RELEASE
June 19, 2007
LABEL
Stax
GENRES
Blues, Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues, Urban Blues

Album Review

A left-handed, self-taught guitar player who played his instrument upside down and backwards, Albert King could wring out guitar leads that were as sharp as razor blades zinging along a telephone line, but he was also a well-rounded musician, having played drums in Chicago for Jimmy Reed and was a good enough singer to have been part of a gospel quartet called the Harmony Kings. But his claim to fame and history will always be his guitar playing, and in particular, the sides he cut between 1966 and 1974 for Stax Records, the best of which are collected here. Stax was known for its funky Southern soul sides, and the blues wasn't really on the table for the imprint when King cut "Laundromat Blues" for them in 1966. The song did well enough that King became Stax's blues division almost single-handedly, releasing classics like "Crosscut Saw" in 1966 and King's signature tune, "Born Under a Bad Sign," written by William Bell and Booker T. Jones, in 1967. All of these are here, along with a slower and funkier remake of "Crosscut Saw" that King cut for Stax in 1974, making this compilation not only a fine introduction to this fiery guitar player, but also a solid survey of his peak years.
Steve Leggett, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Laundromat Blueshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Flaundromat-blues%252Fid257441455%253Fi%253D257441457%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  2. Oh, Pretty Womanhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-very-best-of-albert-king%252Fid257441455%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  3. Crosscut Sawhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fcrosscut-saw%252Fid257441455%253Fi%253D257441463%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  4. Born Under a Bad Signhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fborn-under-a-bad-sign%252Fid257441455%253Fi%253D257441466%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  5. Cold Feethttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fcold-feet%252Fid257441455%253Fi%253D257441471%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  6. (I Love) Lucyhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fi-love-lucy%252Fid257441455%253Fi%253D257441475%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  7. Blues Powerhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fblues-power%252Fid257441455%253Fi%253D257441478%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  8. Drowning on Dry Landhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fdrowning-on-dry-land%252Fid257441455%253Fi%253D257441482%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  9. Tupelo, Pt.1http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-very-best-of-albert-king%252Fid257441455%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  10. Waterhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fwater%252Fid257441455%253Fi%253D257441497%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  11. Wrapped Up in Love Againhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fwrapped-up-in-love-again%252Fid257441455%253Fi%253D257441505%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  12. Can't You See What You're Doing to Mehttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fcant-you-see-what-youre-doing-to%252Fid257441455%253Fi%253D257441509%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  13. Everybody Wants to Go to Heavenhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Feverybody-wants-to-go-to-heaven%252Fid257441455%253Fi%253D257441513%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  14. Angel of Mercyhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fangel-of-mercy%252Fid257441455%253Fi%253D257441517%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  15. I'll Play the Blues for You, Pt. 1http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fill-play-the-blues-for-you-pt-1%252Fid257441455%253Fi%253D257441520%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  16. Breaking Up Somebody's Homehttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fbreaking-up-somebodys-home%252Fid257441455%253Fi%253D257441523%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  17. Playing on Mehttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fplaying-on-me%252Fid257441455%253Fi%253D257441526%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  18. That's What the Blues Is All Abouthttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthats-what-blues-is-all-about%252Fid257441455%253Fi%253D257441530%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  19. Flat Tirehttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fflat-tire%252Fid257441455%253Fi%253D257441533%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  20. Crosscut Sawhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fid257441455%253Fi%253D257441537%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
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