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Albert King at his wonderful best,
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This review is from: Years Gone By (Audio CD)
Born under a bad sign is generally regarded as the classic King record and I can see why, its a collection of great songs that have a wider appeal due to their short length and instant hooks. Plus it also has that amazing cover!. This album is different in that it has more of an album feel to it as opposed to a collection of singles. The songs are still short but they are puntuated by an instrumental and a reprise that give it added substance. For me Albert King will always be a great guitar player and this is an album that better showcases his talent. As much as i love born under a bad sign, being a guitar player I cant help this being my favourite. There is some really funky stuff here like 'cockroach' and 'if the washing don't get you' and the instrumentals are just brilliant. The cover of Howlin Wolf's 'killing Floor' is actually better than the original and is my personal highlight. I learned so much from this album its unreal and Id recommend it to any learning guitarist for its simple yet so effective playing. I only have an old version on vinyl so i cant comment on the bonus tracks but im definately going to get myself one on CD. For guitar players and fans of the blues this is just indespensable and for me Albert King at his peak.