From the opening salvo of "Frosty" right through to the final track "Sno-Cone II" there is not one bad track on this, although "Tremble" and "Shiver 'N Shake" are pretty much different takes of the same tune. Albert had his themes but they're so great it doesn't make any difference. Only one vocal tune here, the excellent slow blues "Dyin' Flu", the rest is a textbook of some of the most original blues guitar stylings ever made. Albert's uses the bass/neck pickup far more than in later years for some great big boomy dark/hot guitar tones, remarkably similar at times to SRV's big clean tone on Texas Flood (just listen to "Snow-Cone II if you don't believe me)
Although this album was released in 69, the tracks were recorded a few years earlier than that, on the Hall and TCF labels and then released as "The Cool Sound of Albert Collins" in 65. It's a short album that leaves you wanting more of the same, "The Complete Imperial Recordings" is an excellent companion.
The sound quality of the disc is phenomenal and the energy and originality of the performances is serious, only big Freddy could have written instrumental tunes as good or as varied as this, like the unusual "Icy Blue", that sounds like what would've happened if surf guitar had been born in Houston's third ward, or "Don't Lose Your Cool" sure to get you slip-slidin around your house. Although I love Albert's work on Alligator, this is still my favourite of his and any true fan of his will probably feel the same.