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  • Audio CD (17 Oct. 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Stax
  • ASIN: B000000ZID
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,260 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Honky Tonk Woman (Album Version) 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Bay Area Blues (Album Version) 2:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Corina Corina (Album Version) 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. She Caught The Katy (And Left Me A Mule To Ride) (Album Version) 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. For The Love Of A Woman (Album Version) 4:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Lovejoy, ILL. (Album Version) 3:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven (Album Version) 4:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Going Back To Iuka (Album Version) 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Like A Road Leading Home (Album Version) 5:23£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

-Lovejoy (1971 'Stax') (36:40/09)Medium 1
  1. Honky Tonk Woman
  2. Bay Area Blues
  3. Corina Corina
  4. She Caught The Katy And Left Me A Mule To Ride
  5. For The Love Of A Woman
  6. Lovejoy, Ill
  7. Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven
  8. Going Back To Iuka
  9. Like A Road Leading Home

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Jun. 2008
Format: Audio CD
'Lovejoy' was produced by Don Nix in the early 70s, in Muscle Shoals and LA and is unusual among Albert's Stax records in that it doesn't feature any brass. It is perhaps his most 'rocky' record and probably one of his most laid-back - it's only on "Bay area blues" that his solo has real bite. Elsewhere, on mid-tempo songs like "Corina, Corina" and Taj Mahal's "My baby caught the Katy" we roll along in fine, relaxed form, powered by Barry Beckett's piano and the drums of Jim Keltner or Roger Hawkins. On the Stones "Honky tonk woman" we get a really full sound with female backing singers, while the final track "Like a road leading home" is a beautiful blues ballad from the mold of "Dark end of the street".

Dominating everything is Albert's effortless baritone voice and his guitar, which cuts through the mix of every track like a knife through butter. If you haven't heard this CD before I'd definitely recommend it, it's different from most of Albert's other records but producer Nix and the backing musicians (including Jesse Edwin Davis on guitar, and Donald Dunn or David Hood on bass) create a sympathetic background for Albert to soar over.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Albert's Alabama Album For Stax 6 Jan. 2009
By Perry Celestino - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This LP was a turning point for Stax and Albert King. It was released just as Stax was about to begin its demise and it used a combination of Stax session players such as "Duck" Dunn and Atlantic "White Boy" soul players who had backed the likes of Aretha Franklin. It also has guitarist Jesse Edwin Davis, who played with King on the famous Fillmore recordings. It was produced by Don Nix of "I'm Goin Down" fame and who had played sax with the Mar-keys and others. Albert pulls off a polished LP with a slick early 1970s sound. More of a combined sound than pure blues and it was recorded in Hollywood CA and Muscle Shoals, Alabama, not Memphis. This, I feel, was Albert's first commercial market album.

However, it is an LP from Albert's "Golden Period" and the tunes do come off as very well produced, although a few are over-produced (this was Albert's problem with Tomato Records later on). First of all, we start with a cover of the Stone's then recent hit "Honky Tonk Woman", but a completely different groove. It is more polished and Albert has backing singers for the first time since he recorded in Cincinnati in the early 60s. The lyrics are also changed to remove the brothel inferences. Stax, who didn't mind songs such as "Who's Making Love" and "I'll Be The Other Woman" didn't like brothels I guess.

"Bay Area Blues" is one of King's neglected classics. It is a different sounding tune with a great groove and is a ode to King's famous Fillmore sessions. "Corna Corina' is a tune that goes back to Blind Lemon Jefferson and was done by Big Joe Tuner and many more. This tune jumps and has a great feel to it. Albert's economic solo is outstanding. "She Caught The Katy" of Taj Mahal and Blues Brothers fame is a tune to me that has an "Alabama" folk feel to it. It's part blues, part soul and part funk. "For the Love of A Woman" is a standard LP piece that wouldn't be too exciting if Albert King wasn't doing it, again it reminds us of some of his later Tomato Records work in the mid-1970s.

"Lovejoy" Ill. is an outstanding talking blues instrumental that heralds the change in Albert had would be reflected in his next three releases. He starts to define blues-funk which as the time was a new thing in the 1970s with Sly Stone, Allen Troussaint (who produced a later King LP) and others. I really love this track, another King highlight which goes unnoticed in most compilation reissues. The highlight of the set is "Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven", written by Nix, which is one of King's best ever slow blues. It has a "modern progression" for the time, it's not a straight 12-bar blues, great lyrics "everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die" and a fantastic redefinition of King's standard guitar licks.

"Going Back To Iuka" is the only King track ever to have a slide guitar on it, King played no slide at all. It is effective in this tune. The final cut is a gem. "Like A Road Leading Home" was Stax's response to "Let It Be', "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and other gospel influenced tunes at the time. King had sung in a Gospel Group, the "Harmony Kings", as one point. This tune is one of the most soulful ever done by Albert, another unsung "classic" never released as a single (too long at the time). His fantastic soulful solo ends the record. This is truly one of Albert King's lost Stax classic records. It marks the change in music from the 60s to the 70s and Albert's style from "Live Wire" and "Years Gone By" to "I'll Play The Blues For You" and beyond.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
One of Albert's very best! 5 May 2004
By Ernie Wild - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album when it was first released and it remains one of my favorites! Albert at his best! The best word I can use to describe it is even! As well balanced an album as Albert ever put out! You can't go wrong with this one!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
My favorite Albert King Record 8 Jan. 2013
By Chris Cummings - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Had this one on Vinyl and had to have it back !!!
Something about Albert's voice on this recording makes ya want to hear it over and over
Keep'n The Blues Alive !!!!
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
sweatpea from fla/ny/ca 21 Nov. 2000
By ljlilly - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Robert was right! A classic blues cd/classic Albert. His usual outstanding guitar licks, and muscular vocals. But there's more. If there has been a flaw in King's body of work, it may be that some of the cuts on occasion "run together". This release has extra energy, a delicious flow, and each selection stands on it's own merits as Albert runs the gamut of emotions. Evocative, sweet, powerful, and...catchy? From first to last a buffet of very tasty blues.(Remember when you used to have a limited budget and you scoped out the albums where every/almost every tune was a fave? Bingo!
Like the title song 18 July 2013
By Barbara G. Ivan - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Otherwise, seems overproduced, but I like Albert King so will put up with that. Probably not the disc to get if you have no Albert King
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