One of the coolest things about the Iceman was his guitar lines; his clean, clear style suggested that it was impossible for him to put a note wrong. Truckin' with Albert Collins
, a mostly instrumental collection of recordings from the early '60s (originally released as The Cool Sound of Albert Collins
in 1965) is an early example of that icy-smooth playing, unhindered by vocals (the one exception is the slow blues "Dyin' Flu"). Take a gander at the titles, for starters: "Frosty," "Frostbite," "Thaw Out," "Don't Lose Your Cool," "Shiver 'N Shake," and more--one senses a trend, here. Many of these songs became signature Collins tunes, including "Sno-Cone" and the aforementioned "Frostbite." The backing band, which includes alto and tenor sax, trumpet, and organ, and includes elements of R&B, jazz, and rock, provides a warm contrast to Collins's guitar, making his guitar work stand out even more. Small wonder that he came to be known as the Master of the Telecaster. --Genevieve Williams
One of the most important guitar albums, ever recorded - due to Robben Ford. Collins' early, and probably most creative, instrumental sides recorded for the small Hall record company. Amazing to learn that his style was fully developed at an early stage in his career. This sert contains some of the most powerful blues guitar instrumentals ever recorded.