Get the compilation of all 3 of the albums released on Shelter with Leon Russel instead as it's the same price and theres some fantastic out takes which are better than anything on the 3 albums.
This albums a pretty good one, but the 2 cd comp is sooooo much better and comprehensive; Yes 50% of it is average to poor but the other 50% is dynamite.
Freddy King, when not overproduced or misdirected, is the best of the 3 Kings of the blues in my opinion.
Once you've got the King of the Blues double CD get the amazing Burglar album.
Larger than Life is a mixture of good and abysmal.
The 2 albums on Atlantic with King Curtis are alittle dissapointing.
The early stuff on King is good too.
Check it all out!
on 7 February 2008
As a massive fan of all things bluesy I can honestly say that this meaty album would always make its home in my top five blues albums. Freddies best in my opinion and also has his most dynamic songs 'goin down', 'livin on the highway' and 'palace of the king'. Get this now, its a monster.
on 24 August 2013
Great album. I'm a big BB King and John Lee Hooker fan, and not heard anything by Freddie King before, but this has to be one of the best blues albums I've heard. It's got a modern feel to it, whilst maintaining true to traditional roots. The recording and the re-issue is superb. The vinyl is almost completely quiet, and the mastering is clear warm and dynamic. Highly recommended.
on 2 April 2010
I got this as a vinyl disc when it was first released and rate it as one of the best albums ever released. It's Freddie in the studio with the great Don Nix at the mixing desk and it is the combination of the two of them ( along with bassist Duck Dunn who played in the studio band on all the great Stax RnB records of the 1960s and was part of Booker T & The MGs) that brings a unique piece of magic to the whole album. It is like no other album that Freddie made and the version of 'Goin Down' beats the hell out of all other versions from everyone else ever, even JJ Cale himself & Jeff Beck.That track alone is worth the dosh. Just listen to it thundering out at you with Freddie yelling at full throttle whilst making his guitar cry in fury and Duck Dunn hammering out the most fantastically rivetting, bass playing you will have ever heard. It is just fantasic. There are some more traditional blues tracks on the album but the whole feel of the thing is just so different and I absolutely love it for that.
on 26 January 2002
Freddie King was an exceptional blues guitarist, who played with incredible power and verve. His career fell into two distinct parts, early 60s instrumentals, and BB King influenced slow blues numbers, followed by a lull, before he re-entered the public eye, thanks in part to the British blues boom, when Mayall, Clapton, Green et al acknowledged their debt to him. This led onto the early 70s period of consolidation, with extensive touring, when his sound became a little heavier.
Apart from instrumentals, his style was notable for its surging, intense soloing, (certainly a big influence on Eric Clapton) on slow blues, his treatment of blues ballads, he had a voice which inclined towards soul and straight forward boogie.
This seminal album is the best of his 70s efforts.
The outstanding tracks are "Key to the Highway," "living on the Highway" and "Five Long Years."
He moves into rock mode on "Going Down" (covered by the Jeff Beck Group of the period) and "Palace of the King," and there are also some tasteful accoustic numbers including Elmore James' "Dust My Broom." (The additional accoustic number may have been a bonus track, I'm writing this review from memory and don't have a copy to hand)
Freddie King is one guitarist I'd love to have seen live, and by all accounts he was an incredible showman. This is an excellent introduction to his marvellous talent.
on 29 April 2015
I came to this album via the Leon Russell connection and was not disappointed. Imagine "The Shelter People" with Freddie King as a front man and you'll get the idea. This is "da blooz" served up with a large dollop of rock on the side which is how I like it best. (If you enjoy this check out the other two albums he recorded on the Shelter label "Texas Cannonball" and "Woman Across The River" and as Amazon would say "you may also like" the Jimmy Rogers album Blues Blues Blues which features Clapton, Jagger, Richards, Plant, Page and Steve Stills amongst others.)