck knows every word of it.


Creedence Clearwater Revival

Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits

Why I Love It

Honestly, when it comes to classic rock, I listen to Creedence Clearwater Revival about as much as any other act. It all starts with great songs, and John Fogerty had a full bag of them, but he sang with such an urgency in his prime that the songs are almost imprinted on our collective musical DNA. This is some of the finest rock-and-roll ever recorded.

I could have pointed you to just about any of CCR's studio albums from their self-titled debut in the summer of 1968 to "Pendulum" in December of 1970. They released a total of six LP's in that two-and-a-half year stretch, and all of them are essential listening. But this is one of the finest original rock-and-roll greatest hits collections with all 19 of the band's hits included among the 20 titles. For that reason alone, this collection becomes the definitive way to experience CCR, and even the casual fan will recognize just about every cut on this record.

Album Highlights

"Lodi," "Have You Ever Seen The Rain?" and "Someday Never Comes"

Chuck on Kendall's Album of the Day

You can't go wrong with anything by CCR. This greatest hits collection displays the depth of the catalogue of a band with one of the most distinctive sounds in rock and roll history. I imagine if I had been a little bit older, I would have seen as many CCR concerts as I could have managed.

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