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King of the Blues Guitar [Extra tracks]

Albert King Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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Albert King is truly a "King of the Blues," although he doesn't hold that title (B.B. does). Along with B.B. and Freddie King, Albert King is one of the major influences on blues and rock guitar players. Without him, modern guitar music would not sound as it does -- his style has influenced both black and white blues players from Otis Rush and Robert Cray to Eric Clapton and ... Read more in Amazon's Albert King Store

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  • Audio CD (21 Mar 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002I7H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,097 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Laundromat Blues
2. Overall Junction
3. "Oh, Pretty Woman"
4. Funk-Shun
5. Crosscut Saw
6. Down Don't Bother Me
7. Born Under A Bad Sign
8. Personal Manager
9. Kansas City
10. The Very Thought Of You
11. The Hunter
12. I Almost Lost My Mind
13. As The Years Go Passing By
14. Cold Feet
15. You Sure Drive A Hard Bargain
16. I Love Lucy
17. You're Gonna Need Me

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These 17 tunes come from King's most fertile period, his 1966-68 tenure at Memphis's Stax Records. Stax chief Jim Stewart had been reluctant to sign blues artists because he felt straight blues wouldn't mesh with Stax's patented Memphis soul. Ironically, the fusion of King's sharp guitar wails with the dynamic rhythms of Booker T. & the MGs--the Stax house band--was what set King apart from other bluesmen. The unique blend produced classic after classic: Booker T. Jones' rolling piano propels "Laundromat Blues". Al Jackson's drum shuffle supports "Crosscut Saw". The driving horns of Andrew Love, Wayne Jackson and Joe Arnold accentuate "Born Under a Bad Sign". King's ripe and mellow vocals are a perfect match for the soul-drenched music while his dramatic string bends leap out. --Marc Greilsamer

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I honestly cannot believe that possible sexist lyrics on a blues album is a cause for concern. In any case, most of the time it's poor Albert getting the blues from mean, mistreatin' women. (In Laundromat Blues his woman is meeting her lover at the local laundromat - women eh?)
From top to bottom this album is a delight - there isn't a single slack moment on this record. Albert's singing (especially on "The Very Thought of You") is as sweet as a choir of angels, his guitar as dirty and funky as Hell itself. Add in Booker T and the MGs (just listen to Al Jackson Jr an "Cold Feet" - stunning)and you have one of the greatest blues compilations in existence.
Charles Shaar Murray in his book "Blues on CD" said that if he were rating CDs on a five star basis then this album would get a six. It is truly indispensable for anyone with even a passing interest in the blues.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album- watch out for duplication though.... 5 April 2008
By Dr J
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Just wanted to highlight to unsuspecting buyers that this album contains EVERY single track off the classic 'Born under a bad sign' album. Great value then, but don't do what i did and use this album as a starting reference point, and then upon further reading hastily decide you need to own the aforementioned classic Albert King album (all too easy in these 1-click days!), without cross-referencing the level of track duplication! Duh. I feel the Amazon review might have usefully drawn attention to this fact to forewarn numpties such as me.

Otherwise, faultless in my opinion. I have not heard the original vinyl recordings so can't comment on merits (or otherwise) of the remastering, but sounds par for the course to me.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars no snap, no crackle, no pop...CD quality is fine 29 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
Having listened to this CD on a mid-range system - Arcam amp, Cambridge Audio CD player and Mission speakers - and with Sennheiser cans - which, unfortunately due to to financial constraints, are hardly high-end system separates - I really can't understand what so many of the reviewers of ths CD are complaining about. The sound is not exactly great but really is hardly worth complaining about...I've heard plenty worse transfers to CD..in particular, there really are no crackles, pops or snaps... I don't know what versions are being sent to Serbia or elsewhere but I'd be happy to record my copy of the CD to any format you'd like and return to you...
I don't think there's much need to comment on the quality of the actual music as it just flies....classic was and will ever be... and just imagine how ec, jimi and so many others were inluenced by this
All i would say if anything the sound quality deteriorates slightly on the "bonus" tracks....but they are a more than welcome addition to my old vinyl copy of "Born under a Bad Sign"...
in short, my CD version ....and , i hope, yours too ...offers all the bite, sustain and attack you'd want from Albert's classic guitar sound, making this an absolutely classic album....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Six stars at least! 25 July 2008
By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This CD is essentially Albert's mid-60s record "Born under a bad sign" - one of the classic electric blues records - with the addition of the Stax singles "I love Lucy" "Funk shun" and "Cold feet" and a couple of others. All his classics are here that were recorded by many others in the second blues boom - "Pretty woman", "The hunter", "Crosscut saw" and of course the song "Born under a bad sign" itself. At the time in the 60s many of my friends were into soul and didn't like blues but they liked this record, which is blues you can dance to.

