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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure gold from start to finish, 18 July 2014
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This review is from: Born Under A Bad Sign [Stax Remasters] (Audio CD)
Like me I trust and hope Albert King fans will already have this album in one format or another and will inevitably have (or should already have) got hold of this remastered version - even if only for the superb cover. And if they have not then THEY SHOULD have. Likewise blues fans in general. And for those who are not familiar with big Al then this is probably the one to have. I only say "probably" because the other contender would undoubtedly be "I'll play the blues for you".

This blending of big Al's voice and guitar with the cream of Stax musicians has produced pure gold Whereas I am sure my previous recordings of this pushes big Al's guitar to the fore with quite piercing lead to the detriment of the backing. Here the mix is perfect. The cd opens up like a huge Amtrac powering up and slowly pulling out of Chicago for Memphis it then skips along for the next two tracks before thundering into "Oh Pretty Woman" - one of the highlights not just of this cd but of Al's whole repertoire. And so it goes on with one gold nugget after another.

I have slight reservations over tracks seven (a flute!!) and eleven but not enough to change the five stars and in any case who would begrudge big Al changing style briefly to open himself up to another audience. He still had to make a living.

I came late to these remasters because I already had these recordings both in LP and cd format and with so many other artists to add to my collection I questioned the logic in buying yet another version. I am so glad I did!
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