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HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERon 12 October 2011
This 1991 release is the 10th studio album from the coolest ice picker of them all, Albert Collins, and his fifth for Alligator records, THE blues label of the era. Sadly it was to be his last album before his untimely death from cancer shortly after the release.

Collins had a totally unique style that served him well throughout his recording career. At the heart of it was his unusually tuned guitar and the way he would pluck at the strings with his thumb and forefinger, eschewing a pick, and creating a sharp, clear, aggressive sound. He put this basic sound at the heart of a series of tracks that combined blues with a strong funky soul element (amplified by the use of horns and bass) and quite often a strong sense of humour.

Collins was a showman first and foremost, always finding new ways to surprise, amaze and entertain the audience. From this comes his desire to show off what he can do with the guitar, and his singing style which has a story telling quality and a sense of humour. This album shows off all these elements, with track after track of great funky blues as he tells stories of his trials and tribulations in life. An excellent buy for all those interested in blues. It's different from the usual blues music that you are probably familiar with, but all the better for it.
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on 13 May 2011
Albert Collins was a very individual blues guitarist. The music on this album represents some of his last work. The tone of his telecaster rings out through some excellently paced blues tracks on this album. Special tracks - Iceman and I'm beginning to wonder. Great stuff!
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on 19 September 2016
Good stuff!
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on 18 February 2015
One of Albert's last and best. Every track is a gem.
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on 2 June 2000
This is a great CD to start hearing Albert Collins at his best. It contains some of his best tracks, in that famous staccato, high-pitched Telecaster tone that he was famous for. A great one for the blues collection.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 17 June 2012
Without wishing to take away from the superb musicianship of this album, 'Iceman' could not be more of a blues cliche if it tried! You know the deal, repeat the first line of the song, mutter a few lyrics about bad luck and then start 'playin' your Guiitaar'. Setting a mid-tempo pace, the idea then is to repeat this dose a few times impressing everyone with your playing until you get to the end of the song where you will end with one of those drum roll DUM DUM... finishes.

Now I don't mean to 'diss' our Albert - let me make that perfectly clear - but you have to say it as you hear it and I don't think anyone could honestly say that 'Iceman' is 'an inspiring album to break new ground'...

The good side of this album being such a cliche is that if you like traditional blues music with James Brown horns, wicked guitar licks, gruff monotone vocals and serious foot-tappin' bass lines you will LOVE this album.

Best track for me is the opener 'Mr Collins, Mr Collins' because not only does it set the album up nicely, the female backing vocals revolve simply around a plea to Albert not to play so loud and this at least proves that the man had a good sense of humour. As for the songs, well, as I said earlier, none of them take a lot of grey matter to listen to and to my mind they are simply too much of a cliche to be interesting but as 'Mr Collins, Mr Collins' proves, 'Iceman' was never meant to be anything more than a vehicle for Albert to do what he did best - play some blues...
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