Albert was probably the most limited of the Kings (B.B. and Freddie) both as a guitarist and a singer but what he does he does wonderfully well - a powerful, relaxed voice and a screaming, sinuous guitar weaving in and out of the melody. All this over the funky soul strut of the Stax rhythm section and the Memphis horns. Six stars at least!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes indeed! 9 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent overview of Albert King’s beginning days with Stax Records and house band Booker T. & the MGs, along with The Memphis Horns. What this offers is the entire landmark Born Under a Bad Sign album which is considered by many to be the definitive urban Blues album. Atlantic packaged that album with some bonus material that is just as great.

King was without a doubt the most prolific Blues guitarist of his generation, and his sound spawned more imitators than even B.B. King. The remastered Rhino CD The Very Best of Albert King is the place to go to get the full effect of Albert's Blues power. His guitar doesn't stand out here near as much, but this is really a showcase for not only King's soulful string bending, but for the MGs' superior ensemble playing. It took the greatest Soul band in the world to be the most perfect band any Blues singer could ask for. Multi-instrumentalist Booker T. Jones will dazzle the listener with the most impressive technically and stylistically Blues piano work I've ever heard. And with King's producer and drummer Al Jackson, Jr. leading the way, these are some of the greatest records ever made - whatever the genre'.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, Beautiful Blues 17 Mar 2007
By Wilf
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm listening to this CD as I write this review, having recently received it through the post. I had decided that Albert King was under-represented in my CD collection and did some research into what my next purchase of his music should be. Having read all the reviews below, and after listening to the available samples, I made the decision that this CD was The One!

Well well well!! What can I say? Ecstasy by ear!

I have quite a good selection of blues CDs, with favourite artists including Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, BB King, Howlin Wolf, Robert Johnson, Johnny Guitar Watson, Lightnin Hopkins, Leadbelly, Freddie King, Son House, Elmore James, Rev Gary Davis, Mississippi Fred McDowell, T Model Ford, RL Burnside etc (and even one or two white guys!). Indeed I've been listening to the blues for 17 years or so, and reckon that I've got as good an ear for the blues as any (or many). I suppose that what I'm trying to get across is the notion that, after many years of digging great blues, and being familiar with a large number of blues CDs, I'm in a reasonable position to make informed comparisons and offer an opinion.

And, in my opinion, 'Albert King: King of the Blues Guitar' is without question one of the best compilations that you are likely to come across.

That's not to say, necessarily, that I love Albert's music any more (or any less) than that of any of the artists above. In the best blues tradition, Albert's contribution to the genre is unique, an entirely personal body of work. But rather, that this CD, from start to finish, is almost uniquely good in its consistently very high-standard track selection.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Dull and boring blues album by a supposed blues genius. Would only recommend to those I don't like and care for.
Published 5 months ago by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hunter
I was nearly put off buying this album by the negativity concerning the sound quality but thank goodness I wasn't because it is an absolute delight of a blues recording. Read more
Published 5 months ago by The Right Reverend
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy as many as you can!
Owned this on vinyl (without bonus tracks) for 40+ years. At this price, don't just buy a copy for yourself - get hold of as many as you can and give them to your friends!
Published 16 months ago by Fr Louis
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
DONT USUALLY LEAVE ANY COMMENTS BUT I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS ALBUM WONT BORE YOU WITH THE DETAILS OF WHERE AND WHEN IT WAS RECORDED IT IS A GEM BUY IT!!!@!!
Published 19 months ago by jbo
5.0 out of 5 stars YES PLEASE!!! GIVE ME SOME MORE!!
"Born under a bad sign" is said to be one of the greatest blues album ever....This is an extended version!!! Great stuff from the velvet bulldozer!!
Published 22 months ago by Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect - and then some
Besides the dreadful 'The Very Thought of You', Born Under a Bad Sign is probably the most magically perfect blues album of the 60s and beyond, and this collection contains all of... Read more
Published on 21 Dec 2011 by Angry bluesman
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic blues
There's not much that needs to be said about Albert King's place in the history of electric guitar and blues. This album contains a lot of the material that made his name. Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2011 by RV
5.0 out of 5 stars great
great service great item , forgotten how much I like Albert King ,totally satisfied with the product and the seeler would recomend
Published on 13 Nov 2011 by world war 2 in cartoons
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Album, Terrible Sound
I agree with many of the other reviewers - you can't beat this king for music. Except when the sound quality is this bad. Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2010 by Stephen Amos
4.0 out of 5 stars Albert lets loose.
This albums worse quality is the sound it can be piercing in the treble regions but you will enjoy the music King shows us how to play the blues with style and soul. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2009 by G. Skinner
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